A Special Father’s Day Brunch at Holiday Inn

Working close-by & crossing it almost 3-4 times every week, I don’t know why but I had not visited Holiday Inn until my recent visit where I was invited to try their unique Father’s Day Menu. Located right next to the Saki Naka Metro station, Holiday Inn can’t be missed. I was dining at Saptami & the lavish spread was prepared under the guidance of Executive Chef Sudhir Pai who graced our table with his presence.

Saptami is the multi-cuisine all day dining restaurant at Holiday Inn & like other prominent properties, the ambiance is beautiful. Varied seating option caters to everyone’s need. As we eat with our eyes first, the open kitchen & the wide spread menu satiates the eyes for sure & A walk around will build an appetite. We were trying out a special menu curated for Father’s Day. We started our meal with some healthy salads.

Grilled Aubergine Roll Filled with Cottage Cheese & Walnuts – Cold slices of aubergine/eggplant grilled to perfection stuffed with soft cottage cheese/paneer & walnuts paired with Mango Salsa was a great start to our evening. The sweet & spicy mango salsa complimented the mind flavours of eggplant & paneer.

 

Green Apple, Plums, Celery in Honey Vinaigrette – Slices of green apple, plums, celery & walnuts tossed in a honey vinaigrette. One of the best, crisp & fresh salad. Sweet & sour with a great crunch. I can easily finish a bowl of this.

 

Melon Ball Cocktail with Malibu Dressing – Such a pretty looking salad but not for me. With coconut being the main ingredient of the Malibu dressing, I didn’t like the dressing at all. Could have just had the melon balls. From the many options available here’s what I tried for starters.

Cheese Chilli Crostini’s – bite sized toasted bread slices topped with cheese & finely chopped chilli’s grilled to golden brown. Best paired with a drink.

Thai Corn Cakes served with Sweet Chilli, Peanut and Coriander dip – Corn pakoda’s with a thai twist. The texture was crisp but the lemongrass over-powered all the other flavours. It was way too strong. The dip was really good.

Tandoori Thread Paneer – Soft tandoori-marinated paneer coated in threads of maida & deep fried. Ultra crispy coating for the super soft paneer. I had this for the 1st time & loved it. Love the whole contrast of texture. If I had to go for another round of starter’s my choice would be the Grilled Aubergine & Tandoori Thread Paneer.

Moving on to the Main Course I tasted the following –

Tohu Sot Ka (Vietnamese Tofu cooked with peppers, tomatoes and bayleaf), Thai Green vegetable curry, Mee Goreng noodles & Rice. I thoroughly enjoyed the noodles. I like Thai Green Curry but here too the lemongrass flavour was really strong for my taste.

We were handed the menu for the day once we took our seats. The dessert section had caught my attention. Gajar Halwa Crepes & Mango Cheese Cake was something that I was looking forward to.

Thin crepes stuffed with mild gajar halwa served warm. The halwa & crepe tasted good individually & the combo was loved too. With the sugar balance perfect for my palate – neither too sweet nor too bland – I liked this combo which I tried for the 1st time.

Silky smooth texture as a cheesecake should be with actual mango taste. A must have for all mango fans.
Another dessert that I enjoyed was the Cheese Cherry Strudel.

Sweet-n-Sour cherry & cheese filling in crispy-flaky puff pastry sheets topped with icing sugar dusting. Warm & Comforting. I didn’t top it with the cherry compote served with it, enjoyed it on its own. We also tried Red velvet cake with Phil cheese, Black forest pastry, Hot fudge brownie & Malpua. The desserts were good but I had my fav’s in place.

Apart from this menu, an elaborate buffet was also available including Indian, Chaat, Asian, Live Pasta, etc.

Saptami at Holiday Inn exceeded my expectations. I assumed the food would be nice but the innovative fusions by Chef Pai & team made me change my perception. The staff is really courteous & helpful. Looking forward to another brunch session here soon.

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