Vasco’s @ The Hilton, Chennai

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This past monday, met with my gal pals to celebrate women’s day, albeit a day too late. We decided to meet for dinner at Vasco’s at the Hilton as it would be closer to a few coming from that side of town.

This was my first visit here although I’d been to the Q bar for a couple of events. I was looking forward to this dinner but was sorely disappointed with the food and service.

Vasco’s has a buffet for dinner, which was what we opted for. The staff brought us some tomato soup, which was about the only thing that screamed delicious, that I had 2 helpings of. At this point we were told veg and non veg starters would be brought to the table.

A couple of non veg starters arrived, the veg ones didn’t show. The server then took an order for pizza and pasta and said it will come with veg starter. Finally some paneer and something else showed up and after reminding the server the pizza also came.

We then walked to get our food, as the food is spread out it gives an impression of plenty. There was a sushi station so got all the 3 veg varieties they had. This was good along with the wasabi that cleared my sinuses instantly.

Next picked up some salads which were ok as were the dumplings. The cheese platter had a good assortment and some yummy salted almonds and sweet apricots. The veg noodles were sweet and not very tasty. The fried rice had minimal flavor but was ok.

The curd rice was innovatively served in small glass jars, unfortunately the one I got had rice lumps which were hard without any curd mixed into them. Didn’t try any of the subzi as they didn’t appeal much to me.

Finally went for desserts and it was disappointing. The white forest cake was quite bad, I for one felt its way past its expiry date. The spiced apple had neither apple nor spice flavor. The strawberry cheesecake was not really a cheesecake! There was a crepe station, manned by no one, finally someone came and brought us chocolate, strawberry and butterscotch ones. I only tried the chocolate which was ok, the chocolate sauce felt like a cheap version and not rich, they could have just stuck with nutella. My friends who tried the strawberry said it was bad and could eat more than a bite.

I must say that while we placed our orders for crepe is when our pasta arrived. It was just pasta and white sauce, my friends thought i had got to take back to my daughter. Considering it was Hilton and the buffet priced at some 1900 plus tax, one would hope the standards would have been better. Alas this may be one of those places which we will probably never see again.

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.

Ruth Reichl

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