Saffron Soul is the lobby level restaurant in Hotel Marigold, Begumpet. During my numerous visits to Mekong, my favorite Pan-Asian restaurant in this hotel, I have passed by this place, and could not help but notice the buffet spread. So when Groupon had an offer on the restaurant buffet, we promptly availed and landed up here for Friday dinner.
As we reached around 8:30, we were promptly seated. We started with Paya Soup. However it tasted a bit dilute to me. The same experience was with the Pina Colada welcome drink. We brought this to the attention of wait staff, and we were served a Sparkling Blue drink instead which tasted good.
The starters were served on the table. I loved the Crusty Fish Fry, small size fish fillets fried in a batter and served with tartar sauce. The Kalimirch Murgh Kabab was not very spicy. The veg starters were fried babycorn and Haryali Tikka, both were fairly decent.
On to the main course. I loved the Roasted Turkey. It was really well prepared and served with a sweetish chili sauce and cheery tomatoes. The mixed veg in fondue cheese was also a nice preparation. There was a seafood dish in white sauce mainly consisting of shrimps and squids. Whereas the seafood tasted fine, I did not like the preparation, which was very bland.
The Oriental items I suspect was from the Mekong kitchen both Fish in Black Sauce and Sliced Veg in Basil Garlic Sauce were brilliant and combined well with the noodles.
Next the Indian counter which had the ubiquitous Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani, Nizami murg, Andhra Mutton and a fish curry. The Nizami murg was spicy and delicious, but the mutton was hard and undercooked. There were paneer and veg options as well.
A fairly large salad counter was well laid out to accompany the main dishes. There was a live counter for pizzas, pasta and South Indian snacks.
Among the desserts I liked the Mango Shrikhand. The panacotta was passable. The other ones served were Umm Ali (the Arabic dessert), Malpua, soufflé, stuffed jamuns and many others.
We ended with Rose Petal and Black Currant Ice cream.
What I liked about the buffet is that it is truly multi cuisine. The Oriental and Continental items were very good. The preparations are in general low in oil and spice, so we did not feel heavy after the food. The staff is very attentive, and really took good care of us.
The buffet is priced around Rs 900. If you are a large group this place should be on your list - there is something for everyone.