Review: Legends Grille (Multi Cuisine- North Indian, Asian, Continental)
Spice Mall, Sector 25, Noida UP.
The classy, grill cum buffet restaurant was a stark contrast to its contemporary high priced buffets. We stepped into the restaurant, thinking it to be an experimental try-out, but it turned out to be quite pleasant!
The décor was quite plain and typical as for any grill cum buffet restaurant, except the see through kitchen, where the master chefs could be seen flipping their tandoor creations!
With a good arrangement for seating, the restaurant had planned the space well, including the massive space for private parties. However, they need to fill in and beautify the false ceiling, which still showed the hard cemented concrete of the actual one!
Excellent is the word! Despite a teeming crowd, the restaurant staff, including the manager, pulled it off with élan. Every table was well attended and well served. The constant quest for achieving perfection and customer satisfaction was written all over their faces and of course, in their sweet talk!
The food, especially at the quoted low priced cost, turned out to be winner! The appetizers were indeed the winners as it included a plethora of veg and non-vegetarian fare. There were tandoori tikkas, seekhs, fried fritters and loads of sauce based condiments for the taste buds, but what caught my fancy was the spider fry, which was fried to make it look squiggly like a spider! I relaxed to find it to be a fish and prawn pakora.
Other delights were the potato salsa, potatoes laced in mayonnaise, lightly sautéed Lebanese prawns, fish and chicken tikkas. The Tikkas were smoking hot and absolutely juicy and tenderized to perfection. The spices had seeped in well, to pronounce a mild and subtle impact. They went well with the chilled Mojito, which turned out to be complimentary as well!
Soon after the starters, we were served a paan flavored drink in a neat looking shot glass. The flavor was fresh and did help in removing the lingering taste of food. I personally loved this signature style of the restaurant, before making a way to the main course section.
The main course began with soups and bread sticks, which included veg thukpa soup and chicken Manchurian soup. The chicken Manchurian soup was just about average and it could have been made more flavorsome and less tangy!
What came out to be impressive was the salad platter, which had a number of salads in veg and non-veg varieties. I loved the grilled smoky chicken salad, potato and pineapple salad, spicy corn, pasta in green pesto and chicken with mayonnaise.
The main course spread was usual. In Indian food, there were the assortment of breads including roti, butter roti, naan and lachcha paratha with tomato based gravies for paneer and chicken. However, the best among them was butter chicken, which was aromatic, tangy and mildly spiced, with super juicy and tender boneless pieces of chicken.
The next Indian recipe, which I loved, was the Dum biriyani. The rice was gently laced in the marinated spices of the chicken, was quite delectable and aromatic.
There were some Chinese main course dishes like sweet and sour broccoli, hakka noodles, garlic fish and chili chicken as well, but I stayed away as my focus had to be the dessert section, which looked all bright and colorful.
Desserts were the 1st runners up in the game, which showcased a wide range of sumptuous cream laden desserts. From cream filled tart, bite size range of pastries to the Indian sugar laden sweets, the table looked replete with every dessert variant.
The desserts included fresh fruits, blueberry cheesecake, chocolate cream filled pastry, Green pistachio pastry, cream tart, plain apple cinnamon cake, chocolate mud cake, strawberry pastry, shahi tukda, gulab jamun and four flavors of ice cream with an assortment of sweet sauces.
The apple cinnamon cake had delicious, subtle hints of apples and cinnamon, while the chocolate mud pie was gooey and sinful. The lemon tart was good and the cream tart was a delightful as well. The pastries were average, but the blueberry cheesecake was not that great. The cheesecake lacked the tanginess of the cheese and had more of cream into it.
A thumbs up for sure! For just about Rs.350 per plate, the food fare was more than satisfactory. Right from service, the wide variety of food, the taste to the portion size, everything was value for money. For four people, our bill came to a total of Rs. 1810, inclusive of taxes.
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