Skylights and snacks go very well, we find out
Whether it is a starry night surprise you’re in search of, or a loud night with cricket, football or tennis on the big screen, Skylit on Cunningham Road, bridges the gap between classy dinner and all night drinks. Spread over the entire terrace space of the boutique Citrus Hotel, it is dominated by a stone-top bar with a massive screen to keep sports fans happy. Cabanas overlooking the bustling street with a fine view of the city make it a cosy affair, while foodies can choose to park themselves at regular tables beside the buffet tables.
Created with the casual diner in mind, Skylit targets drinks and nibbles, giving you an unlimited supply of over 17 starters. Surprisingly, the vegetarians are equally pampered here, while seafood eaters will benefit most. Appetise this
Starting us off on a good note, the kesari murgh was a lightly flavoured version of the tikka, but the saffron added a sharper flavour. The Moroccan grilled fish was marinated in charmoula sauce lending the tasteless basa a delightful lemony touch. Armenian chicken was loaded with herbs and grilled to a crisp outer and succulent inside. Though it comes with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce, we suggest you have it solo for the real taste. Sukhi tangri is the classic Kolkata favourite but make sure to say how well done you like the meat, beforehand. Crunchy calamari rings made for a great palate cleanser with the milder seasoning, before we dived into the meatless treats.
Paneer kali mirchi set the right tone for the slew of exotic veggie dishes, and the cheesy polenta only took it up a notch. Do try the Mexican pizza and the phaldari tikki – potatoes, yam and raw bananas mixed with masalas for a riot of flavours. If you are lucky, the chef will even whip you up a desi version of focaccia with traditianal Indian ingredients like onion, potato, capsicum and tomato replacing olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
We meandered towards the buffet for a dekko, and returned with plates full. After all, one cannot just skip out on chicken biryani,
mutton rogan josh, dal makhani and paneer khada. The biryani was less greasy than we’re used to, allowing us to treat it as pulao and load up on the sinful mutton which just melted in the mouth. If you are up for a spot of Chinese food, then that too is on offer, though very minimally.
Dessert is also an elaborate affair ranging from dry fruit burfi and badam kheer to pastries and ice cream. But we’d recommend the caramel custard – simple, well set and the perfect end to the meal.
`750. For dinner only. At Cunningham Road.
— Aakanksha Devi