Far from the clamour of Pink City’s touristy centre is an oasis of tranquility and grandeur, one that offers five star hospitality and has a world-class brand tag. Located in the Kookas area on the outskirts of Jaipur is Le Meridien Hotel. Being a brand that stands for impeccable hospitality, I expected nothing but the best from this hotel. But it still exceeded my expectations. Its hard not to fall in love (at first sight) with this regal palace hotel, complete with manicured gardens and water bodies that also make the apt background score.
Located in the Ganehra village of Pushkar, a rather inconspicuous gate opens to the Orchard Tents and Tranquility- 15 luxury tents set amid amla (indigenous fruit) orchards. The property is open for guests between September and March which is also the high season for Rajasthan. The weather was perfect for our Pushkar sojourn and the Orchard Resort ensured that it was an exhilarating holiday.

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the grill room
There is a certain childlike excitement cum anticipation brewing underneath us as the lift rises up to the 28th floor of ‘The Lalit’ taking us towards the newly revamped ‘The Grill Room’. The magnificent view of central Delhi notwithstanding, the real excitement lied in the desire to taste some sumptuous grilled cuisine that this restaurant promises. As I sat down getting ready for my dinner, I couldn’t help but wonder at the view of the outside — pretty much the best parts of New Delhi but I’ll be hard-pressed to find a quality steak house anywhere down there. Hours of watching the Anthony Bourdains and the Adam Richmonds on the television screens these days invariably brings to the fore the desire to taste quality steaks — something that is really ‘rare’ in this city and I am not talking about the way I like my steak! In a conservative society like ours, ‘beef’ is still a complete no-no but a true non-vegetarian palate is incomplete without tasting a prime cut of beef.
MoMo Café located at the Courtyard by Marriott in Gurgaon managed tickling our tastebuds with its delightful Champagne Brunch. MoMo Cafe has been consistent with its food and each time we have visited the restaurant for a meal it has never disappointed us, be it lunch or dinner. The new-look brunch launched on the first Sunday of August offers free-flowing GH Mumm champagne along with a mouth-watering. The brunch has everything for everyone- from Sushis to live grills, from pastas to biryanis. Talking about the ambience well the Momo Cafe, which hosts the Brunch, was just buzzing with life even early on a lazy Sunday morning.
If succulence of meats, infusion of flavours into them and richness of gravy are the attributes of a princely Indian meal, Singh Sahib at Eros Hotel scores as much if not more compared to its peers like Dum Pukht, Dhabha (Claridges), Jamawar (Leela Palace) and ilk. Then what has so far marred its prospects for last 18 years that it has not managed the top of the mind recall for Indian food compared to its peers? Let the hotel's marketing team find answers to this conundrum. I happened to visit the restaurant recently for a special evening of whiskey and Indian food pairing. I am so flummoxed even at myself as to how I have managed to ignore a real gem located at a hotel that is a stone's throw from my residence. I even use the property's swimming pool every evening and the restaurant Singh Sahib overlooks the pool.

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