The New Gourmet Bar at Novotel Hyderabad Airport
If you know Novotel Hyderabad Airport, its spacious lobby area, large 24-hour dining area overlooking the pool on one side and the lawns on other – you will know this is one place worth the ride for Hyderabadis, not to mention the sumptuous buffet. Proximity to the airport makes it a favourite for travelers on transit as well. The new upgraded, revamped version of these spaces that now sport contemporary decor made using sustainable elements, looks classy and vibrant – and that includes the jute lamps, the neutral colour palette, the crystal ball lighting, wooden furniture – in short eco-friendly decor elements adding to the look.
The coffee shop ‘Food Exchange’ has turned into this chic dining spot, especially ideal for weekend lunches. The Gourmet Bar at the lobby entices the guests with its warm and inviting decor that promises not just food and beverages (a fully stocked bar is indeed an enticing part of the decor) but a whole lot of relaxation, and positive vibe. The rustic furniture and serve ware add to this vibe that’s infectious to say the least.
When the hotel opened quite a few years ago, there was this small little bar tucked in the corner, where one could chat up with the bartender and order drinks while leisurely overlooking the bustle in the lobby. Today the spacious, tastefully designed the bar recreates the mood but in a much more evolved way. The name evidently comes from the carefully curated menu that introduces a whole lot of Indian finger food with a twist.
To the international travelers and the global Indian, what would be more enticing than Mozzarella stuffed Onion Rings; the quintessential masala Soya Chaap with Cheese – Gouda at that; Nachos topped with Amritsari Pindi Chole, Vada Pao with Ricotta, Chicken 65 Cheese Cigar, Chicken Drumstick flavoured with Kaffir Lime, Curry leaves pesto prawn skewers and Laal Maas Tacos? The menu mostly with finger food is fun, innovative and delicious – a perfect combo with the cocktails made using herbs and naturally grown ingredients. On the side the dips like the Chipotle Salsa, Punchporan Pineapple Chutney and Roasted Tomato and Bird Eye Chilli sauce are just a few from the wide variety paired diligently with the dishes for the optimum taste profile.
The bar has ensured there is a showcase of India on its main course menu, and some favourite international cuisines feature too making for an expansive menu evidently calling for a separate kitchen.
Do not miss the Soba noodle, three treasure vegetable with labaneh and cucumber, shio and nori from Japan, the most popular Dal makhani with buttered burnt garlic naan with sirka lacha, Bihari special Ahuna mutton with sattu makuni and sarson mirch pickle, and Curry leaf sprinkle mini murrel steak with anna potato and steamed broccoli – the last one an interesting confluence of West and East on your plate. Desserts like Rasmalai Tre leaches, Double chocolate raspberry cremeux and Mango coconut rhapsody ice cream complete the gourmet ride.
Here’s a nice little nook that is ideal for a leisurely bar session over finger food and a quick lunch or dinner to satiate the Indian food lover in you, who can still not resist a good cheese when he sees one, while the flair bartender entertains you with live music completing the experience. The beverage menu too is quite gourmet and uses fresh herbs grown in the garden making for the X factor.