Sveda, is easily one of the highlights of Saki Naka, Andheri East. The Restaurant has a minimalistic yet elegant décor which spells sophistication. This 140 cover eatery is one of the biggest in this part of the town and promises to be the Great North Indian culinary experience. An entry into the restaurant and you are transported to another world. The white chairs, teak coloured tables are eye-catching. The beige brown flooring looks sleek and further adds to the ambience. The outer section with black flooring can take up to 75 guests in one go and offers stunning view of the lawns. The restaurant also has a private dining area, Flames, which seats ten people.
Chef Sumedh Kale has put together a great menu adhering to high standards of quality and variety. The menu is an exercise in choices and offers unique preparations from Peshawari, Punjabi, Mughlai & Lucknowi cuisines. It has something for vegetarians as well as non -vegetarian food lovers.
Gajar Adrak shorba sounded very interesting but the murg badami shorba which I sampled, was the highlight of this section. Vegetarians can relish Amritsari Seekh and Dahi ke kebab as starters before settling for sabzi mazedar and rajma saagwala. Full marks to the chef for his dahi wale aloo. The non-vegetarians have great options as well. From tawa fried to grilled to tandoori, a wide selection of meats and sea-food are on offer. Signature dishes in the menu are Ajwani Rawas Tikka, Kasoori Basa Tikka. The latter, was a real surprise, as Basa is normally a bland tasteless fish, but blended cleverly with the marinade and grilled, it was lip-smacking. Murg Lahori tikka in the main course was a treat. The gravy was well made and the tikkas simply melt in the mouth. Dal makhani was a bit sweetish, not the usual fare in most places. The whole wheat laccha parathas were soft and tasted like home made ones unlike the normal chewy naans and parathas served in many restaurants. For hard core meat lovers, Tawa Kheema, Bheja Masala, Nalli Nihari are good options.
The desserts were a tad disappointing. Ras malai was not at all sweet, the phirni was no where close to the authentic one but tasted like a mushy rice kheer. The gulab jamuns however were delicious. The highlight of the meal was the paan shot served in glasses at the end of the meal. It left a fresh aftertaste in the mouth. Overall a great dining experience. The staff is warm, attentive and well qualified to answer all your queries. Vishal, who served us was well spoken and prompt and gave us great suggestions.
Have to go back soon to check out their corporate lunch @ Rs 299 per head which includes a five course meal. Sounds tempting.