After getting disappointed at the Taj Residency, I paid a visit to the new SP Grand Days hotel at Panavila Junction (near Bakery jn.). This time, I had my parents with me, both vegetarians!
I'm told that the hotel has been operating for about 2 months now. I must say I was really impressed by the ambience and the service. The restaurant on the 2nd floor was not too roomy, but very well set up. The ambience and the feel was just great.
I believe they are not yet up to full steam, since the menu card was a bunch of A4 printouts, stapled together. After confirming that there were ample choices for vegetarians in the buffet menu, we took the plunge.
To cut the review short, it was Awesome!!. The food was great, but only 5 dishes in the non-veg menu. Unlike the Taj, the veg side had even more variety and the dishes were absolutely great. If you go there, don't miss out on the 'grilled fish', it's quite good.
There were plenty of salads (both veg and non-veg), and the desserts too. But somehow, I found the desserts to be not up to the mark.
When they gave me the bill, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had billed the veg buffet separately at Rs.200 (the non-veg was Rs.350). Nowhere have I seen this, anyway, money saver, didn't mind :-)
The manager tells me that they are planning a Malabari Food Festival 11th of April onwards.
I hope this restaurant stays great (unlike the tragic Classic Avenue, which turned evil - to Thai and bland cuisine). So, give SP a visit. Highly recommended.
Update (7 May, 2009) Paid a visit again to SP. Good news.. They have not turned evil. The food and ambience is still great.