Feast, the new world-cuisine restaurant at the Starwood Sheraton, Bangalore, buffets diners with choice, literally beating them down with options. Plump prawns next to personalised pizzas. Chefs at live cooking stations putting prawns on your pizza. It's so new-wave it sometimes washes right over you.
When the oven-baked to order, flatbread crust pizza arrives, the edge of hunger is gone because it took too long to get to the table. The grilled prawns got there early, they still smelled of the sea. The sushi, rolled deftly and presented prettily, tasted like it'd been out of the sea a tad too long. We must have arrived at lowtide, it took a while to get water refills.
The salads, though, were fresher than our seafood. Crisp lettuce leaves, miniature bowls of jeweltoned vinaigrettes and creamy dressings; if Feast does reinvent, it should be a salad bar in its next avatar. Spanning the Southeast Asian, Western and Indian cuisine spectrum, everything we tasted stayed true to its origin. Feast steers clear of the one masala fits all pitfall, though some flavours could be punched up.
When we spoke to executive chef, Gustavo Maurelli, we recognised some ordering missteps. He recommended the deep fried calamari rings, grilled salmon in miso reduction and grilled Mediterranean vegetarian antipasti, none of which had made it to our table. It brings us to our original grouse; too much choice.
The space though, is spiffy. High ceilings, light colours and minimal décor give Feast a sense of openness. The split-level layout makes navigation easy while holding a full plate. In that sense, Feast certainly does live up to its moniker, encouraging the allyou-can-eaters to go back for more.
Feast has what it takes to make it memorable; authentic international flavours, an interesting if sprawling menu, and an ambience to complement. Until the food gets more direction, it's adrift in a sea of sleek, serviceable restaurants that will soon sail past the horizon.
Meal for one: Rs 1300-Rs 1700
Address: 26/1 Dr Rajkumar Road, Malleshwaram Rajajinagar, Bangalore.
Tel: 080 42521000