The month of May is in its last leg and as elated as we are for the monsoons to arrive, a part of us does get teary eyed while we bid farewell to the fruit of the season. The ‘Mango Trail’ hosted by The Orchid Hotel is nothing but a parting homage to the king of fruits.
The Mango Trail is a first of its kind Gourmet Mango Festival which is a ‘Treat’ spoiling you for choices. An enormous variety, justified pricing, impeccable service and a very relaxed ambience ideal for summers. With a new menu everyday while they retain the theme, here’s for a quick synopsis!
- One Stop Shop for Mangoes
Over 25 varieties of mangoes belonging to various states of the country are on display. Pick from the Alphonso or Badami, The Malgoba from Tamil Nadu or Langra from North India. Kesar, Himsagar or even the Dashehri. The food festival is an exclusive hub to satiate all your mango cravings of this season.
- Salad Bar, Street Food & Assorted Pickles
A well curated salad bar is at your service which has exclusive mango flavored elements. With over 6 varieties on the salad bar, the ‘Smoked Chicken & Mango Salad’, and ‘Chatpata Seafood salad’ is definitely a good start to the food fest. There is an exclusive array of assorted pickles as well which is a sacred harbor for all pickle fanatics. For those who need a mandatory dose of chat and pani puri, there’s something for all you guys as well.
- Welcome Drinks
The quintessential mango drinks – Aam Panna and the Mango milkshake live upto your expectations. Also, there are some welcome ‘red wine sangria’ shots for the extra punch.
The Boulevard at The Orchid is serving 6 types of starters, 3 each of vegetarian and non vegetarian. The Chef has taken admirable efforts to incorporate the mango essence in each of them, as far as possible. The seafood was exceptionally well cooked and tasted heavenly.
A well balanced Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian section with over 10 varieties. The mains cover cuisines like Italian, Indo Chinese and regional Indian favorites. I tried the ‘Macher Jhol’ – a Bengali delicacy and the ‘Prawns in Chilly Sauce’, both equally scrumptious. The ‘Vegetable Stew’ and ‘Paneer Makhani’ stood at an equal footing.
An eclectic mix of Indian sweets and desserts from across the border. The ‘Mango Ghevar’ and ‘Mango Rabri’ raised the bar. With almost 15 varieties to pick from, you are definitely on a mango high once you exit the place.
WHERE: The Boulevard, Orchid Hotel
TIMING: Lunch 12 pm- 3pm; Dinner 7pm-11pm
PRICE: Lunch/Dinner – ₹1050 + Taxes (Adults) ; ₹650 + Taxes (Kids)
Disclaimer: This Review is based on a complimentary invite extended by Neha Joshi on behalf of The Orchid Hotel, Pune. The opinion expressed in the review is entirely my own and in no manner influenced by any party.