What should come as a relief to hard core vegetarians in the city is that there is now a fine dining restaurant that has a very extensive all vegetarian menu. Multiple cuisines – Italian, Oriental and Indian – with a range of starters, mains and desserts, along with some very unusual drinks, are a very good reason to visit Tatva, a new restaurant set up by the group that owns Rajdhani restaurant at Abids. Tatva is a Sanskrit word, and it means essence/ thatness or reality, and the restaurant has effectively captured the meaning through the food it serves.
The USP of Tatva is the vast choice on offer, where even the fussiest eater can find something he or she will like. Yes, this includes non-vegetarians who scoff at the ghaas poos we herbivores eat. And for the bloggers’ lunch, Executive Chef Naveen Nagaraj, and his assistant Yogesh, plied us with so many dishes that doing full justice to Tatva’s menu will require multiple visits. My advice is – save it for the times you are entertaining vegetarian friends and family. Everyone will be happy.
From the starters, the Oriental style Crackling Spinach and the Continental Jalapeno Poppers, made with three different cheeses, were my pick of the lot. The Kamalkakdi ke Galauti, the lotus stem version of Lucknow’s famous Galauti Kebabs made with minced meat is a very good substitute. I found it a little heavy on the spice though you couldn’t really tell it was vegetarian; the replacement with lotus stem was a great idea however.
An interesting aspect of the food here is the focus on the presentation; the Smoked Pesto Paneer Tikka was brought out in a flourish, covered with a glass jar, which when lifted, let out the hot steam captured from the tandoor.
The mains have some really good dishes, and for those of you who love your vegetarian Italian, the Cannelloni Florentine and the Risotto are a must try. The cheese in the Risotto makes you want to savour every bite, slowly. For Indian food aficionados, the Olive Naan, dotted with sliced black olives, had with the uber tasty Dal Tadka or Dal Makhni are worthy options for a filling meal. What I like about Chef Naveen’s innovations are that they blend – whether it is the lotus stem in place of kheema; pesto in place of chutney as a marinade and olives on a naan – they work well with the other ingredients in the dish and are not contrived in the least.
Now, for my favourite part of any meal – the desserts. Here too, the presentation was the star and each one was impeccably presented – Tres Leches, Banoffee Pie, Apricot Delight, Chocolate Mousse, Baked Cheesecake and Paan Tantra. I tried all but the Banoffee Pie [I left this one out only because I am allergic to bananas]. My vote goes to the Baked Cheesecake and the Paan Tantra; the former had a rich, creamy texture and the latter, an ice cream infused with the freshness of paan or betel leaves garnished with gulkand [candied rose petals] was a fitting end to a very good meal. A great cooler for summer too.
I would count Tatva as one of those restaurants in the city that have got the right mix of traditional and innovation just right. The fact that they are all vegetarian, makes it a place that deserves multiple visits.
First Floor, SL Jubilee, Above Ratnadeep Supermarket
Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
Tel: 040 33194254
11 am – 11 pm