The all new Tresind @ Nassima Royal
Tresind recently re-launched with a new look and some new additions to their menu after being closed for renovations for approximately 3 months. However it didn’t stop their loyal customers from returning as soon as it reopened it’s doors on 1st August 2018.
I visited on a Sunday evening with a friend and by 8pm the place was jam packed. There were people celebrating birthdays, couples on date nights and business dinners happening all around us.
The new design and decor is a breathe of fresh air compared to their previous look which was not only a little dated but felt way too formal. The new blue hue palette and mix of patterns set the tone for a more relaxed vibe. I also noticed the different playlist between the lounge and the dining area.
We first start our evening in the bar which is to the left now as you enter the restaurant. The bar tender explains the cocktail menu and gives us a few recommendations. There’s so many tempting varieties that we take a little while to decide.
In the interim we enjoy an amuse bouche which is a mint chocolate sorbet accompanied by an infused water.
I finally settled on ‘An Indian Cup of Tea’ made with Tanqueray gin, pomegranate, mandarin air, grenadine and an edible flower. The teaspoon is loaded with pomegranate seeds and a chaat spice which I’m instructed to eat before I start sipping on my cocktail which is served in a tea cup and saucer.
Once our table is ready the hostess walks us over and shortly after a box arrives on our table which is the pre appetizers.
Then it was non stop table side action where the waiters entertained and served us exquisite Indian dishes prepared right in front of our eyes. The butter pepper garlic prawns were just the start of the delicious appetizers that were to follow.
I particularly loved the flavors in the cedar wood smoked tandoori chicken which comes served with flame grilled pineapple carpaccio in front of your eyes and decorated with chunky slices of pickled onion.
The Waygu beef skewers served with a satay sauce were also a hit. Tender seared thinly sliced waygu woven on a wooden stick with ample garnishes.
Also new to the menu was this seekh lamb kebab served rolled in a dosa which made it like a spring roll, crunchy on the outside with a juicy meaty goodness on the inside.
The blueberry and yuzu palette cleanser came served on a cute miniature lemon tree.
When you’re done with that you know the mains are about to start arriving.
We shared the kadhai lobster curry and the chicken chettinad curry which sparked my interest by the the Thai black rice appam which accompanied it.
There was additional carbs in forms of garlic naan and a green pea kochuri and the waiter was so kind enough to inform us if we needed anymore or some rice to kindly give him a shout.
Once we filled our bellies on the mains another trolley rolls over to our table and this time to showcase a new dessert.
It’s an interesting combination of textures and flavors. The base is made from aerated caramel chocolate topped with litchi & ras malai balls and filled with a saffron infused milk then topped with a swirled raspberry sorbet and finally decorated with frozen rose petals and dustings of pistachio. It’s not my favorite dessert so I’m thankful they also wheel over the pastry trolley for us to choose from. I opt for the chocolate crispy whilst my friend chooses a strange savory biscuit topped with tomatoes and slices of truffle. I’m still baffled how the later is actually a dessert. The Mille-fruitless although not very Indian inspired was a favorite of mine due to the light flaky pastry, vanilla custard and various fruit toppings.
When it thought it was all over they went ahead and brought us a box of petit fours.
All I can say is make sure you visit hungry!
Tresind is back on the scene and I’m sure this new design and new menu items will continue to impress its customers for many more years to come.
There’s more surprises to come including Tresind Studio which is launching soon. Watch this space.
Bookings essential: 04 526 0684
Location: Nassima Royal Hotel