Tiger Trail at Ramada, is known for extravagant buffets and scrumptious kababs. Recently the restaurant has revamped to sophisticated and very well designed dining, offering unlimited veg and nonveg thali. I was hosted by the restaurant to taste the new thali and experience the rich and heirloom dishes they are offering.
About Tiger Trail: Tiger Trail is a Bar and Restaurant at Ramada, Shivajinagar. The restaurant is themed around, the hunting lodges across India, these lodges are now tiger reserves. The cooks who served British raj collected many royal darbar recipes from across Rajasthan, Assam, Bengal and Karnataka during 1900s.
People can enjoy succulent meats cooked from tandoor, signature thalis, live counters, mutton pepper sukka, naans, tandoori jhinga, pasanda kebab and awadhi nihari some of these dishes are almost 200 years old.
Apart from North Indian cuisine, Tiger Trail serves Oriental and European cuisine, well stocked bar serves various Indian and Imported liquor for people who want to indulge.
We started our tasting session with a welcome drink/lassi, Chaats and kebabs slowly progressing to breads, curries and biryani which came in copper bowls, compact in a thali...
Lassi is a traditional welcome drink served across India. A simple drink prepared with yogurt, water, roasted cumin, rose petals, salt and sugar.
It is said that the kings cooks, carried milk during hunting, which was curdled and the cooks had to prepare a drink, using curdled milk which later gained popularity, and now lassi is a must have drink during summer, since its a thirst quencher and also heals the skin if any allergies.
Pani Poori or gol gappa was originally created in Bihar. The story behind this snack, was once a king ordered his cook to create a dish around rain and thunder. Next day the king was served a crispy sphere filled with spicy potato and served along with minty water...rest was history. Gol gappa or pani puri is a famous and most relished snack in India.
Assorted Chutney for Kebabs: Grape, Coriander+Mint, Chilly+Garlic and Garlic Chutney...
There is no biryani or kebab with out a chutney, and at Tiger Trail the chutneys are one of a kind specially the grape chutney. The tangy and sweet chutney is my all time favorite.
Pahadi Hariyali Murgh Kabab
Pahadi meaning mountain. Any game meat which was hunted from a mountain was pahadi ka gosht. These meats were tough to tenderize the meat marination and preparation was different. Nowadays the marination/ masala is used to cook chicken since its easy to cook and people enjoy the flavors. This kebab was prepared with fresh mint, coriander, fenugreek and chillies cooked on coals...
Murgh Malai Kabab
There are many theories around malai kebabs, but its said that these kababs were prepared during the naming ceremony of a prince or princess in Nawabs and Mughal banquets.
Paneer tikka is a starter served for a vegetarian thali. Everyone loves paneer tikka since its buttery and melts in your mouth. Cubes of cottage cheese are marinated with creamy tandoori masala and cooked in a tandoor clay oven which is generously basted with butter and served with mint chutney.
These juicy kebabs are prepared with mutton mince marinated with secret spices, and grilled on coals is a must have starter with beer.
Assorted Bread Basket: Taftan Naan, Sheermal, Tashkent Naan and Chironji Naan.These Naans were made with coconut, dry fruits and butter were baked in tandoor clay oven...
Nonveg Thali: Maachli Curry, Aloo Jeera, Baby Corn Palak Curry, Raita, Dhal Makhani, Sprout Salad, Papad, Chicken Biryani and Raasmalai...
We ended our meal with khubani ka meetha a traditional dessert made with apricot and custard.
Khubani Ka Meetha
Overall we enjoyed the new thali concept. Dishes presented on the thali or plate are rustic with few modern touches. Three picks from the entire tasting was Naans, Cheesy malai kabab and chicken biryani.
Price : a la carte / Rs. 1000 per couple
Thali: 475++ Noveg thali and 395++ Veg thali
Timings: Lunch 12.30pm - 3.30pm and Dinner - 7pm - 11pm