Indian cuisine, more so Awadhi cuisine is all about the perfect mix of spices and the best combination of intricately prepared dishes. Spellbound, a fine-dine Awadhi cuisine restaurant at Gardens Galleria Mall, Noida turns the cuisine into an unforgettable experience with scientific pairing of dishes, unique methodology of cooking (they don’t use any water or artificial flavour in their cooking! ) live ghazals ( every Thursdays) and more!
Nestled discreetly on the second floor of the Garden’s Gallaria Mall in Noida, Spellbound stands tall and regal. Its art deco type luxurious style is seen in the marble flooring; the modernistic lighting, the wall décor and its elegant furniture which makes the customer feel like visiting royalty. It’s a great space along with the private dining areas and the newly renovated rooftop, with a great view. The outdoor space is a haven for the millennia’s or those looking to unwind after work or those wanting to just soak the winter sun.
Spellbound is a gastronomical journey for those exploring the ageless royal Mughlai or Awadhi cuisines. The menu boasts of forty-two starters and an exotic main course from old royal gharanas. These are all eloquently curated and brought together by Dr. Izzat Hussain, the master chef whose passion for this style of cooking has made him a global name. His style of cooking, which is without the use of water or curd, is one-of-its-kind. The chef uses the moisture of the dish to cook the meal itself, in order to retain the actual flavours. For those who prefer Continental food, there are numerous dishes to choose from.
There are fewer things in life more satisfying than sitting down to a great meal. And if that dining experience is accompanied with a celebrated chef taking you through each delicious course and soothing ghazals in the background, life can get pretty interesting. Chef Izzat Hussain curated a beautiful menu for us. We started our meal with some fun mocktails, including a watermelon refresher and the pulpy kiwi, the perfect summertime refresher. Both the presentation and the taste were excellent.
For Non-vegetarian starters, we had the murg kalapasi, which was cooked in all black spices, murg haryali tikka, murg malai tikka and the chef’s speciality, melt-in-mouth izzati galauti kebab ( mutton). All their tandoor items especially their meat are cooked without any water or any marination and yoghurt and yet they were delicious. We also tried their vegetarian platter, which had shahi malai tikka, acahri paneer tikka, paneer aam chutney tikka, which was a new take on the traditional paneer tikka, with a filling of aam ki chutney to balance the spice ( loved it !) and the shahi vegetable kebab. These were complimented with mint chutney and a very tasty garlic and sesames’ chutney, something that I haven’t had before.
For the main course we were served a special vegetarian thali, which had dal shahzaadi, (a mix of five different pulses), paneer quarma (traditional mughlai curry prepared with cottage cheese), mixed vegetable, kachumber salad, raita and rice. In the non-vegetarian thali, we were served lasuni murg, mixed vegetable, dal shahzaadi, kchumber salad, raita and rice.
Teamed with chef’s special izzat ki roti, which was a signature delight and laccha parantha. The izzat ki roti is perfect for people who are watching their weight, as it is multi-herb, multi-spice and multi-grain. For those who love their paneer , the paneer tikka khurchan sizzler, spicy paneer tikka served with roomali roti on a sizzling plate is a must order. Another stellar preparation was the shikampuri kebabs that had a stuffing of protein-rich lobia beans, which had a mild spicy after-taste. If you happen to be a biryani lover, then do try their mutton zaffrani biryani and kaju zaffrani biryani. The piquant aroma of saffron in biryani, is sure to make you crave for more.
All in all, the quality of ingredients and simplicity of the cooking is inspiring, delicious, and entirely reflective of Chef Izzat Hussain There’s never a dish that’s put in front of you that doesn’t inspire you or surprise you. It’s such a joyful place to eat – everything looks so simple but it’s astounding to see how the Chef gets so much flavour from dishes and ingredients that look so simple. The staff too is very courteous and happy to recommend favourites, given your palate.
A date night, family birthday dinner or an important business meeting – meals at Spellbound are well worth the visit, especially on a Thursday night. We recommend reserving in advance.
Recommended dishes :
For non-vegetarians: Murg malai tikka., Murg Kalapassi, Mutton Badami Korma, Murgh Mewazad and Karhai Ghosht
For vegetarians : Galauti kebabs, Paneer Aam Chutney Tikka, Kabuli Paneer, Kaju palak, Dal Shahzaadi, Pakiza phirni, and Izzat ki Roti,
Good to know: They have a special offer, get 1 + 1 on main course , per table, on Thursday’s, for dinner. On weekdays they have a 1+1 on set menu for Lunch.
Speciality : Fine dining, scientific preparation and portions of Awadi cuisine, prepared by a celebrated chef and Unani doctor, Chef Izzat Hussain , live ghazal performance by Ustad Zaki Khan, the view , especially from the newly renovated rooftop dining
Shaam-e-ghazal begin 8 pm onwards, every Thursday