Luxury has a different meaning for every traveller. For some its about the grand decor, others look for impeccable service, while for few others its the attention to detail that defines an uber luxe experience. MBD Prive Collection, the recently launched 33 room-luxury offering at the Radisson Blu MBD Noida Hotel owned by MBD Group that dons the Carlson’s popular Radisson Blu brand, blends it all to offer a personalized luxury experience. We spent one night staycation at an MBD Prive Collection room and came back awed and rejuvenated. Our personal butler Siddharth was there to greet us at the lobby itself and we were quickly led to our room on the second floor.
One of the new entrants in Delhi’s hotel hub, Aerocity, is Hotel Pride Plaza. While for business travellers Aerocity is one of the best locations with airport and commercial nerve centre Gurgaon in close proximity, for leisure travellers too Aerocity has become the new dining destination. We checked into Pride Plaza Hotel for a staycation, that is a leisurely stay in your city, over a weekend. I have been to other hotels of Aerocity as well but mostly for a quick meeting or a meal but it was for the first time that I was staying at an Aerocity hotel. The spacious lobby of this hotel from the Bangalore-based Pride Group of Hotels, adorned with art by Krsna Mehta, welcomed us. After a quick check-in at the reception we were escorted to our room.

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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.

For long we did not know or knew little about Thai food. Then for long, we would see the Thai menu being relegated to the last page of menu books at Chinese restaurants. For long, Thai food would be represented by ubiquitous green, red curries, Som Tam and Tom Yum. Suddenly, over the last two years, we have seen a considerable sprinkling of specialty Thai restaurants in Delhi and hence the expansion of Thai menu beyond our limited knowledge of eats. And, we started defining Thai menu as we ate more of the cuisine.

Radisson’s Thai restaurant Neung Roi promises to alter the well-founded definitions of the Thai food. Apart from the ambience reminiscent of a fine dining restaurant in Bangkok, the restaurant offers a menu so elaborate that it can send a diner into a tizzy at the first glance. The menu is so elaborate that a single visit is just like a trailer and food that is incredible…all this makes this restaurant a gastronomic delight.

Neung Roi chefs feel many restaurants have done Thai cuisine a disservice by sticking to an easily accessible menu and by refusing to explore the cuisine’s history or its traditions. Their food at Neung Roi moves away from the Pad Thai-Tom Yum clichés and tries to revive ancient dishes from old recipes.

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At the restaurant you witness the division of Thailand into four parts. Not literally so. There are four menus in total for the cuisine. The restaurant serves authentic Thai dishes from four regions of Thailand, Isan that is the north east region, Lanna or the north, the Isthmus of Kra which is located in the South and the Central Plains. This covers pretty much the major culinary traditions of Thailand. While the dishes from Isan are spicy and bold; the dishes from Central plains are meticulously presented and balanced in their flavor.

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