Peninsula is a chain of hotels, each catering to a different speciality. Peninsula Next is a casual dining place, purely vegetarian and focuses mainly on North Indian and Mexican cuisine. The decor is minimal but sophisticated, the place well lit and the ambience is inviting. One will mainly find families and quiet groups enjoying their meal. The service is really warm and friendly.
We started with Mexican Tomato Soup, which was suggested by the staff when we were totally unable to decide on one. The Mexican Tomato soup is a nice break from the monotonous tomato soup with its creamy texture. It is neither sweet nor spicy, just perfect, and has sweet corn and black beans(rajma). A good option if you want to break the monotony yet keep it simple!
Next, we ordered the Veg. Santaka, which is a Chef’s special starter. It is loaded with vegetables and cottage cheese (paneer) and has a deliciously cheesy flavour to it! The vegetables were marinated in the cheesy sauce giving the entire preparation an even, mouth-watering taste. This one is definitely the highlight of our meal and highly recommended.
For the main course, we decided to stick to North Indian options and ordered Paneer Lazeez, Tandoori Roti, Kulcha, Dal Makhani and Jeera Rice.
Paneer Lazeez was delicious, with soft chunks of paneer cooked in a mildly spicy red gravy. The paneer (cottage cheese) defined melt-in-the-mouth and a ton of butter added a creamy flavour to the gravy. Dal Makhani was just average, not much to write about.
We ended the meal with a delicious serving of Malai Kulfi!
Overall Experience: The service is really friendly and the food is broadly good. The menu spread is wide with options to serve most palates.
The Battle: We really wanted to try some more options, but the generous quantity of cheese and butter in the preparations made it really difficult.
My advice, if you like North Indian food like me, go with a ravenously empty tummy!