Trident is a place where you’d discover Japanese laughing out loud over drinks and having heck of a time, making the most of the junket. They could be Korean but we’re not sure. Anyways, the ambience is serene if not somber, which immediately puts you under pressure not to talk your usual i.e how you would generally talk while eating fast food at Rupali Square. But then that’s okay cuz you’re paying thrice as much the price of any normal restaurant in the city e.g Venus Inn or Shirose.
As you enter the hotel, the security will check your car for potential concealed weapon but the only weapons we had were our cameras. That almost makes you feel like you’re at the city airport, flying out somewhere.
Once you’re in, you feel more relaxed, overcome by the elegant ambience created by decoration and soothing music. Ok, back to the dinner table now.
At the welcome desk, the staff member greets you with a smile and says, ‘good evening, sir’ so silently that you almost hear nothing and end up reacting embarrassingly, ‘excuse me!’
Then he takes you to the table and hands out the menu book so thick it almost feels like a novel. As you flip through the menu book, the rates scare your pants off and you whisper to the waiter, ‘I’d begin with some water please!’ He would still scare you more by asking if you would prefer mineral water over normal water, clearly hinting at the cost of mineral water. They serve you with water in wine glasses to make you feel better but you begin to wonder, ‘why wine glasses?’
Knowing the dinner could cost a fortune, you begin to choose from the menu so carefully it makes you feel as if you were sitting on the hot seat of KBC and a wrong choice could negate your chances to win it. You finally order the food and begin to look around, realising a large part of your payment would go towards maintaining the ratings of the hotel.
The foods are served now and the first thing you realise that you would have been better off going for the buffet that costs 650 bucks per person. At least you could eat as much as you want. But then it’s too late as the foods are served already. You look at your near empty wine glass and whisper at the waiter to top it up.
The foods are all nice but didn’t you feel the same when you last eat at Tangerine? Then why pay thrice as much? Maybe for the ambience or the hospitality or the sheer status symbol?
Well, this is definitely nothing close to Trident Mumbai or Oberoi or Jazz by the Bay for that matter. A few Japanese laughing out loud or some whispering Indians barely add to the ambience. As you pay the bills (no tips) and leave the air conditioned ambience, the wisdom dawns upon you – never again cuz it’s not worth your hard-earned money.
Food: 4/5, Service: 4/5, Ambience: 4/5, Price: 2.5/5.