J.Hind - Grand by GRT

I'm a die hard fan of Super Star (Well who isn't). When friends were talking about the set menu, designed as a tribute to thalaivar, I so wanted to try it. In spite of hearing "not that good" kind of feedback, I still went ahead for two reasons. One was thalaivar and another one was I wanted to spend quality time with my best friend who was in town. She was also interested in trying out this place as they were making big names in social media.

J.Hind stands for Jugalbandhi Hindustani which focuses on Indian cuisine with a twist and more theatre added to the dishes. The place was vibrant and energetic and was beautifully done with loads of Indian touch to it. We were handed over two different menu. One being the set menu, a 8 course meal, that was designed as a tribute to thalaivar and the other one was the A-la-carte. We decided to stick with the set menu and asked them whether they could make something with baby corn for the kid. They obliged and we got a huge portion of crispy pepper baby corn. The first one to arrive was the welcome drink. Which was tender coconut water with rose flavour served along with mango and saffron spheres. It was good, but I didn't get the connection between the spheres and the tender coconut water.

Next one to arrive was the soup. Named "Moondru Mudichu" a movie where thalaivar dons three different roles the soup was a mix of tomato and artichoke topped with beetroot foam. I loved the soup. It was thin, mild in flavours and was very soothing.

The gun powder arancini was in line with the movie muthu. Served in a pearl plate with a tangy relish and gun powder, it was quite bland.

Coin chicken pav, after the movie Sivaji, inspired by the epic scene when thalaivar flips the coin. This was so meh! The chicken vada had nothing in it. I felt like eating rubber fried with batter. A mince of chicken with some seasoning would've been nice. Neither the lehsun (garlic) chutney nor the mint chutney in powder form had flavours. They were so bland. And the pomegranate juice given in a filler, had no use on that place. I was told that the juice was to balance the spiciness of the dish, which was not at all there.

16 condiments chaat trolley had a fantastic theatrical effect with dhokla put in liquid nitrogen and smashed on the table. Taste wise it was absolutely nothing. They called it 16 vayathinile, as they said it has 16 ingredients in it. Trust me one of them was caramel pop corn (yep that was one of the 16 ingredients). Come on who adds caramel pop corn to a papdi chat ?

Aadu Puli attam was the name for the dish which had grilled tiger prawns, Sous-Vide lamb korma and ragi idiyappam. Tiger prawns - puli, Lamb korma - aadu. Now what's the connection between them? Nothing. This time it was just a mere representation of the name. Idiyappam was soft n fresh. Lamb korma lacked the punch n flavours. They goofed up by serving the lamb to my vegetarian friend. We didn't have any suspicions by the look of it, as the plate had a veg kebab on it. While serving the curry on the plate, I was shocked to see paruppu urundai in my curry and lamb in my friends. On notifying, they apologised and replaced the dishes. We had around 4-5 people including the chef, apologising.

I still don't understand, why a deconstructed paneer makhani was named thee (means fire in tamil). Oh wait. Yeah, they blow torched the dish. Oh please. Thee would be justified with a nice spicy/hot/fiery curry? The deconstructed paneer makhani had paneer pakoras in a beetroot base and tasted so so.

The only thing I loved in the 8 course was the chitti chicken curry flambeed with XXX rum. This was associated with chitti's train fight sequence in the movie Enthiran. What's the connection? Well it was served on a miniature train :O along with soft n flaky wheat parathas. The curry tasted finger licking good, with tender chicken.

Baasha - They got the perfect dish to justify the name. Biriyani. Smoked biriyani lacked salt, and didn't have the punch of biriyani. And mutton in the biriyani was tough n chewy. Epic failure :(

Annamalai - three different varieties of rice with curd as the hero. Beet, saffron and milk based curd rices. Again nothing exciting or exotic.

After a not so satisfying courses of meal, I was eagerly looking forward for the desserts. The dessert platter had billa - a baked paan kalandhar, ninaithaley inikkum - ilaneer payasam and phool bane angaray - frozen fruits. Nothing was exciting. The paan kalandhar was okayish, with paan ice cream sandwiched between sponges. The fruits were frozen and were so so. The ilaneer payasam tasted like milk payasam and had no trace of ilaneer flavour in it. 

Service was very quick and attentive. The staff knew what they were serving and were very polite too. The bill was 3782 bucks after a 15% discount (I think that was for the goof up). Veg tasting menu at 1450 + taxes, non veg at 1650 + taxes and the baby corn starter was 450 bucks. Definitely pricey.

I strongly feel that the food needs more flavours. The wow factor was completely missing from the food (tastewise).  After all, just the drama and theatre is not enough rite? As long as the tribute to Thalaivar/ Kabali fever concerns, they failed to deliver the connection, IMHO. The connection with the movie and dishes should be either with the names, literally or with the epic scenes from the movie or just a literal translation. Not all the three leaving the diner confused. 

Place            : J.Hind at Grand by GRT
Location        : T.Nagar
Cuisine          : Indian, veg and non-veg
Cost              : A meal for two would come around 3.5 - 4k approximately

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. J.Hind - Grand by GRT Hotels Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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