We embarked on a culinary journey through Feast at Le Méridien, Pune when we visited the beautiful city last weekend.
Feast is a multi cuisine restaurant with an eye pleasing ambience, a vast spread of different cuisines in their buffet and brilliant service.
As you enter you’re pleased by the soft lights, golden and red apolstry, the light music in the background and of course the spread of delicious looking food from different parts of the world like Italy, India, China and Mexico.
For starts we took to the salad counter and were enchanted by the colourful salads on display. Whether you want a layered cous cous salad or grilled veggies, a Waldorf salad or some fresh hummus with pita, they have it all! My favourite salad was the Poached pear with berry Mayo. Sweet pears when folded into creamy mayonnaise creates a beautiful medley of flavours on your palette.
We then tried their Mushroom Vol Eu vent. A crisp French savoury pastry with layers of perfectly baked goodness stuffed with baked veggies and topped with a sweet and sour mango sauce was quite a delight to have.
The hassleback potatoes didn’t only look gorgeous but tasted as great too! Golden potatoes finely semi sliced into layers, baked to perfection with herbs are an all time favourite.
The stuffed tandoori mushrooms were good too. Soft button mushrooms stuffed with a spicy masala beautifully cooked in a tandoor melts in your mouth with each bite!
The best dish of day, which I loved the most, was the German pasta with spinach and cheese. Also known as ‘Spätzle’ this wonderfully soft pasta well cooked with Parmesan cheese, spinach and dollops of fresh tomato purée had me drooling!
The Paneer tikka (dry) was a little highly spiced and cooked with bell peppers on a tandoor. I felt the bell peppers and the masala was a bit in the higher side, masking the paneer a bit too much.
In Asian, we had the hakka noodles with spicy manchurian balls. The soft noodles were well cooked and tossed with a mild soya sauce and colourful veggies. This went beautifully with the spicy and crisp manchurian balls in a black garlic sauce.
In Indian mains we had the Shahi paneer korma and Gobhi Mussalam with naan and papad. The gravy of the paneer was well balanced with the creaminess of the cashews and the tanginess of the tomatoes. The paneer was as soft as cotton and the naan was hot and crisp.
The Cauliflower was beautifully cooked with garam masala and other spices.
The Vegetable jeera Pulav were quite nice too. Long grained basmati rice cooked with a strong cumin flavour with the sweetness of caramelised onions on top tasted lovely with some fresh Raita.
The best part of any meal for me, are the desserts. The Feast had a scrumptious dessert spread at their buffet. You’re in dessert heaven by just looking at all the colourful sweets on display.
From soft Black Forest pastries to fruit tarts, peach gateaux to blueberry cheesecake,rose petal marquise to lemon cakes, Firmi to malai sandwich, they had a beautiful spread of sweet indulgences.
I absolutely loved the Firni, rose kheer, Black Forest pastry and peach gateaux in particular.
The Firmi was Royal in its taste with the brilliant saffron and almond flavours, the Rose kheer was something I’ve never had and looked so pretty with its pink and red colours, tasted even better with the fresh rose petals added to it. The peach gateaux had creamy layers of pistachio and cream in a soft cake, topped with freshly poached peaches.
I had a wonderful experience at Feast.
You can go to to http://www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien to know more about the hotel.
Taste – 4/5
Ambience – 4/5
Service – 3.5/5
Value for money – 4/5
Overall rating – 4.5/5
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