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For a relaxed, fulfilling and hearty buffet dinner with family and friends, The Earthplate is the restaurant to head to, writes GITA HARI.

The entrance with galloping metal horses in water body and the recently spruced-up lobby of Hotel Sahara Star in Vile Parle, is inviting as it lets you into its spacious and hallowed precincts of pristine white seating, the warm and welcoming reception desk staff that make you comfortable, while a piano occupies a corner radiating a relaxing effect. Go down a little further and you bump into a green wall with foliage. The lagoon area with a lone boat and mood lighting is hypnotic. A wholehearted greeting from the Sahara team leads us to their all-day-dining The Earthplate. We opt for the cosy table behind the live starters’ counter which offered us a ringside view of the buzz in the main dining hall.

The tastefully laid out buffet sections tempt even the non-foodie to quickly pick up the plate and check out the delicious fare. The salad bar with an array of cold cuts, cheese, crackers, yoghurt and fresh colorful soothing icy blue counter cajoles the ‘ghass phoos’ diet followers with leafy, fruity and healthy offerings. Go for the nutrition packed vegetable shots or sprouty salads.


The Spicy Bean soup was really spicy but when had with the accompanying tortilla chips, the piquancy got toned down a bit. As always, the ambiance of The Earthplate is fascinating and the service is courteous, prompt and attentive without being pushy. The restaurant was fairly occupied and the presence could be felt most at the main course zones. The noteworthy aspect of the buffet is the veg and non-veg sections being totally separated saving vegetarians the apprehension of checking out green tagged dish.

From the live counters, Chefs doled out appetizers. Jalapeno Rellenos – a hot batter-fried large green chilli stuffed with seasoned corn-cheese and served with a sweet dip. Succulent Chicken/Meat kebabs with mint chutney were tasty.  The nutty crunch in Beetroot cutlets was irresistible.  Pizzas with your choice of toppings and pastas are served on order. The mixologist stirs up some interesting cocktails and mocktails too.

Main course attractions are Beans Poriya – a popular south Indian side dish with coconut shavings, the ubiquitous Paneer Makhanwala, Jalfrezi, Xacuti, and Manchurian. Steamed rice and Thai Green Curry were enjoyable too. There were two types of dals – Dal Amritsari and mildly spiced green Mung dal – both are healthy options to go with Methi Rice that was tempered with fenugreek seeds and tasted well despite the general opinion on methi being slightly bitter on the palate.

I am sure the sweet-toothed will not be able to take their eyes off the dessert display for the unrelenting and well-laid out mithais and western sweets.  Pastry Chef deserves a pat on his back for the yummy Rich Plum Pudding (full of rum soaked raisins and dry fruits), gateaux (Black Forest, Pineapple Upsidedown), brownies, Apple Crumble, Pannacotta and fruity Pies. On the mithai front sinful Gulab Jamuns, Bengal’s Sandesh, Kheer Kadam, Malai Chumchums, Kalakand, Strawberry Barfis, Balushahis  and more to keep your drooling. Teppanyaki Ice cream literally takes the cake as the dessert chef concocts a heavenly muddle your choice of icecream flavor with nuts, jujubes, choco chips, syrups, berries, etc.

For a relaxed, fulfilling and hearty buffet dinner with family and friends, The Earthplate is the restaurant to head to.

  • Location: Sahara Star, Near Domestic Airport, Vile Parle (E)
  • Contact: 39895000
  • Dinner for two: Rs. 3800+taxes
  • Luxury Dining
  • Global cuisine

Ratings:

Ambiance: 4.5

Food: 4

Service:4

Pricing: 4

Overall: 4