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Travel diary – Food reviews – Lotus Riverside Resort (Vits Kamat Hotels) – Silvassa

By Aryeman

VITS Kamat has been a staple name for quality South Indian food in most cities. Their culturally rich cuisine has always been a feast for vegetarians. For decades, they have stuck to their standard tastes and not been influenced by nouveau fads of fusion foods.


On arrival, we chose to have some quick bites. The Kamat’s Veg restaurant surely has a winner with their Cheese chili toast and Vithal Vada. The later dish is wholesome meal in itself. One shouldn’t expect an overdose of flavours since the heritage of Kamat’s cuisine still remains intact and that’s surely a compliment. Fresh juices were served without ice, wherein our choice should be pro-actively acted upon without having to ask for it.


Our lunch at their Riverside Restaurant was a blockbuster on flavours. This outlet serves non-vegetarian and their pricing is quite competitive compared to Mumbai. Flavours rule high, thanks to the expert hands of Chef VijayPal who manages all the outlets. A humble, down-to-earth Chef, he surely charmed us with his magnanimity for tasty food..just the way we wanted it. The Butter chicken was lip-smacking so were the other dishes.


After some relaxation, we spent some time at the swimming pool where you had a lifeguard constantly on his toes. They do have floaters in case kids want to make use of it. A relaxing moment and the fresh air was surely a stress buster.


Our night was slotted for the outdoor restaurant ‘Urban Dhaba’. The ambiance has been created effectively to give a ‘dhaba’ feel. There are live counters too, where you can decide on what ingredients you want in your meals. Pricing is cost-effective, local families were enjoying sitting on the ‘khats’, strings of lights added to the village-like feel.


The barbeque section has its old-time rustic charms with flavours you would love. The variations in chicken dishes are amazing and surely the dal makhni is a must try. The cocktails were a wash-out, a disappointment if you don’t want to opt for the classic ones you get served everywhere. Service did falter but Chef VijayPal made up with his serene smile. He and server Sunil deserve a pat on their back for going the extra mile in pleasing customers.

Overall a good experience. VITS KAMAT has and will always impress me for their hospitality and conviction to offer quality to its loyal customers. Cheers to that!

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