Radisson Blu is located at a very convenient location on the highway and I usually end up dropping in on my way to or from the airport. Their coffee shop is open till late night so many a times we have ended up here for a quick bite before heading home. Parking is not an issue as they have a valet. The lobby is huge and the lounge sits right in the center of their NYC cafe and Savannah bar.
The interiors are mostly in hues of yellow complemented by wooden tones. There are large windows on one side that throw in beautiful natural light. During the day you get a nice view of the swimming pool as well. In the afternoon they have a live piano session and they pianist plays heaps of old English and Hindi numbers. He is quite good at what he does..believe me…and open to requests from the crowd. I asked for a Beatles song and he beautifully played Norwegian wood for me!
The seating is spacious with lots of couches and low tables spread out. The decor is simplistic and gives a feeling of spaciousness. The environment is very relaxed and serene. You can easily while away your time sipping on a cup of tea and chat away endlessly. No one seems to be in a hurry and sooner or later the calmness of the space takes over as you relax, sit down and begin to enjoy yourself. As is expected at a five star property, the staff is well mannered, well trained and very courteous. They take interest in ensuring that everyone has a pleasant experience.
Get Set Gobble:
They recently launched an Indian hi-tea menu so I went ahead and gave it a try. It sounded interesting where they give a selection of sweet and savoury items along with unlimited tea. They have a choice of 6 teas which are Ajwain ki chai, Adraki-long ki chai, Pudina ki chai, Chakri phool ki chai, Badi elaichi ki chai and Masala chai. There were a lot of new tea combinations that I have not heard before with flavours like ajwain and though I did not try them, my friends went ahead and sipped on a few from the selection.
Not being an avid tea drinker myself, I have a small knowledge about teas and my palette is prefers something lighter. Upon explaining my predicament to the server, he was kind enough to give me an option of Rose tea. It had a nice flavour and the essence of rose was quite strong. It has a tea ball made with green tea, flowers and as the name suggest, it is fragrant with the scent of a rose. Another tea which I liked was the Jasmine tea. The tea kettle was made of glass and had a huge flower placed inside it to give it its flavour. It is Chinese green tea that has been infused with a scented jasmine flower to give it a light honey colour. Apart from the tea I also tried the Affogato which was really nice. The coffee was quite creamy and had two large scoops of ice cream along with big chunks of chocolate flakes that gave it a great flavour.
There were super delectable snacks on the tray that go amazingly well with tea. I had the Vada pav that had a nice spicy aloo cutlet inside it. You can probably give the Dhokla paneer sandwich a miss as it wasn’t really memorable in taste. It was stuffed with a slice of paneer and mint chutney. The Kaju matar kishmish ke samose were super yumm. These were filled just right with a combination of potato, cashew nuts, green peas and raisins. Fried to a golden brown perfection, it was crispy in every bite.
There were quick small bites of Aloo chaat on papdi. Simple and delcious! The tiny papdis were piled with aloo masala, sev and chutneys. The Bharwaan paneer ke pakode were also great to eat. The slices of paneer have a layer of mint chutney between them and are dipped in besan to be deep fried. Dip them generously in a combination of the mint and tamarind chutney for that lip smacking flavour. As you can probably gauge there were a lot of fried and chatpata items and I think even tea could not have had better partners in food!
I did not like the Gulukand shahi tukda as much and found the base a bit soggy. I did however loved the Chcocolate malai chop that had a great flavour combination. Also it wasn’t too sweet overall.
Business meetings. Airport halts. Tea varieties. Five star service.