A Surprised tête-à-tête at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bengaluru, in Whitefield (Formerly Alila Bangalore Hotel and Residence). Under the new management IHG – Intercontinental Hotel Group, this boutique hotel has been given a new look and feel. And with the new management taking over, it was evident all around, from the greeting at the lobby to the refreshment served,so much attention to detail. Some of us lucky bloggers got invited to a tête-à-tête with the GM of Holiday Inn Bhawna Verma and Mayak Uniyal and other F&B team. I have to say I left feel sated and so relaxed.

Tiffin Room is an all-day dining restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The atmosphere boasts of bright and spacious yet very modern interior, more so colonial- style featuring a new la carte and buffet menu. The in-house guests enjoy a 24hour service. The kitchen is now lead by Executive Chef Shibiraj Saha, who left no stone unturned with his new menu launch. It was Crème de la crème dishes one after the other, as you can see below via the gallery. As tempting as the images are the taste was impeccable and exquisite, just mind blowing. I love food but this was by far the best meal I had. It was a gourmet meal infused with both Indian and Continental take on food preparation.

Tiffin Bar @ Holiday Inn, Whitefield
Tiffin Bar @ Holiday Inn, Whitefield

Namaste – The beautiful receptionist greeted us with a red tika or tilak or kumkum on our forehead. The tray had a fire lamp and flower petals, and is called Aarti (to ward off the evil eye).


Welcome Drink – The drink served was Aam Panna made from raw mangoes, the black salt added to the mouth of the glass made it sweet and sour and burst of flavours from mint infused in it was super tasty. We were told by Bhawna, the GM, that the mangoes used were fresh from the tree in the backyard of the hotel.

Delish Aam Panna
Delish Aam Panna

 

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©SkinnyGirlDiariez 2016 (33)

Amuse Bouche Baked Kottimber Vadi – I am still struggling my way to pronounce this dish, but the different species used in preparation were just teasing my taste buds. It is a vegetarian starter but had a more non vegetarian flavour to it. It just vanished off the plate in bite. <Snort>

Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore
Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore
Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore
Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore
Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore
Baked Kottimber Vadi @Holiday Inn & Suites, Bangalore

StartersSteamed Money Bag, Konu Ularthiyathu served in Spoon & Cheese Kurkuri – This was just icing on the cake, the presentation and the taste was so exquisite, I just do not have any complaints.

  • Steamed Money Bag – Vegetarian dim sum, served in the broth the vegetables were cooked in, this was just juicy and succulent.
  • Konu Ularthiyathu again a tongue twister, but the mushrooms infused with beautiful spices and the crispy edible spoon was just to die for, it is a puff pastry and mushroom filling on top. Just loved the creativity here, if I could I would have asked for more helping. Greedy glut that I am.
  • Cheese Kurkuri – Cheesy spring rolls served in a chill dip, not too sweet not to spicy. All of the ingredients were just too tempting to stop. I had licked the platter clean.
Steamed Money Bag, Konu Ularthiyathu served in Spoon & Cheese Kurkuri
Steamed Money Bag, Konu Ularthiyathu served in Spoon & Cheese Kurkuri
Cheese Kurkuri
Cheese Kurkuri
Cheese Kurkuri – Cheesy spring rolls served in a chill dip,
Cheese Kurkuri – Cheesy spring rolls served in a chill dip,
Konu Ularthiyathu - Mushroom tossed in spices on an edible spoon
Konu Ularthiyathu – Mushroom tossed in spices on an edible spoon
Steamed Money Bag – Vegetarian dimsum
Steamed Money Bag – Vegetarian dimsum

Soup – Tengapal Charu served in surprise

I just am left at awe with the imagination and ingredients used in this soup. They say that modern restaurants cannot do away with this simple dish. This was a definite surprised soup indeed, where imagination and ingenuity as you can see go hand-in-hand. The soup was served served in an in-house baked bread, which is meant to be consumed at the end if one desires. That thought made me gulp my soup so fast. From my eyes to the taste buds all the senses were awakened. It was foodgasms till the end. The delicious gravy based broth added was enjoyed by all to the max, we ended up eating the entire bowl. So crispy on the outside and never got soggy till the end. The beautiful texture of the soup was so rich and tasty. Chef Shirabji really out did himself with this dish. Definitely not to be missed by anyone.

Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites
Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites
Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites
Soup of the day – Tengapal Charu @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

Main courseMakhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg) and Murgh Wazidwali with Saffron Pulao (Non-veg)

I chose the non-vegetarian option. The fragrant tomato puree had a punch to it and accompanied the stuffed chicken perfectly, however, I felt the chicken a bit too dry for my liking, which was soon put to rest as more sauce was served on the side. The Pulao on the other had was cooked to perfection and was so tasty on its own too, the hint of saffron flavour was just right.

Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Makhamali Kofta with Vegetable Dahlia (Veg)
Murgh Wazidwali with Saffron Pulao (Non-veg)
Murgh Wazidwali with Saffron Pulao (Non-veg)

 

DessertAnarkali in chocolate cup, Ele Ada, Lava Cake – For sweet tooth lovers, this is just what the doctor ordered, look no further. This platter was perfect way to end the meal.

  • The Lava cake, was so gorgeous and perfect to the last bite. The hot chocolate oozy out as I tried to scoop it before it spread across my plate. 
  • The Anarkali in chocolate cup was yummy. I am a Mangalorean and we cook up something similar to this, it was like steamed rice pudding.
  • Ele Ada is Gulab Jamum – with condensed milk filling.

The chef had prepared the dessert to my liking, not too sweet just the right amount of sweetness to all the three. The Tiffin Room, will satisfy your sweet tooth with the variety of different dessert, pastries and cakes.

Anarkali in chocolate cup, Ele Ada, Lava Cake @ Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites
Anarkali in chocolate cup, Ele Ada, Lava Cake @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Anarkali in chocolate cup, Ele Ada, Lava Cake @ Holiday Inn Hotel &amp; Suites
Anarkali in chocolate cup, Ele Ada, Lava Cake @ Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites




The Chef and his team, just out did themselves in terms of standard and presentation. If you plan to visit Tiffin Room I highly recommend the soup – Tengapal Charu.

I have to give top marks to the lovely team. I felt at home and so relaxed and the food was not rushed to us. The chef took care to prepare an extra dish of everything, so that us bloggers could get some good clicks of the wonderful dishes he had prepared. And again, I am still at awe for being treated more than just a blogger visiting or reviewing the food. Can’t wait to go back to try out some of the other dishes on offer.

We were each given as a parting gift some in-house freshly baked cookies, some chocolate and a coffee Mug! 🙂



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About Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bengaluru Whitefield –
This gorgeous upmarket property is located about 11-minute walk from the Jagriti Theatre, in Whitefiled. This building is surrounded by lush landscape and intricate art work on display all around. Sleek, contemporary rooms with wood floors and rainfall showers. Executive rooms have private balconies, and suites offer living areas and sofa beds. Room service is available 24/7.  There are also 3 restaurants, including a grill eatery. Other amenities consist of an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym and a business centre. To know more visit their Website – Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

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Chef and his team!


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Deena Pinto

I would describe myself as someone who loves to eat good food and travel, am polished and classy, yet have that little girl spirit in me and my fashion sense is chic which has to be accompanied with bold statement pieces and fresh accessories. I love to get pampered, totally spoil myself, and why not? xoxo Deena Pinto #skinnygirldiairez

2 thoughts on “A Surprised tête-à-tête at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

  • July 26, 2016 at 3:33 PM
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    game avatar. Hi my friend! I want to say that this post is awesome, great written and come with apopixrmately all important infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .

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    • July 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM
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      Hi Budd, thanks a lot for taking the time to give your feedback, glad you enjoyed, look forward to more. deena x

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