If a restaurant gets its simple Som Tam right, then it is meant to go right all the way. Terrace the roof top restaurant and bar at Mercure Hyderabad has extensive Thai spread on its menu and gets it right
Bang in the middle of the city, amidst bustling streets, with people always in a hurry, moving about their business just like the metro train that chugs along back and forth ferrying passengers to and from their destination – is this 12-floored tower, housing the Accor property – Mercure Hyderabad in Somajiguda. The hotel has recently added an amazing rooftop restaurant and bar – Terrace.
Spaciously spread on the ‘Terrace’, the restaurant has a DJ console, and bar on one side, with high seating around wooden log table tops, offering a casual dine-in option. The café style seating on the other end offers the not so formal, and not terribly casual kind of dining experience with a roof over your heads for those rainy or sunny days. No wonder this place successfully holds DJ nights and Ladies nights on one side, and exotic food promotions like the recently launched Thai food festival on the other.
The beautiful city of Hyderabad offers itself as backdrop for this open-air space, which lights up during the evenings, and how!
Birla temple, the long winding necklace road flanking the still waters of Hussainsagar and the twin city beyond, the icons of the older city, hazy yet spectacular on the outer – its Hyderabad on a platter – with the food ofcourse from the oriental and Thai fare served on your tastefully moulded tables. Sous Chef Santosh Kingring and Master Chef Ganesh are behind the delightful menu that includes Chinese (the Indian version of it mostly), Thai, Indonesian to some extent and global favourites from across the world tweaked a little to suit the Hyderabadi taste buds.
The elaborate menu that Terrace offers brings together the soy, garlic and chilli flavours, the spice of the bird eye chillies, and distinctness of the galangal, lemon grass, kafir lime, basil and coconut milk – creating unique yet familiar taste profile. And, the chef by adding his bit of magic, creates a food experience that stands out, especially when paired with the cocktails and mocktails.
If a restaurant gets its simple SomTam right, then it is meant to go right all the way. The raw papaya salad on the menu tossed with roasted and crushed peanut has all the flavours in place – sweet, tangy leaving a dash of spice at the tip of the tongue, which is exactly how dinner began at Terrace. We went on to taste the Greek Salad, Veg Kothe with its Indian Chinese confluence, the quintessential must have Thai starter Chicken Satay,, with a Indonesian touch, and Pla Rad Prik – the fried fish in sweet – sour chilli paste using Indian variety, the crispy lotus stem and finally Tom Yam Grub, the extremely tasty dessert made using water chestnut and coconut milk served like a shot on bed of ice that will surely leave you wanting for more. Along the Pan Asia, there are also the Tex Mex delicacy Quesadillas, Indian Achari Murgh and Chicken Pepperoni Pizza with mashed potato topping.
The restaurant menu as mentioned earlier is extensive – there is also Indian, however when at Terrace do try the Thai menu, which isn’t widely available in the city. And while at it do not miss the Green Thai Curry with Jasmine rice.
- Terrace at Mercure Hyderabad KCP
- Ambience: Alfresco with a view of the city and an advantage of the height.
- Must Try Dishes (Thai) – Som Tam, Chicken Satay, Pla Rad Prik, Thai Green Curry with Jasmine Rice, Tom Yam Grub
- Average Cost for Two: Rs 2500 Plus Taxes
- Timings: 6pm to 11pm