Frontier, a luxury dining restaurant located in the lobby of The Ashok, a flagship property of the ITDC group. A specialty restaurant, it is known for its authentic North West Frontier cuisine. The restaurant has been given a space kind of a look with dark grey ceiling and black flooring and lights glittering as if stars sparkling on a dark night. The mirrors in the restaurant make it even more spacious .The reflection did not alone illuminate the ambience , but also got my six- and- -a half months old son very excited as he saw himself in the it. The play of lights and mirrors together with six chairs joined kept him busy there.
Rather than going for regular soft drinks and juices we were very happy to have opted for the drink which our attendant had suggested Kala Noor drink . Black in color, it tasted like ‘jaljeera'( a spices rich sour drink consumed in many parts of North India) but also differed from it in being sweet and tangy.
It was indeed a very peppy drink and a perfect start to a lavish meal. The ‘Bharwaan Aloo (Potatoes stuffed with raisins and cashews), vegetable and mutton seekh kebabs are not to be missed starters served with mint chutney.
The restaurant offers formal seating arrangement for 76 persons. The restaurant has a massive open kitchen which showcases the Tandoor (Oven to make chapattis) and the array of breads to choose from to go as accomplishment with the main meal. The restaurant offers a wide choice of kebabs.
We chose to eat the richest dishes on the menu namely Jhinga Samarkand, Raan-e-alishan, Bannu Kebab, Pathar Kebab. Each dish had a unique flavor that we had never had before. We chose to have assortment of Naans, Rotis and Paranthas. And how can I forget the Pudina (mint) flavoured Raita which went extremely well with all these delectable dishes. After a delectable, appetizing meal we indulged ourselves in Kesar flavoured Kulfi with faluda. It enticed the taste buds with a hint of the refreshing
Rose syrup. It is added to the faluda (cooked vermicelli) making this dessert divine.
The experience of dining at Frontier is made even more memorable as we were pampered with melodious yesteryear songs like "Mera joota hai japani" which were played by a young musician on Mandolin. We also requested our song choice and he happily played it for us. The most welcoming palate cleanser after a sumptuous dinner was paan (flavored betel leaf) which none of us could resist.