The following article is written by my lovely cousin Anjum who spent the weekend with me at the Le Meridien, New Delhi. I was invited by the hotel to experience their art spaces and their cuisine. Here are her thoughts on the experience.
Does a Cinderella like thing happen in today’s world? Till 26th April a cynic like me would have not hesitated a second to say "NO' but that was then.....
My sister, the food blogger (this is her blog dude) was invited by Le Meridien, New Delhi to blog about their spaces and their cuisine and she was allowed to bring a guest along. Out of all us sisters (we are a big family) I was the chosen one.
So for next 2 days I was transported to this magical land of the finest French and Oriental fusion cuisines at their world-class restaurants. Stuff that you only read in books or travel magazines had now became a reality. You name it, they had it and we could eat our hearts content at any of their restaurants.
My first day started with the signature breakfast at The One, which is apart from their regular buffet. My eyes literally popped open with the eye openers (wake up shots for the jet lagged and lucky ones with a hangover) drinks like watermelon and mango chilly sorbet. We feasted on
croque madame, which is a toast with cheddar cheese, fried eggs and bacon, goat cheese custard with dill and olive tapenade, spinach buck wheat pancakes and oatmeal soufflé with spices n berries. All delicately flavored and artistically presented. It was a meal straight out of an Enid Blyton. The chef was nice to come and explain the food to us.
To burn all the calories we both hit the pool with the attendants supplying us with Pina-Coladas, Margueritas and Bloody Marys.
Lunch at Eau de Monsoon,
prepared by a 3 star Michelin chef, was another gastronomic delight. Welcome drink of mushroom cappuccino with starters of French & Lucknow inspired galauti kebabs with
foie gras (duck liver a first time for the uninitiated like me). After each course the attendants gave us palate cleansers of apple sorbet and berry compotes to clear our palate so we could appreciate the finer tastes, texture and aroma of the next course. (Ahem ahem). It was a totally out of the world experience for me. Their sommelier Manisha, a rock star drink mixer has recently won a Grand Prix in a global coffee mixing competition. Thanks Manisha for the amazing wine tips. My sister who is more reserved about her opinion also could not help smiling through her lamb chops main course. Apparently lamb chops are the love of her life.
Taking a break from all the amazing meals, we went shopping at Khan Market, checking out interiors of Blue Frog at the Kila The Shroom, attending a private German party at Out Of the Box, Hauz Khas village.....
Sleep sleep go away, come again another day
... Life was at its best...Thanks Jyo! Thanks Le Meridien!
And as the clock struck twelve, in true Cinderella manner my chariot became a pumpkin and my train for Dehradun left New Delhi exactly at midnight. The Cinderella was back home but not without my teenage daughters sulky comment
"mom has all the fun".
Meeting friends in Delhi is so always refreshing.
So much love from friends.
My personal Musings: First of all I would like to thank Le Meridien for inviting me to experience their space and their cuisine. While the interiors were a bit loud for me, I really did enjoy the food. I also think the art gallery has tremendous potential and the art I witnessed was fantastic. Every one at the hotel was excited to have us and waited on us like we were some VIPs. I hope that is exactly how each of your guests is treated anyways. Thank you for the lovely break.
This piece of music is quintessentially Delhi for me. So beautiful.