As aesthetic a name, Beyond Indus offers an enticing exploration of the country’s North Western delicacies for its patrons. A sudden “fine dining” craving made us zero down on this beauty of a place which we had been eyeing for quite a while. Located at one of the poshest luxury hotels in the city, the Club House which is synonymous with class and style, Beyond Indus was right on level with this in all respects.
The ambience was a perfect mix of royal, modern and transcendental. The deep red and golden hued outlook of the restaurant ensured these. Attractive lighting, plush seats and cushions, neat tables and view of the open kitchen are some of the most attractive features here. Neat, dulcet tunes that keep playing in the background add all the more to the Indian-ness of the place.
Service was another right on spot facet at Beyond Indus. The staff really helped out with the menu and were accommodative of all our requests. They made sure each course was spaced and sequentially served. There was no rush in service and it was as easy as could be. It was an empty weekday and we were well attended to (not sure about how they are on their busy days).
The menu seemed scarce at first, equally divided among vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, but seemed to be an extensive cover of their mentioned cuisines on closer look. They have Sindhi, Punjabi and Rawalpindi dishes and this limited play totally works in their favour. We stuck to a few basic dishes that day. The menu is amply descriptive and the quality and taste are just as described in it (if not better! ;p).
First off was the complimentary crackers and pappad, which were both really light and appetising, for the table with a spread of chutneys and pickles. The peanut salad and the slightly sweet THICK curd were my total favourites off these. From the regularly very limited mocktail menu, we tried something new; Rosa la Poire, an aerated drink with pears and rosemary. It was super duper refreshing and differently good in taste. Initially, the pear shone and the rosemary subtle, towards the end, only the Rosemary taste came through. The herby flavour ensured the drink wasn’t too sweet and it was just what we wanted.
From the appetisers, we went vegetarian and ordered the Lal Mirch Paneer Tikka. It was presented BEAUTIFULLY! Round fat chunks of uber soft paneer, charred around the edges, arranged like dominoes finally falling at a bouquet of fresh vegetables and greens. Not too spicy for us, it was the right flavours and was just as expected. The thick circles of melt-in-the-mouth paneer were the highlight in it.
When this was cleaned off, the table was immediately set for the main course with an amazing looking plate. Each portion of the plate could be separated and this was for ease of access to the different main courses that one orders.
For the main course, we’d ordered Dal Indus and Sindhi Seyal Chicken for Butter Naan, Rumali Roti and Khasta Roti (Koki was unavailable). The breads were quite a lot in quantity, especially the Naan. Rumali Roti was paper thin and light. (In fact, we got to see the chef making it through the open kitchen!) Khasta Roti was something I was trying for the first time. It was a Sooji and flour mixed crisp Roti which had a hint of sweetness. It tasted amazing with the side dishes we had!
Both gravies were STUNNING. The Dal Indus was SO creamy, light and DELICIOUS. It wasn’t too spicy or heavy on flavours, just the subtle richness in it that kept the taste buds cheering on. I guess this is why these luxury places have earned their repertoire. Epiphany invoking food. 🙏 I don’t think words would do it justice.
Same goes with the Sindhi Seyal Chicken. The description seemed like a real simple dish as opposed to what came to the table. Yes, it was a semi-solid gravy of tomatoes, onions, chicken and chillies but it was so deep, soulful and complex! It wasn’t too heavy yet it was damn full of flavour and was super fresh. The first mouth of this gravy and it’s succulent bits of boneless chicken is something I won’t forget for quite a while! It was slightly greasy, though. The quantities of both these gravies were exactly on the dot sufficient for 3 of us.
The menu wasn’t really abundant with desserts and while we were deliberating on ordering from the few there or skipping dessert altogether, voilà a seasonal dessert menu was presented! ;D Mangoes having been the King this year round, was the hero here too.
We decided to try the Rasmalai Tres Leche. It was just as expected. Not overly sweet despite the mangoes in the dessert. The caramel was too scanty though and the milk wasn’t as concentrated and made it slightly too runny. The Chenna was super fluffy, melt-in-the-mouth and yum.
This meal set us back by about 2700. Exorbitant? Kinda. Reasonable? Yes! Loved every part of the experience at this place and there is not one reason for us to think twice about dining here again.
WTF METER FOR BEYOND INDUS:
Ambience – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Presentation – 8/10
Quality – 10/10
Quantity – 9/10
Food – 9/10
Beverages – 7/10
VFM – 8/10
P.S. This is a month old trip.