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Global Tree Cafe (F&B)

Posted by Rani on July 29, 2009

With a previous failed attempt to eat at the “sunny, lovely restaurant of Bacchus off St.Mark’s Road” courtesy their only-buffet meals, I made reservations with a rather over-zealous restaurant manager, with some amount of trepidation. Some of it was warranted, for we had to extend our reservation by an hour, and still ended there 20 minutes late owing to terrible terrible traffic.

As with all buffets, the first rule of thumb is to be there as soon it starts. Having missed the bus on that one, we still made the most of our meal. The place is pretty, and bright, and skillfully done. Closer inspection shows optimal use of inexpensive deco items, but so so tastefully done. You’d never notice the difference, unless you’re me, trying to be smart.

The seating was cramped. They put two tables together for a group of 8, and technically each table is a (small) 4-seater. Two small ones together meant the ones sitting in the middle were cramped no end, and the r-manager got rather defensive when the feedback was (nicely) given, when leaving. Oh well.

Meals @ 360 is the theme, and not in the traditional buffet layout. The food is not laid out for you to choose from, but is given to each table in courses. The waiters seemed efficient, friendly, and quite obliging to grant personal wishes. They brought the entire set of starters in succession, and while the veggie items didnt score too high, as didn’t the chicken wings, we were quite taken in by the fish patties, chicken skewers, keema balls, and beef . We didn’t bother with the few soups available, but did check a few salads out. Nothing amazingly eye-catching or lip-smacking there, though I thought the shredded chicken with boiled beans was quite alright.

Service, while good mostly, tended to lag in spots but they largely made up for it by being nice. But that may not go down well with a fussier group, especially since it wasn’t cheap exactly, and aspires to be a “fine-dining place”.

The meal comes with a buy-one-then-get-the-rest-free drinks option, though that is limited to just beer, wine, and cocktails. I thought it unfair to not include juices and mocktails to that option. Eitherways, you’re only allowed repeats and can’t change your choice once made. Their being nice was in allowing two changes within the group. But 1 – we asked them real nice and 2 – we didn’t push our luck too far, and asked for those two even only because the original was hated.

Before we knew it, it was 3pm, and the guys would’ve enjoyed more time sipping their margharitas and LIITs (girlie ones, yes, but you weren’t allowed any other, remember?). Last orders given and “no, you can’t order for 4 rounds now”  a little grudgingly honored (and I must say, TGI Friday really scores there, they have such a loyal following only because of their flexible last order rules), we ordered the main courses.

The main course consists of your typical continental options (albeit sans a real steak), with a sprinkling of Indian thrown in for good measure. The place claims to have a Pan-Asian angle too, but that seemed to pass us by.

The portions looked small when they arrived but in retrospect, which started as soon as the meal was over, we decided that’s a brilliant idea to minimize waste. Plus, you can order multiple rounds. It’s a buffet, after all. The restaurant began to empty only post 3:45pm, and to give them credit, they didnt hurry us…much.

It’s a pity they don’t have the a la carte option, even on weekdays. But the buffet leaves little to complain about.

Pinch Factor –  food: not even a nip, the food is worth the cost

drinks: a little too ouch, I guess

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