As you step out of the elevator, Jashan’s smiling staff greet you and escort you to your table. The restaurant offers both diner-like booths and tables for four that can be joined for larger groups. Jashan’s decor is stylish, with a nice Indian touch.
Jashan prepares a sumptuous spread for their daily popular lunch buffet. It starts with a South Indian appetiser, the uttapam, brought to you at your table. The uttapam is served with both red and green chutney – the green chutney in particular is the best I have had in Hong Kong, giving some of the South Indian restaurants a run for their money. The conflicting tangy and spicy flavors of these chutneys sets the tone for lunch. In our hearts, we knew that we would be rolling out of Jashan by the end of this meal.
In most Indian buffets, the salad counter is usually an after thought. In Jashan however, this counter had a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian salads, chaat, lassi and raita. The Dahi Bhalla was served in individual bowls, which made sure that you had an intact puri saved from the pillaging spoons of many hungry desis. Among the salads, the Chicken Tikka Salad was new and interesting. We also enjoyed the pakoras, kebabs and samosas that were served as starters.
Eight fantastic dishes comprised the main course. Like any good India buffet there is balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The standard fare of Mutton Rogan Josh, Butter Chicken, Mutter Paneer and Dal Tadka hit the spot. In this case familiarity bred comfort and not contempt. The best part was that there were no bad dishes being pushed alongside the good ones – which many buffets tend to do, to give the illusion of a larger spread.
While the salad and main course did not disappoint, dessert was the proverbial icing on the cake. There is ice-cream and fruits for those who want to play it safe, but I would recommend tucking into the Gajar ka Halwa; with a hint of orange you can’t but have a second helping.
For a work lunch, this could be a bit elaborate but I am not going to dissuade you. This is a great indulgence for a lazy Friday lunch which fills your tummy without burning any hole in your pockets.
Price: On Mondays to Saturdays, lunch buffets are from 12.00 pm to 2.30 pm for $118 (subject to 10% service charge). On Sunday, the brunch is $148 (subject to 10% service charge).
Jashan | 1st Floor, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central | 3105 5300 / 3105 5311