Saturday, July 9, 2016

Holiday Inn & Suites, Whitefield - Lunch at an incredible luxury resort

Recently I was lucky to spend some quality time at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Whitefield with my friends. Initially I was bit hesitant to travel to Whitefield on a working day, but immediately changed my mind after locating this place in Google maps. Holiday Inn & Suites is a luxurious American brand of Hotels which is part of the IHG Group (InterContinental Hotels Group) which is also famous for hotels like Crowne Plaza, Kimpton, Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo and many more.

I was invited by a close friend of mine to try their special lunch menu from the 'Tiffin Room'. They have Tiffin Room, Tiffin Bar and Pasha Bar and Grill at the resort. The last one is really interesting with a ‘feel like jumping’ pool and nice view of Bangalore from the fifth floor.

Holiday Inn & Suites is located in the Varthur-Whitefield main road. It’s beyond one’s imagination how big this place is when you see the building from the main road. You will be stoked to see the tranquil beauty of this resort once you step in there. They have a very classy, modern and contemporary interior with some antique pieces. The old style chairs along with the modern sculptures makes the lounge more elegant. The lush greenery of the resort adds more charm to this resort.

Being an American brand of hotel, I was surprised to receive a welcome in a traditional way with a decorated thali (tray) full of flowers, diya (lamp) and sindhoor followed by a welcome drink which was Aam panna. Aam panna was thick and refreshing. Tiffin Room is a place for a relaxing fine dining. They have an a la carte menu as well as buffet lunch.

At Tiffin Room they serve European, Continental and Indian cuisines with a modern twist. Chef Shibiraj and his team were really helpful in explaining the dishes. Before starting the lunch I just took some pictures of the dishes from the regular buffet. All the dishes looked so yummy.

What we had for the lunch -

Amuse Bouche – 

Baked Kottimber Vadi which was full of flavors and it tasted like Galouti kabab. By the time I finished Amuse Bouche I was sure that my lunch will be a great one.

Appetizers -

Koon (Mushroom in Malayalam) Ularthiyathu served in an edible spoon, Cheese Kurkuri and Steamed money bag. Starters were decent.

Soup - 

Thengapal Charu seved in surprise. The surprise was really interesting as they served the soup made of coconut milk and other spices in bread. Surprisingly while finishing the soup, bread didn’t become soggy. Bread was fresh and crispy. Soup in bread was a match made in heaven.

Main course -

Veg-Makhmali Kofta with Vegetable Dhalia (broken wheat). Though I had a non veg main course I happen to taste the veg main course and I absolutely loved the taste of Creamy kofta with a healthy vegetable dalia which was served with a Saffron sauce.

Non veg- Murgh Wazidwali with Saffron Pulao. Main course served was Stuffed Chicken breast with a Saffron rice and Makhani Sauce. Main course was so filling and finger licking delicious.

Next came my favorite part of the meal.

Desserts - 

Anarkali in Chocolate cup. Ela Ada and Lava Cake. 5/5 for the presentation. Soft and melt-in-mouth Gulab Jamuns served with white chocolate and Ela ada (Steam cake with coconut and jaggery filling, which is a traditional snack from Kerala) with a caramel sauce were really interesting. Lava Cake was moist and the chocolate flavor just perfect. They also had pastries, payasam and tarts at the dessert counter.

Overall the lunch was wonderful. This place is also very kids friendly with separate serveware for the kids. We tried only Tiffin Room this time and I will go back to this place to explore more. Holiday Inn & Suites can be a good option for a romantic weekend getaway without traveling outside the Bangalore and I am sure a relaxing spa followed by a wonderful meal at this beautiful place will remove all the stress.
Buffet is priced at ₹700+ taxes.
To know more about Holiday Inn & Suites, click here
For reservations or queries, contact 080 28544444

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