Celebration – Mercure, Lavasa

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What a find !

Rating – 4.2 / 5

Lavasa as a hill station/tourist place has always been enticing but one major grudge I have always had with the place is lack of delicious food options but this time I discovered this gem of a place !

Ambience – 4.5/5 – The Restaurant area is brightly lit up with a number of comfortable seating options – usual table type settings, sofas, round sofas etc.

We had a nice time dining out and the experience was comforting for sure.

Drinks – 4/5 – In all we had four types of Mocktails, the first one was served by Mr.Rana was not even there in the menu and they prepared it specially for us and it was the best one. It had a Pineapple base combined with Vanilla Ice-cream and we loved it.

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Pineapple and Vanilla based Mocktail

 

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The other three Mocktails we ordered were the Watermelon/Mint flavored Berry Sweetheart (pretty good), Cola and Chocolate based Chokuzi (a strange combination – didn’t quite work) and Pineapple Zing (pretty decent).

Food – 4/5 – The meal started with a bit of a mixed bag in terms of soups not much above average and some of the starters were bland but once the feedback was provided the starters and ensuing main course was kickass indeed, a brief about the dishes as below:

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Chicken Manchow Soup – Was a bit too tangy for my liking, adding a bit more salt helped in neutralizing the tanginess to an extent but that was the spoiler.

DSC02830Tomato Soup  – The good old tomato soup was decent if a bit sweet but addition of black pepper helped matters – #Decent

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Chicken Achari & Chicken Maithi Tikka

Chicken Achari Tikka – This was decent as well but the lack of relevant spices made me forget for a moment that it was an achari tikka. People who’re Okay with mild spices might like the preparation pretty good and I liked it as well but would have preferred to be a bit more spicy. #Recommended

 

Maithi Chicken Tikka – As the name suggests maithi flavored chicken chunks – again extremely mildly spiced and the chicken itself could have been more tender.

DSC02833Adraki Gosht ki Tikki – This was a failed attempt at Shami kebab kind of preparation and it failed miserably as the resultant was a chewy, not so tender mutton patty which appeared to have been deep fried which was the last nail in the coffin for the preparation.

DSC02834Chicken Lal Mirch Tikka – This finally was what I was looking for, a soft and tender preparation full of spices and I just loved it. #DefinitelyRecommended

DSC02840Mutton / Lamb Rogan Josh – There’s only one word to describe this – WOW ! Succulent mutton pieces simmered in a tangy and flavorful gravy further accentuated by ginger julienne giving it the perfect taste. Though the dish was mutton rogan josh it evoked strong memories of Laal Maas of Udaipur I had last year and the dish was somehow more aligned to the Rajasthani flavors. #Perfect #DefinitelyRecommended

DSC02839Nizami Mutton Biryani – I have a hard time searching for adjectives to define the experience and the only one I am left here with is Amazing, that’s exactly what it was 🙂 The Biryani was fluffy, moist with tender mutton pieces and the preparation was complemented with enough spices to make for a pretty good Hyderabadi style Biryani. I can vouch this is the best biryani not only in Lavasa but it can easily beat what you get at so many places in Pune ! #Amazing #DefinitelyRecommended

DSC02842Chocolate Brownie – 4/5 – The most important factor in a good Brownie is to have it soft and if it hardens even a single bit that is reason enough to spoil the entire preparation but this one was soft and laced with chocolaty flavors and my little one absolutely devoured it.

Service – 5/5 – The service was very courteous and considerate, every little feedback was taken with keen interest and implemented instantly. Special mention is required for Mr. Rana Shil who worked at his best to make the evening a memorable one for us and even arranged for a Birthday Cake as soon as they were aware of the occasion. Our server Mr. Rahul Chauhan was on his toes in serving us and made every effort to comfort us and fulfilled all our demands. Also had couple of conversations with the Chef Mr.Mukesh Panwar who took the rather negative feedback about the initial kebab servings in his stride but returned back with the amazing delicacies in starters and main course !

DSC02845Their entire staff on the whole was extremely friendly and courteous and went out of their way to make my Birthday evening a very special one indeed.

Value for Money – 5/5 – At Rs 849 AI (through nearbuy)per person they serve dinner buffets usually on the weekends but they didn’t have a laid out buffet during the Tuesday evening we were there owing to less footfall usually during the weekdays in Lavasa. However they were extremely flexible and they allowed us to order anything from the Menu and in as much quantity we liked except for the Prawn preparations and we absolutely loved the idea and ate to our fullest.

Next time you’re in Lavasa and if you’re craving for some delicious North Indian and Mughlai food you know where to head, cheers !

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