I visit Kolkata once in a year am am based in Mumbai.
Till about 2 years back I remember visiting Grain of Salt at least once during my week long visits here. I was in for a surprise when i saw that G.O.S has given way to 'Ivory'.
The ambience is impressive mainly to due the open plan. The vastness does leave its mark. Each table has small cup of salt, perhaps in reminiscence of it GOS days. The linen are all in the shades of white.
The staff is courteous and well aware of the menu. However, during peak hours, they tend to get fazed a bit.
The a la carte menu is quite extensive. Good choices for both vegetarians as well as the non vegetarians.
I however am a sucker for buffets and indulged in the same. The restaurant has a daily lunch buffet (I am not aware about their dinner setup however).
The buffet spread was very interesting. They stocked from soups (veg & non veg), chaats (pani-puri, dahi-vada etc) and a extensive salad counter (veg and non-veg) with loads of diff dressings to a good main course consisting of 4 veg curries, 2 continental dishes, 4 non veg curries, 2 chinese dishes and 2 live counters which made veg tikkis and veg pan-fried chinese noodles (with an option for rice available too) along with your choice of toppings, ingredients and sauces.
The dessert counter after such a top-notch main course was the icing on the cake (quite literally!) It had 2 varieties of Indian deserts, 2 types of pastries, ice cream along with toppings and sauces and of course fresh fruit plates (which I ALWAYS avoid) :p
All in all, the food was great (taste-wise as well as variety-wise); and that is exactly what separates Ivory from other buffet places...the extensive variety does mean that the quality or the taste have been given 2nd priority!
The curries were all fresh and tasty with the perfect amount of spices. The Indian breads were perfectly cooked (crispy on the outside and soft from the inside)...and the desserts were great!
A good place to visit if you are looking out for a leisurely lunch.
P.S.: Currently they are giving out one complimentary drink including with the buffet-. Select from either a fresh lime or a jaljeera or a kingfisher beer!
cheers to that!! :D