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Sankalp Thee Foodie

April 05,2014

Spanish Tapas !

Travelling these days has become tough with the souring temperatures, it’s always better to stay indoors. But a food enthusiast like me nothing comes between me and FOOD, be it anytime of the day or night. After a very strenuous sunny day, the closest place for me to get relaxed was Novotel and without wasting time I along with a friend rushed into The Square. It was peace of mind and tranquility personified once seated inside the restaurant. What more one can expect; when you are greeted with a very revitalizing glass of white wine and said that day special was Spanish Tapas Feast. In Spanish, Tapas means snacks or appetizers. I thanked my good heavens that day for getting me there to savour the Spanish cuisine.

After finishing a glass of wine went around to have a glimpse of what is in store for me on the buffet. First I stared with the Garlic Camarones (shrimps) and Maorish Kebabs which is a chicken skewer, they were nice and different. Then I had salads from the olive bar which include Stuffed olives, pitted olives, green whole olives, sereno ham with melon, roast ham with caramelised onions, chicken olive salad, mixed seafood with dill vinegrate. I must say these were impressive and different from the regular salads.

I took a small break after having so many salads and finished another glass of wine. Mean while steward got me few of the veg snacks, mushroom skewers with goat cheese sauce, it was just out of the world. Then I was served the grilled zucchini with cream cheese and sundried tomatoes. But the best of the veggies was the marinated artichoke and bell peppers done to perfection, I could not control myself from having one more serving with a glass of wine.

Now I moved to the main course with braised chicken with almonds and catalan lamb shanks. I must say these two dishes were perfect with good amount of spices and just the right blend of flavours. The meat was simply melting in the mouth. Apart from the Spanish cuisine they also had lots of other appetizing Indian and Chinese dishes, which I choose to stay away from as I wanted to relish on the Spanish ones only.

Finally I had the Spanish special desserts; Crème Catalina also known as Crème Brulee which I am a huge fan of. It was lip smacking and yummy. Then I had Natillas, a traditional Spanish dessert, a custard dish made with milk and eggs. I had two servings of each of these dishes.

Overall I was very satisfied with the buffet and should applaud the F & B dept and the chefs for very carefully selecting the dishes and executing the Spanish cuisine. I was told every Wednesday they would be hosting the Spanish tapas food festival. It's worth a try and value for money.

Ambiance 4.5/5
Food Quantity N/A
Food Quality 4.5/5
Pricing 4.5/5
Service 4.5/5
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Sankalp Thee Foodie

January 28,2014

“Frontier food festival”

Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre (NHCC) is hosting “Frontier food festival” from 17th to 26th January 2014 at The Square. The 10 day long festival will introduce the glorious flavours from the North-West Frontier region of India offering a unique culinary concept to the people of Hyderabad. The festival is designed to provide the food connoisseur an ideal opportunity to indulge & relish the mouth watering specialties. Chef Jugesh Arora who is known for his love, commitment and passion for the culinary profession has been flown for the Food Festival. Chef Arora has over 25 years of Experience in the culinary profession and has also been a winner of the Golden Hat Award. At the food festival Chef has meticulously prepared a menu keeping the discerning tastes of North-West Frontier. The elaborate spread of traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes depicting India’s rich culinary heritage of North-West Frontier are showcased.

The menu offers enjoyably aromatic dishes including salads, appetizers, main course and desserts; all cooked in true frontier style. I was welcomed with a very refreshing welcome drink made from mango and chat masala which is really very refreshing and prepared me for the long foodathon (Food Marathon) I was about to begin; from the grill I had Tandori Jinga (prawns), Bhatti da kebab (Chicken legs), Mushroom and Mutter (peas) Sheekh Kebab, I am bowled by the flavours of these appetizers and I had ordered for one more round of it and thoroughly relished on them. I was in a mood to try other main course dishes or else I would have had only the appetizers and concluded with the delicious desserts.

I had called for Indian bread basket comprising of Roti, Misi Roti, Butter Naan and Makki di roti. As suggested by few of my friends I had Makki Di roti with Sarson Da Sag (Mustard Leaves) and I was spellbound with it. I somehow love the flavours of the Sag and one would not believe I haven’t had any non-veg gravy’s though I saw very scrumptious prawns, chicken and mutton on the buffet, I very cautiously wanted to have only the veggie dishes. The next dish I had was Pindi Chole (Chickpeas or kabuli chana), it is popular Punjabi Chole recipe made with minimal ingredients, it was simply amazing. Pakoreh Walli Kadi was the next one I tried, Punjab being a land of milk and butter, had many rich dishes and this is one such dish; it is an Indian yogurt gramflour curry with fried vegetable pakoras and seasoned with spices; amazingly it was one of the most flavoursome dish of the day. The last one that caught my attention was Bharta Rawalpindi Walla (Brinjal), I had it with plain rotis and it was very tasty.

I know many folks would be really amazed seeing and reading this, which I had all veggie dishes; and I can swear the veggies were very yummy and never felt I missed non-veg dishes. Kudos to Chef Arora and Mr Shyam Sunder for making such a delightful and splendid buffet. I hardly had any space for the mouth-watering desserts but I took all the courage in the world to taste few of them; Gajar Halwa, Moong Dal Halwa, Jamun E Gul, Jalebi with Rabri and Anjeer Kalakand. I can say these were some of the best executed Indian desserts I had in a long time.

The Food served with spicy mixes, the lip-smacking variety of North-West Frontier Food was literally a scrumptious treat for any food enthusiast. I am very happy that I didn't miss the ultimate Authentic North-West Frontier tastes and experience the irresistible flavours.

Ambiance 4.5/5
Food Quantity N/A
Food Quality 4.5/5
Pricing 4/5
Service 4.5/5
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Sabyasachi Ray Chaudhuri

October 30,2013

Seafood Fest...

The Square at Novotel, HICC is holding a seafood festival, and the Facebook group Hyderabad Foodies organized a meet there on a Sunday evening. The special price of Rs 900 all inclusive was about 50% of the listed price for Sunday dinner (Rs 1950 plus taxes), so it was a great opportunity to try some seafood varieties especially for a Bengali like me.

We reached around 8 pm and found most of the tables already taken up by the fellow foodies. The restaurant is quite large with the buffet set up on one side. A door leads to the pool side where the sea food live counter was set up. After initial greetings, headed to the soup and salad counter.

The soup that I tried was Thai Shrimp and Coconut soup. The initial mailer sent to us mentioned that it will be a pumpkin based soup, and I was looking forward to it, after my pleasant experience of it in another star hotel. However it looks like they had dropped the pumpkin part at the last moment. The soup had a strong coconut flavor and tasted nice.

Among the starters which were served on the table, I started with Curry leaf crusted fish – a typical South Indian preparation. The Tuna did not enthuse me very much. So I went off to the live counter at the poolside to try some of the offerings there.

The live station was inviting with many fish varieties displayed there. I took a plateful of Prawn Vepudu and Fried Anchovies to try out first. The prawns were crunchy and fried in typical Andhra spices, but the anchovies were plain bland and there was no sign of the sauce which was to be served with it. We tried some barracuda, eel and then pomfrets in different marinades.

Though the live station had lot of varieties of sea food, the sauces/marinades used where fairly similar, so the taste was getting a bit repetitive after sometime. So we headed for the main buffet. To begin with we tried two starters – Shrimp Momos and Prawn Patties. The shrimp momos were well stuffed and good, but the Prawn Patties were truly outstanding.

Among the main courses Meen Kolumbu (King Fish), a South Indian gravy preparation was the best – a tamarind based tangy curry meant to be had with steamed rice. The fried rice with Fish in Black Bean Sauce was a winner too.

The main buffet also had many general items apart from seafood. Among these I liked the Adraki Gosht and Paneer Lababdar. The salad counter had a few good salads – based on chicken, prawn and tenderloin. The dessert counter had a huge range. I Especially liked a mango pulp and yoghurt and fruit based dessert.

The service was earnest – but they failed to live up to the stress test of catering to a foodies group. Possibly the wait staff is accustomed to a much smaller crowd eating at the leisurely pace. The chef came and had a detailed talk with the foodies.

Overall, it was a nice deal, good spread in great ambience. There was variety in the sea food but the preparations could have been more diverse. The main buffet was very well spread out, and I really enjoyed the offerings here.
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Sankalp Thee Foodie

September 28,2013

Goan Feast !

It was Goan food festival at Novotel and how could I miss it. The spirit of Goa is being brought alive at The Square, Novotel. Goan food has many lovers in the city but they hardly get an opportunity to savour it, therefore Novotel has decided to introduce an amalgamation of Indian and Portuguese culinary traditions during the festival. Chef Alex has put together an authentic sea-food centred Goan spread with a wide array of vegetarian options. Guests can enjoy the explosion of flavours in their mouth with a fusion. The original flavours with classic presentation. The interiors of the restaurant were transformed with boats, fishing nets, stewards colourful attire, all reflecting Goan style, creating a feeling you are in a Goa. With Chef Alex at the helm of cooking has very carefully and very selectively designed the menu for ten days of food festival with 140 varieties of Goan dishes without any repetition; this is really a great task. I can’t wait any longer, let me get into the food;

Goan food pairs well with Beer, so how can I miss it;

Prawn Balchao:
It is a goan prawn pickle, made with dry shrimp’s powder, toddy vinegar, sugar and spices & peri peri chilly masala. This is simply mind blowing, flavoursome, soft and tender.

Beef Chilly fry:
It’s made with shredded beef, julienned onions, tomatoes, chilli flakes, curry leaves, coriander, specially went well with a glass of beer. I wish I was on a Goan sea shore.

Crab Xec Xec:
Dry preparation of crabs made with a touch of Goan spices and fresh grated coconut and lads of coriander. Can’t stop having just one.

Rice cakes made with Goan rice and Goan toddy vinegar, it should be always served steaming hot. It was like appam but in cube shape, I had used it as a dip

Fish Ambot Tik:
The word Ambot tik means soar and spicy. It is Goan curry with fish (cat fish).

The other dishes which I had were lamb Vindaloo, Grilled Fish and Chicken gravy. From the Desserts section I had many varieties but would like to mention only the desserts which reflect Goan cuisine;

It is Goan sweet made coconut jaggery, coconut milk and rice flour, which is reduced and set to be served at room temperature. It is a long process of cooking, but worth trying.

It is a layered gateaux, made with eggs, flour and sugar. It is baked layer by layer. The most famous sweet of Goa. I could not stop eating this mouth-watering dessert.

Alle belle:
It is a Goan pancake stuffed with a mixture of coconut jaggery, grated coconut, nuts and served with honey. This is much better than any English Pancake, perfect and yummy.

It is a sweet which is normally served at weddings in Goa for the typical Goan weddings. It is made with gram flour and coconut milk, jaggery, it has a consistency of thick soup. It has to be served hot and it tastes great.

Overall I was very happy with the variety of dishes on the buffet and also with the way it was served. I should appreciate Chef Alex and his team for giving such a great gastronomic tour of GOA. I am very happy Novotel is organizing unique food festivals to the food lovers of Hyderabad.
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Sankalp Thee Foodie

August 21,2013

India on Platter !

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the busy life, located adjacent to the NAC Grounds, Hitex is the Novotel. A complete refreshing kind of environment makes one feel they have come to a resort. Keeping the patriotic bandwagon running, The Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre presents India on a Platter from 19th August 2013 to 25th August 2013 at The Square to celebrate the diversity of India through its cuisine. The 10 day long festival will be a treat of the glorious flavours of different parts of India offering a unique culinary concept to the people of Hyderabad. It is an opportunity to enliven ones senses with diverse food and delicacies from all across country.

Master Chef Raj Kumar Mandal who specializes in Indian cuisine is supervising the food festival. An elaborate spread of traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from different Indian states are showcased depicting India’s rich culinary heritage.

Let’s get to food:
1. Hara Bara Kebab – this a very unique kebab one would have never thought off, made with just palak rolled in sooji and tawa fried. It was very tasty snack.
2. Saviya veg Kebab – this was just fine.
3. Mutton Chops – I must say the flavors were perfect but the meet can be marinated for a longer duration to make the tender.
4. Tawa Fish – this was perfect with right amount of spices. I must say this is the star of the starters.
5. Malai Prawans – the prawns were soft and tasty.

Main course:
1. Aloo Vadi – it is aloo and vadi (Dried Moong dal Vadi) gravy cooked with right amount of spices was very good to have with roti.
2. Pepper Banana – it is a different kind of dish with raw banana cooked with roughly grounded pepper, it was different from the routine banana dishes.
3. Dal Makhni – this is chef exclusive with couple of secret ingredients, made with only urad dal on wood fire, which actually gave a smoky aroma to the entire dish. It was perfect to be had with butter naan.
4. Murgh Rogan Josh – I had been having different variation with this Punjabi dish, this time it was with chicken. The gravy had perfect consistency and the chicken was tender.
5. Badam Gosht – this again a classic lamb dish perfectly cooked and the meet was very juicy and tender.
6. Veg fried rice – I was little disappointed with this, as it had absolutely no flavors. Actually most of the Chinese items should never be served on a buffet, rather should be made just before having it, over the time the flavors will be lost and would be tasteless. I would suggest the Chinese dishes be made on order only.
7. Chicken in Schezwan sauce – again I have the same issue as I had with the fried rice, as the dish is constantly kept on induction stove, the moisture is lost due to which the gravy thickened and gave slight salty taste to the dish.
8. Kachi Gosht ki Biryani – this is the best dish of the day. The flavors and aroma are perfectly captured in the clay pot which is sealed with dough. The mutton was very aromatic, flavorsome, tender and juicy. I had a one full serving from the clay pot. It has been very long I had the kachi gosht Biryani and I must say chef has worked his magic on it. I wish I had more space to have it. I wantedly waited to have it at the last so that I could have a full serving of it, I am very satisfied with this one dish and I would say one can go to the festival only to have just this one Biryani.

It’s time for desserts now and I could see live jalebi counter with Chef Phoolchand, a master in desserts who has very carefully choose the desserts of the day. I was very happy to see many Indian sweets which are a welcome change from the routine western desserts. There were Gulab jammon, Srikand, Badam Burfi, Rasgolla, two types of Halwa, Jalebi with rabdi, and many more, but I could only try the above as I was so stuffed I could not have the other desserts.

Overall I am very content and pleased with the dishes chosen by the Chef to represent different cuisines from across India. Special thanks to Ms. Sarodhya, Ms.Monica & Mr. Shyam Sunder, F&B Manager man behind this fabulous initiative. Kudos to Mr. Shyam, who himself being a chef, worked very closely with the Kitchen staff to get the best out of them.

The ambiance is well done keeping in view the Indian food festival; even stewards are seen in Indian attire. The tables and chairs are neat; the service was surprisingly very swift, should give a round of applause to them. The rest rooms are not upto the mark of a star hotel, would advice the management to take a re-look at them. Parking was ample. I found one unique aspect of the security staff dress like a Sheriff with Hats, which was really cool. I for one would like to revisit this wonderful hotel whenever I get a chance.

Ambiance 4.5/5
Food Quantity N/A
Food Quality 4.5/5
Pricing 4/5
Service 5/5
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Som Banerjee

April 14,2013

Great Service

Whenever I visit The Square, one of the managers, Shiva, takes amazing care of us. My wife and I generally have our hands full with our twin babies, so he makes sure to send us plenty of food to the table although it is a buffet. Hats off to your great service Shiva, you certainly make us visit Square again and again.
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Aditya Chv

March 30,2013

Excellent Buffet

Conveniently located on the ground floor and an excellent place for Buffet Lunches.

Ate the Buffet Lunch here which had a wide variety of dishes to chose from, the staff are very courteous and helpful.

Some of the food is prepared in the open kitchen, so you can actually see how the food is being cooked and have directly put it on your plate, served hot.

Do try the Veg Biryani here, it was spicy and delicious.

A wide range of deserts to chose from to end the meal.

All in all lives up to the price tag ( which is quite high)
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vsanjay - Burrp User


February 01,2013

Give it a pass

The prices are 5-star hotel prices, but the service is poorer than a dhaba's. We were a large group and were being serviced by two waiters. One of the waiters clearly was upset about something and went about his business without a smile or an acknowledgement. The other waiter was totally messed up and confused drink orders. When he realized he'd given someone else my drink, he simply picked it up from his table and put it on mine without asking if he had already drank from it. I had to remind him to remake the drink.

Novotel should pick up trained waiters or train them properly before putting them into service. There was nothing that differentiated their behavior from waiters at a udipi hotel.

Service was very slow as well. My second drink which I ordered before I begun the main course arrived after I was more than half full (20min).

As a vegetarian, I was disappointed with the fare, including the starters (except the gobi which was good). The usual biryani, one paneer curry, dal, and naan were present with none standing out. The salads weren't exciting either.

A few fresh veggies were laid out and I enjoyed some with bread. The sour-dough bread really does not taste like sour-dough. Westin has excellent sour-dough rolls on their buffet.

We went out on company budget, but if I were spending my money and had to choose between Novotel and any other restaurant, you know what I'd do.
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Kainath Kazerooni

December 21,2012

Christmas Carnival

The Rates what your charging for Kids who are just under 12yrs that 2600/- is too much. Taj Banjara would conduct same carnivals just for 500/- per kid and thts use to be very useful..
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Nikhil Malhotra

July 09,2012

Nice dining option - definitely worth a visit

Me and my wife had dinner here on a Saturday night a couple of months back. I had been to Novotel before on official functions but never got the chance to eat here. So we decided to try this place out. Novotel does a lot of publicity by the way of pamphlets to promote this place, butI went to this place with a cautious attitude as some of my friends don't like the food here. But I must say that they served good food here. We had ordered a pesto pasta and a pizza. Both the dishes were yummy and we liked them.

The ambiance of the restaurant is also very relaxed and was just right for us. One thing that irked me however was that the tables were too close for my comfort. We could literally hear people talk at the next table. Apart from this, the place is fantastic. What added more to our experience was that we spent time at the roaming about the property after our fill. All in all, definitely worth a visit.

Ambiance - 4/5
Food - 4/5
Value for money - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Overall - 4/5
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GeorgeR - Burrp User


March 23,2012

Awesome Place for the weekend

The Square/Noveltel is one of the best places around. The place is awesome because the manager, Shiva is awesome! All of the staff is really good!
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Carzzz12 - Burrp User


March 19,2012

Sunday Brunch

Went here for a lazy Sunday Brunch. They have everything that a lunch can have. Starting from Barbecue to a full laid Buffet, Unlimited hard drinks, open air live music. And the singers are pretty good.

Go here with family, and try to get the tables outside in the open area. Spend atleast 3-4 hours to have the best time.

Lot of foreigners here. If you are Indian be prepared for a less smile what foreigners receive from. But this I feel is the case everywhere in India in all the hoTels across.
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rati_verma01 - Burrp User


February 20,2012

Dont eat from here - rotten food

After eating from here yesterday we are down with upset stomach and high fever.

Yesterday we went for a Sunday brunch at the The Square , Novotel to celebrate our Anniversary. The spread was really very less as I was expecting a huge one as its a brunch and not a normal buffet. Being a N-veg I found very few n-veg varieties as compared to the veg ones. The 8 n-veg live grill was pathetic; the fishes served came half cooked to my table. The lobster was not at all fresh and also uncooked and tasted awful. The desserts were OK found a new item sushi ice cream but there were no takers for the item. The drinks took hell lot of time to be served. There was absolutely no varieties in salads and only a single variant in cold cuts. The only items I liked was smoked salmon and prawn biryani. The service was really poor and they seemed under staffed. The items took really long time to be served and the plates took time to be cleared. The quality of food and service doesn’t meet the standards of a star hotel. I have had better spread at Nautanki gali at 1/10th of the price with excellent service. It was really annoying that such a big hotel cannot even engage an extra staff for escorting the guests to the tables. Being so hot and day time there is no sense of keeping half spread out at pool side and half inside. Moreover for the live grills, you need to personally stand in the queue to give order. Space constraint was evident and the nearby tables were really close. Keeping a pork sausage in a live grill was really funny; i mean what’s your innovation in that. Any given day, I would prefer Westiin Seasonal Tastes Sunday brunch for its vast spread , awesome service, innovation in food and quality. Novotel brunch costs 1450 and Westin costs 1850. But Novotel offered only 10% corporate discount and Westin offers 20%. So after VAT, service tax etc, I end up paying more than Westin at Novotel. This was one of the worst anniversaries we have had and returned home with lost appetite. The most funny part was that Novotel charges for valet parking to park your vehicle in hot sun! I would recommend to my friends, colleagues and readers to avoid Novotel and go for Seasonal Tastes, Westin for a memorable fine dining experience.
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Som Banerjee

April 28,2011

My GoTo Place

I am a regular at the Square and food is always delicious. I did have a Caesar salad (a la carte) on one occasion and Romaine lettuce was not used to my disappointment. But the buffet is pretty good and has a fabulous collection of salads and desserts along with the main course. Servers are very attentive and the chefs always makes us fresh bread or appetizers at the individual stations behind the main counter. Definitely worth my while.
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April 14,2011

Average food, good ambiance but I prefer Westin

The dinner buffet is what we opted for. Unlimited alcohol on a weekend being the biggest motivation for my boyfriend to take us here of course :)
Friendly staff I must say - we dint like the 1st table we were seated at but they found us a good table despite the crowd, once we told them. I quite liked the BBQ stations outside. However the food, well I've had better.
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April 09,2011

Caters to humans....and mosquitoes!

I had dinner at The Square last night with a friend. The experience can be summed up in just one word....awful.

The restaurants in The Square's (alleged) class are expected to maintain a certain standard of ambience, class & food. You walk in with a certain expectation and sadly, our expectations last night were completely belied.

The night started our well enough. We walked in to the sounds of an acoustic guitar played by a live band in the bar next door. We were politely ushered to our table which was quite close to to the entry of the restautant (and to the adjacent table as well). We ordered a light oriental meal-Chicken in szechwan sauce accompanied by rice as we were not looking to stuff up. The trouble started when we asked for a change of tables to avoid the fishy smell emnating from adjacent table (close, remember). We then moved to a table at the other end of the hall and the place was swarming with mosquitoes! To make the matters worse, the air conditioning barely worked. Very soon, I was sweating and swatting mosquitoes(who seemed to be out for their own dinner) with both hands. I think I got 8-10 of them, spoiling their evening in addition to mine.

The food arrived late, adding to our misery. The waiter politely explained that the delay was due to an ongoing biryani festival. The food was average at best (I must admit that my opinion can be biased as I was pretty pissed off by then, playing tag with the mosquitoes and all). We simply gulped down our meals as fast we could and were out of there. No tips.

Needless to say, we don't plan to go there again.
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October 22,2010

My all time fav

I simply love the Square for its food n ambiance. The menu is never ending n the selection of desserts in the dinner buffet is amazing. The only downside is the service which can be pathetically slow esp when you order from the live counters. Other then that, I think this is one of the best places to dine in the city.
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Kranthi Boyina

September 21,2010

I love this place

Well this is my first review here at burrp, and there is no restaurant other than this that I can think of to write my first review. I've been to this place a couple of times and man it’s awesome place for food lovers like me and expensive as well but let me tell you it’s worth every penny. The buffet has Desi, Chinese, Continental, Mexican and what not....

I went for buffet in both the occasions and really loved the way food tasted and presented as well. I have gorged on almost all the items in the buffet and they were really tasty. The stand out ones are the grilled prawns, Veg/Non-Veg salads and of course starters. The only thing I didn't like in the buffet was sushi it had a weird taste, apart from this all the items were really tasty.

I suggest this place to anyone who is looking for distinctive tasty food experience with really good ambience.
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January 24,2010

Was better

love this place so much. it used to be much better earlier but neverthe less the varities and the ambiance here is just perfect. but still 5 stars for what is worth and what it was!
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LiveLike Che

January 24,2010

Heaven for Food Lovers ! Square @ Novotel,Hitex

I've been to Novotel last night with a friend and discovered that The Square offers a Wideeeeeeeeeeee spread Dinner Buffet along with Unlimited Drinks from 6.30 to 11.30 p.m on Saturdays!!! Being an Addict of Good Food & Alcohol i hopped on to a Pool Side Table..There Was a Live Barbecue Counter right beside and one can choose from Lobsters, Crabs, Mackerel, Lady Fish, Chicken Roast + Equally competitive Vegetarian starters..Except Couple of varieties everything seemed to be tasty..Then there is the Main Course with numerous dishes ranging from Lamb Biryani to Noodles to Tomato Rice.. Dimsums to Shrimps...Steak In Wine to Paneer Masala..And then there are about twenty varieties of Deserts... We coudnt even decide what to eat and what to leave...Its like a Paradise for Food Lovers and ofcourse for alcholics coz they were serving unlimited Whisky,Vodka, Beer, Rum and Zin ( selected brands) !!!!!! Needless to say that you'd love the Service too.. Bill was around 2400 rupees inclusive of taxes and we felt its really worthy..
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Sekhar CK

November 22,2009

our new Bahar

After a late night show or after freaking out at a friends place, we used to head to Bahar when we were hungry. now its the buffet at the square - novotel.
delicious food. good spread. attentive staff.
but somehow i always had a problem with the AC.
i dont have anything else to add.
Been to this place a gazillion times that soon i guess we're gonna get bored of it. :(
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April 21,2009

Amazing place for an early morning breakfast

I've been to Hitex a couple of times - but this was the first time I went to Novotel. The ride down the road and the landscape is the first thing that any one who comes down for the first time would notice...

A group of us went to the "The Square" for breakfast on a Saturday morning not knowing the price neither the timings nor the menu, but since it was "The Novotel" where we were going - our expectation were high!

As we have entered, the way they received us, the ambiance was great :)

We were then directed to our table and it was already 9:30am and we were informed that the bfast was on until 10:30am and the menu, the items list was never ending ... then thought an hour is too short to enjoy the bfast..

There was a wide range of food there - starting from our very own south indian idly/vada/dosa/puri sambar/aloo/chutneys etc.etc... and of all sambar was really really yummy... to the so called english bfast - with a wide variety of cakes/breads etc. and not to miss the variety of non-veg items there.

Apart from the above, there were a variety of fresh fruit juices, canned juice, milk/coffee/tea, curds and fruits available ... Then realized, we should have at least come in by 8:00 or before to enjoy the lavish breakfast...

But when we received the bill - that was a surprise or rather not a happy surprise - as the buffet was a little expensive - but going by the place, we all thought it was worth the money...

At the end, when we were done with the food, we had a walk beside the pool which was really relaxing.. apart from the hot sun above us...
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Navin Sigamany

September 23,2008

Best place for a leisurely meal

The first time we went to the Square, we weren't buying. However, we've been back there twice after that - in spite of the hefty bills - and we'll be going back there again and again.

In a nutshell, the Square is simply the best place in Hyderabad for a long, leisurely meal with that someone special!

The Square has a stupendous buffet - whether you're there for their Sunday brunch or dinner. Liquor in some form is usually included, and the spread is one of the biggest I've seen anywhere in the world.

The ambience too is brilliant - you can sit in air-conditioned comfort inside, or dine al fresco poolside if the weather's nice. The poolside also has gazebos - which means if there is a light misting rain that makes the place look so romantic, you can still eat outside.

The buffet is simply too much to take at one go - which is why I keep stressing the 'leisurely' part of the Square's appeal. The best way to make the most of your Square experience is to arrive as early as possible. Call ahead and make a reservation, especially if you're planning on a Sunday brunch. Once you arrive, spend as much time as you possibly can, and make your way through the culinary maze that is on offer.

The buffet seems to go on and on - there are three live counters apart from a live dessert counter. The buffet usually has Indian (North, South, Tandoori), Continental and Asian food. The dessert counter is inspiring, and dessert is a second meal in itself. It is also a culinary trip around the world - where else can Umm Ali and meringues rub shoulders?

The only downside is the price. But then, if you're celebrating, it shouldn't really matter.
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