We toured the gorgeous property of Vivanta Ambassador by Taj, on a lovely Monday evening, letting loose of all our Monday morning blues, we had collected from our respective bosses. Greeting us, upon arrival, was Mr. Farhan Zaidi, who was kind enough to show us around the beautiful hotel, before leading us to our destination of the evening – Yellow Brick Road!
Yellow Brick Road is a charming cafe hosting the Sip & Crunch festival at Vivanta Ambassador by Taj. The café has got a distinctive whimsical vibe in the decor which is classic-country, and gets amplified with their playlist – which focuses on 70’s hits by Bee Gees and Abba.
The menu, printed quirkily as a newspaper, was an eclectic mix of the food that they offered as well as various health, food, social and environmentally relevant tidbits and articles. The newspaper-esque menu also carried a special column by their Resident Chef along with a recipe which made for an interesting read, while we impatiently waited for our food to arrive. They also had a separate set of dishes listed which were Gluten and Lactose free to cater to everyone’s sensibilities – which we found extremely endearing and inclusive.
We started our healthy carb-fest off with a plate of Kurkure Idili Chaat, which we were informed was an in-house specialty and we figured out why pretty soon. The Idlis, fried to a crisp, were tossed around in tamarind and mint chutneys with a fair bit of yoghurt, had crushed gram-crackers thrown in for an added value of crunch, made for one lip smacking delicacy that we devoured in minutes.
Next up, we were served a generous helping of Bruschetta along with a Watermelon and Feta Salad which made for a refreshing combination. The Feta melted in our mouths and the Watermelon was really crunchy and cool, and was something we’d go back for time and again. We also sampled their Blueberry Blast Smoothie which was a good balance of sweet and fruity.
For main course, we had Thai Green Curry with Rice, and salad as a side accompaniment, and a serving of Paneer Punjabi Bagh. The Thai Green Curry was a little spicy for our taste buds, and was deficit of Lemongrass, which had us reaching for a glass of water every time we took a sip of it – hot damn! True to its name, the Punjabi Bagh Paneer was scrumptious Cottage Cheese cooked in creamy Tomato gravy and was a definitely a blockbuster at our table.
We ended the meal with another specialty called the Bull’s Eye which was a rich Chocolate Cake oozing Chocolate Sauce and was doused in scoops of Ice Cream, topped with Pralines and Cherries. YUM!
With this we had come to the end of this Sip & Crunch festival, whilst being fully and affluently catered to by the endearing company of Mr. Farhan Zaidi, which we really appreciate!
The portions were generous, hearty and a whole lotta healthy and we left the hotel with our stomachs sated, and smiles plastered on our faces!
Find out more about Taj Hotels here – Taj Group Of Hotels
Find out more about Vivanta Ambassador by Taj – Vivanta Ambassador By Taj
Huge shoutouts to Shreya and Pragya, for being hungry! I like you girls. Much thanks.
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Shreya Manocha – The Discernible Blur
Pragya Shukla – The Circular Corner