April 27, 2014
SEN5ES – All-Day Dining Innovation
By Anubhav Sapra
SEN5ES is an all-day dining concept by Pullman Gurgaon, Central Park. Located at the Lobby Level, the restaurant exudes a warm contemporary feel with a culinary spectacle. A visual delight for the eyes; the alluring aroma of food wafting through the restaurant; an authentic & delectable world cuisine; and the personal touch of a Pullman persona, all combine to give you a superb experience! Needless to say, the word SEN5ES then signifies the surreal experience offered to the guests.
The 130 cover new attitude all-day dining revolves around the five interactive show kitchens displaying a sumptuous array of food, a dining concept that brings the excitement of cooking from behind the scenes to your table. These stylishly designed live cooking stations comprising of a wood burning pizza oven, the rare Chinese duck oven, tandoor and grill station, ice cream teppanyaki, and saut stations, are encompassed with fire and an enchanting aroma that engage the guests! Playing with natural light, the sky light in a section of the restaurant ceiling, paired with a luscious green view and the warmth of the impeccable service creates an unforgettable experience! The uniqueness of the restaurant is highlighted with its attention to detail with under-lit plate cabinets showcasing the pristine china and cutlery and the place-setting of each table keeping in mind, convenience, simplicity and style.
However, it is difficult to review buffet of any restaurant when compared to A la carte. There is a huge variation in taste. I noticed this during my visit to Sen5es where I tried only Indian cuisine out of the buffet. While other bloggers started with Soup, I quietly roamed around the restaurant trying to find the tikkas and biryanis to satisfy my hungry soul. The most enticing was the Chicken Tikka and Fish Tikka. I started the journey with Chicken Tikka, which was quite normal, not as soft and succulent as it should be.
Their mouth-watering chaat menu was a treat to the eyes- Dahi Bhalla, Bhel Poori Chaat, Papadi Chaat, Naspati ki Chaat, Mix Sprouts Chat and Tawa Aloo Chat. You can add the masalas and chutney according to your preferences. Unfortunately, the Dahi Bhalla was hard to crack. Normally, the mark of a good dahi bhalla is its soft balls of urad dal soaked and served with yogurt. The Chef got me another plate of Dahi Bhalla but from the A la carte menu this time, which was perfectly made, with softer bhallas and the correct balance of spices. Here again I was reminded of the maxim, one cannot judge the food of a restaurant by its buffet menu!
In the main course, I had Nihari Gosht, Chicken Tikka Masala, Trivandrum fish curry and Biryani. The fish tasted heavenly but the Chicken Biryani lacked the texture and flavor. The SEN5ES has an enticing list of desserts to opt from : Moong Dal Halwa, Banana and Choco Chip Pudding, Mango Cake, Raspberry Cake, Tiramisu and are some among them. What I liked the most was the Kheer, which had a nice smoky flavor.
The most significant element of the restaurant is their steady inflow of customers, which itself is an excellent indicator of their reputation for quality. Fine food and a lovely ambience – Go for it!