Pickles restaurant in Hotel Basera, Clock Tower has been known in the Secunderabad area for the buffet it serves. So when I had to meet a very old friend on his way to the railway station I suggested this place to him for a quick lunch.
We met up around 1 pm on a Sunday. They had a buffet on offer at Rs 499 per head. On that Sunday afternoon the restaurant was not very crowded and we easily got a table.
Around the buffet the place was a bit cramped for self service. We started off with Chicken Hot and Sour Soup which was warm and spicy perfect for a winter afternoon. The starters included chicken kababs and ginger fish. The kabab tasted good, but some pieces were slightly burnt. The ginger fish made of boneless Basa was nothing great.
Among the main courses, the Lamp Chops Curry was delicious went very well with the naans served on the table. The prawns in the Prawn Masala were hard and rubbery. The Dum Ka Chicken or the chicken biryani served were nothing exceptional.
Among the wide choice of vegetarian dishes I only found the paneer to be tasty.
The desserts also did not enthuse me much apart from the odd Gajar Ka Halwa.
Overall, the spread is fairly large, but the quality of preparation lacked spark - most of the items were average. Service was average too we had to call out multiple times to get our water refilled.
I have heard that with the offices around, the buffet does brisk business on weekdays, which may be due to lack of other good options around this locality.