Review: The Square, Novotel, Visakhapatnam (All day dining- Multi Cuisine)
Novotel, Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. Ph # +91 89 12822222
Another beach facing regalia hotel of Visakhapatnam, ‘The Square’ definitely tops my list for its beautiful, pristine surroundings, ample spacing, and friendly décor and not to mention the vast array of gourmet cuisine on display. Located right at the RamaKrishna Beach of Vizag, the all day dining lounge is a must visit, especially if you love a wide buffet spread. Nonetheless, the restaurant is also known for its ala-carte spread, which is also one of the hot favorites amongst tourists!
Ensconced by glass doors on all side, the lounge highlighted a well ventilated ambience, with lots of natural light streaming in. Without overdoing the décor, the interiors were kept simple and minimalistic. The entrance boasted of two huge floor-to-ceiling glass shelved cupboards on either side, showcasing an enormous collection of vintage wines.
The table arrangement, mostly with 2, 4 and 6 seater arrangement was a subtle mishmash of beige and orange, lifting the mood, in conjunction with the green grass and wide expanse of beach waters outside.
The service was prompt and I was impressed at the way the tables were swiftly cleared or attended with proper orders in a flash of second.
As mentioned the food was elaborate and well displayed. Right from the cold salads, anti pasto, appetizers, main course spread to the lavish dessert, everything was quite charmingly done.
First I started off with soups, which came in two variants and a fresh platter of variety of breads. There was chicken sausage soup and a sweet corn soup with scallion. I tried the latter with a slice of flax seed bread. Unfortunately, the soup tasted just about the average ‘sweet corn soup’, but the bread tasted quite fresh and soft.
The other types of breads also included the soft flour buns, brown bread, bread sticks and oats bread.
Amongst the cold salads, I personally loved the ‘Fish and French bean with mustard’, egg salsa and the tomato and mushroom in balsamic vinegar.
While the first one was a steamed fish and bean dish lightly laced in mild mustard sauce, the egg salsa was a sudden explosion of yolk, combined with tangy salsa and a dash of mayonnaise. Quite a contrast I must say. The balsamic one was aromatic with mint, light, refreshing and faintly sweet as well. All the three had a unique and distinct taste of their own.
The stuffed Zucchini was also a nice surprise as it was nicely grilled and stuffed with mashed potatoes and hummus filling.
The orange shooters were just carrot juice concentrate, while the rest of the spread consisting of papdi chat with sev, achari tikka, pepper chicken, honey lemon fish etc. were just about average. The honey lemon fish was beautifully done with the tangy lime and honey sauce.
For the main course, I started with chili garlic noodles with schechuan sauce, chicken stew with red beans and vegetables in oriental sauce. The noodles were lightly spiced and done nicely. However, the chicken broth with kidney beans was nothing great. Even the vegetables in oriental sauce had an overpowering lemon taste and lent lingering lemon like bitterness towards the end.
The best one from the spread was ‘jhinga masala’ which was nicely spiced and the prawns were tender, soft and juicy. They went well with the butter rotis.
The dessert spread was the best part amongst all. They served both Indian and western dessert dishes. I liked the apple and cinnamon crumble, melon jelly, mud pie and profitroles. The profit roles, a typical French confection is normally quite difficult to prepare, but the dessert was bang on right. The soft flour ball with a lightly sweet cream filling inside and a hint chocolate and tangy sour cream outside was beautifully done to perfection.
The melon jelly was a melon sorbet in gelatin and tasted quite refreshing after the heavy cream laced profit role. The mud pie, although had a heavy chocolate layer above, the cake below had turned a little dry.
Apple and cinnamon crumble were mildly sweet and spiced and were nice to round off.
Also there were ice creams in chocolate and strawberry flavors, along with malpuas, rabdi, butterscotch mousse and fresh fruits.
The butterscotch mousse was light, fluffy and went well with an additional dollop of butterscotch sauce on top. The fruits too were fresh and delightful, colorful spread.
This place is a must visit for some great starters, salads and dessert spreads. Plus the scenic view is a complete plus point of this place and hence, a must visit. Even the charges were quite reasonable and for two drinks, along with our regular buffet spread, the order came to just Rs. 2150, inclusive of taxes.