Restaurant Review: Lila Bombay Duck Hyderabad

Restaurant Review: Lila Bombay Duck Hyderabad
Highlights

Bombay Duck Dining Company has always been captivating for its ambiance and wide array of cuisines, be it the French (the only one) cuisine at Bouchon, the Indian cuisine at Lila, Mediterranean cuisine at Aubergine and the laid back leisure place to chill out at Amethyst. Located in Rd # 10 Jubilee hills, Bombay Duck is a landmark in itself. I was invited for a their new menu launch at Lila.

Bombay Duck Dining Company has always been captivating for its ambiance and wide array of cuisines, be it the French (the only one) cuisine at Bouchon, the Indian cuisine at Lila, Mediterranean cuisine at Aubergine and the laid back leisure place to chill out at Amethyst. Located in Rd # 10 Jubilee hills, Bombay Duck is a landmark in itself. I was invited for a their new menu launch at Lila.

The moment you walk in to the second floor, Bombay Duck transforms into a typical fine dining Indian restaurant with soda bottles adorning the walls of Lila.
Once seated, a glass of pulpy fruit punch was served which was good except that it was slightly on a sweeter note.. Makai Kali mirch ka Shorba was the first on the list, this one had generous amount of American corn and tasted good, and the effect of kali mirch could be felt on the epiglottis. Murgh Adraki shorba on the other hand was liked by all.
From the appetizers, Panner Kutti Mirch was my favorite. The paneer was not very zesty as it sounded, but was well balanced with mustard flavor, extra points to the freshness of the paneer which is something you wouldn’t find very often these days.
Hare Masala ka Bhoona Aloo was next on the list, the first serving was decent but then the second was very ordinary. The consistency of the meat served in Bhuni Boti and Murgh Tikka was top notch, however murgh tikka was slightly salty while bhuni botti was just about decent.
Of the mains, Paneer Kurchan was the first to follow, I liked the simple flavor of this dish but this wasn’t exciting enough to go for a repeat. The Ralli Milli Sabzi which is an assortment of different vegetables fell a little short of my expectations. The Dal Leela made up for the previous two dishes, this one had delicious flavors of black lentils and kidney beans which was generously topped with butter and cream.
Loved it! The Rotis were brought hot out of the tandoor and went well with the main dishes. On the other hand, Adraki Daniya Murgh was liked by all while Kashmiri Rogan Josh fell short of expectation due to its overpowering effect of cinnamon. One distinguishing factor that I noticed here is the fact that the biryani is mentioned as Tawa biryani unlike other places which claim its dum biryani but offer tawa variant.
The Veg Biryani and Murgh biryani were brilliant in its flavor and consistency, the mirchi ka salan served along was a passe but the raita was outstanding. Shahi tukda and Fruit Kheer were the deserts on the list and they deserve full marks for its taste.
The Fruit kheer was a different take on kheer, flavored with rabdi and topped with fruits it was outstanding while the shahi tukda was one of the best ive had in the recent times. The prices of the new menu have been toned down to at least 30%. On the whole, though this time it was an average experience, Lila definitely calls for a second visit to try their other dishes on the menu.
Review and photos by Vishal Fernandes
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