A Hotel with restaurants that have always bowled me over with the dishes
A Chocolate Boutique that gives us an experience I am yet to see elsewhere
A coffee shop where meetings are fun, and music is always something I can hum along with.
A Hotel that I have visited more times than I can count on my ten fingers
Well, as you can see, I can go on and on…
Yes, I do have a soft corner for this property.. and it goes way back, when they had just opened doors to the world.
And here I was back again to explore the new menu at Cafe Mercara at ITC Grand Chola. What made the afternoon extra special was the fact that the new menu was being launched Pan India at the same time with #TrendingatPavilion being the hashtag for the event. How cool is that?
The one thing that is visible across the menu was the “Caringly Selected, Mindfully Prepared” theme. Each dish has been hand picked, carefully put together and presented. Starting with the detox drinks to the Tulsi seed and Indian summer fruit Muesli to the melt-in-your-mouth quinoa and sweet potato kebabs, every dish has you feeling good- not just about what you are eating but also about the health aspect. Oh and be prepared to be surprised.. All you need to do is close your eyes and let the flavours play with your taste buds.. I assure you a fun ride ahead.
Brace yourself and come along with me on this journey….
The menu and the theme behind the same.
Tulsi seed and Indian summer fruit Muesli – Loved it, esp since this is very my kinda breakfast dish
The three drinks- [L to R]
Natural: Jamun and Mint
Detoxifier: Apple Carrot and Ginger and the
Cleanser: Watermelon Beetroot and Mint.. My favourite was the beetroot drink.
Crusty Bread with house dip – Oh the dip was out of the world- herbs with cheese, couldn’t get enough of it.
Carrot and Coconut Soup with carrot paper and croutons. Oh my, it was light, packed with the coconut milk flavour and clean.
Burrata and Beet-For the uninitiated, Burrata is cheese..This dish had the cheese with Balsamic balls on top, red & yellow pepper puree drops, beet sauce base and fresh greens along with a crispy slice of bread on the side. Could have just had this dish and been happy.
Vazhapoo Cutlet/Vadai- a local delicacy made with Banana flower. Love this one!
Quinoa Shakarkandi Kebab ( from the Kitchens of India)- it was melt in your mouth and am not exaggerating. The quinoa and sweet potato combination Chef told us was something he had achieved after a lot of research. They went so well together.
Brie En Croute from their world cuisine section. It was a parcel with Cheese that had caramelised onions inside. Oh man, the accompaniments on the plate were equally sinful and went so well with the cheese.
Chicken Soltado again from their World Cuisine section was Rice served with stir fried chicken along with vegetables .. It had Chinese influences am guessing.
Unfortunately, I had to leave before the Vegetarian main and desserts arrived, but did hear they were outstanding as well… always a next time 🙂 The menu is interesting, it is divided based on categories and each dish has a simple explanation along with it. Overall, the menu looked very inviting and am already looking forward to the next meeting or tete-a-tete that shall have this cafe as the venue~! Kudos to Chef Nikhil and the entire team for their efforts and dedication to serving up healthy, delicious and interesting/quirky dishes.
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The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember that restaurants and eat outs sometimes change with time, so does their food and service. So, kindly consider these factors while visiting the places. Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂