They call it a fine-dine restaurant because of the experience, ambiance and food. If any of this is missing or especially the experience, its far from being a fine dine.
I was @ Exotica on a weekday for a special occasion. We reached there early @ around 20:00, it was not even 25% occupied. i was given a table which could seat 2, i did not like the table being allocated to me as it small and cramped and kind of in the middle of seating area. Requested for a table which i found better in terms of its location and comfort. I was straight-forward denied; reason given "that's a table for 4 and you are only 2 people !!!" I was in no mood to argue/fight, so did not even bother to talk with the manager. I have heard these kind of statement in normal restaurants, but no expected in a fine-dine. Either i assumed that exotica is a fine-dine or they don't act like one !! To fuel my anger, that table and 50% of the restaurant remained vacant throughout !!
Now coming to food, it was good, we had only veg starters. There were 5 veg starters all were good (not extraordinary neither awesome, but good)
The main-course was again good, but with fair amount of mess-ups.
There pindi-chole, it was flavourful, but there was intentional sweetness which spoiled the dish....not sure if it is supposed to be that way..as far as i know definitely not.
The dal makhni was again sweet it lacked the garlic flavour...
There was also this burnt-ginger-friedrice, which did not have any hint of ginger or any other flavor for that matter.
There were lot of dessert options, but i tried only moong dal halwa, rasamalai, gulab jamun; all were very good. There was also brownie, dark chocolate pastry, strawberry pastry, mango mousse and cut fruits as well...
The service was good, the service staff were kind and courteous.
But the initial experience of table allocation spoiled our mood !!
If my friends/colleagues ask for a fine-dine recommendation, this one is definitely not !!