Imagine sitting inside Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book and eating a meal with an animal’s appetite. Jungle Jamboree, with its unique ambience and a massive buffet offers just that.
The restaurant is divided into four dining-sections – mystic jungle, aqua cave, hunter’s lodge and sky garden. And, if you want your children to play, send them running to the Kid’s Zone.
We picked the mystic jungle which took us back to our childhood: artificial trees, lion heads nad giraffes completed the decor. The sofas were covered in artificial moss and birds chirped from the speakers adding to the ambience. The aqua cave with its pretty mermaid statue and a large aquarium gives a feeling of dining on the ocean bed. The hunter’s lodge has walls made with wood logs with matching tables and chairs.
The buffet is a multicourse meal which includes Indian, Italian, Chinese and Mediterranean dishes. The first course included crisp Papdi Chaat with tangy chutney, Pasta Salad in rich and creamy sauce, Tzatziki – light Greek yoghurt and cucumber dip served on pita bread, Fruits Skewers with fresh pineapple, melon and papaya and Aam Panna – sweet and sour raw mango drink.
The second course was a bit of a letdown. The bland Chicken and Veg Manchow soup served with Tomato Bruschetta had a heavy lashing of pepper. However, the Chicken Bruschetta had soft and juicy bits of chicken on crisp bread.
The Mutton Galouti Kebab was a disappointment because of its gooey texture. Its vegetarian counterpart scored more on flavours. True to its name the Laal Mirch Paneer Tikka was fiery but had soft pieces of cottage cheese. If you’re not up for the Indian food, try the Meat Lover’s Pizza – thin crust with chunks of chicken, pepperoni and lots of stringy cheese. There are steamed dim sum too, try the vegetarian over the sticky chicken ones.
There’s a lot to choose in the main-course. The Mutton Rogan Josh – Kashmiri mutton curry, had meat falling off the bone and the gravy was rich. The biryani was the best of all the vegetarian dishes we sampled. The Chicken and Cream Crepe was soft and stuffed with juicy bits of chicken. The Vegetarian Biryani with its long, fragrant rice is a must try too.
The dessert section is a bit generic with Gulab Jamun, Fresh Fruit Cream, Apple Pie and Walnut Brownie. The refreshing Paan Ice-cream and Paan Shot is something you shouldn’t miss.
With an extensive menu and interesting theme, Jungle Jamboree is an apt place to spend quality time with family.
Must try: Chicken and Cream Crepe, Veg Galouti Kebab
Meal For Two: Rs 1,000 + taxes
This meal was sponsored by the restaurant.