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Saturday, 27 May 2017

HONK at PULLMANN - Asian Fine Dining at its Best







The upscale 5-star hotel is located 

adjacent to both international and 

domestic Airport terminals and is well 

connected through the Airport Express 

Line which is 5 minutes away. 
  
The Pullman New Delhi Aerocity is 

near the Business Hubs of Gurgaon, 

New Delhi and Cybercity. It is also


very close to Delhi's Shopping Malls

 including DLF Promenade, Emporio

and Worldmark. A big Complex of 670 

Rooms, Pullman and Novotel Aerocity 

is a preferred destinaton for both 

business and leisure travellers.



The design element or the theme, surrounding the interiors of the hotel is inspired by a peacock dancing to the rains, celebrating joys of life. It also portrays a beautiful mix of fast moving corporate culture and slow and relaxed leisure culture. 

I recently visited the signature restaurant HONK Asian, which is located on the lower ground floor of the hotel. A long and beautiful staircase from the lobby level takes you down to this lavish restaurant. HONK is a melting pot of Asian cuisine incorporating Thai, Chinese, Japanese and others. The food at HONK is inspired by the street style preparations. 

The live kitchen churning out fresh and beautiful dishes especially the Sushi is phenomenal. The use of bright red and wood all over gives out a warm and positive feel to the whole ambience. The Bar at the very entrance deserves a special mention too, as its very nicely placed and kept.



FOOD

Som Tam Soup – Highly recommended. Full of flavors
Tom Yum Salad – Perfect to the core; Crunchy papaya, peanuts, sweet and tangy dressing, every ingredient adding to the taste.

 
Sashimi

Sashimi – WOW – Perfect cuts of the most exotic fishes; Chutoro, Salmon, Yellow Tail (Hamachi) served with Fish Roe
Sushi – Specialty of the house; Rainbow Rolls and the Cajun Tuna were amazing.
Dimsums – Pumpkin and Pine nuts were an amazing combination – Highly Recommended



 Mains

Veg – We tried the Stir Fried braised shitake and Bokchoi – Nice with crunchy veggies and flavorful. Bangkok street cart fried rice – This was very nice and one could just have it on its own.
Stir Fried Bokchoi and Shitake
 
Twice Cooked Lamb


Singapore Chilli Shrimps
 
Nanjing Style Duck
Rendang curry - Pork
 
Non VegNanjing style Duck and Twice cooked Lamb – Duck was phenomenal and was so well braised and cooked, the texture and flavor still lingers. Lamb was nice but a little dry for my palate. Rendang Curry (Pork) was one of the best curries I have had in recent times. Thorough flavours with a burst of freshness. (Highly Recommended)


Drinks

Though, I am off poison for some time now. But my friend tried 1 or 2 of their signature summer cocktails. I tried the Mocktails and found them to be one of the best concoctions; I have tasted in recent times. The Honk lemonade is a must try. 



Honk’s Sour – Very refreshing though its whisky based, was just amazing.
Asian Martini – Wasabi flavoured Gin concoction, very nicely made.

Desserts

Jasmine Crème Brule’ – Subtle and sinful at the same time. (Must try)
Chocolate caramel and Peanut Parfait – Chocolate Ball with a twist, the chocolate ganache filled in the ball was so luscious and yummy, I can still feel it in my mouth.

Jasmine Creme Brule
Chocolate Caramel and Peanut Parfait
HONK Asian, is a perfect example of a great restaurant backed a by a thoroughly professional and talented team of chefs and service staff. F&B team led by Mr. Ajay Anand and Chef Deepak Malhotra who have been an integral part of the Accor group, were specially flown in from USA with other people to open up these 2 hotels viz Pullmann and Novotel, Aerocity.
HONK is a must visit for everyone, who loves the Pan Asian fare. It’s one of the best in its class and the setting is fabulous.





HONK, Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, 
Asset 2, Hospitality District, Aerocity,
New Delhi





Coverage By : Vickrham (vicky)
Pics By : Vickrham (vicky)
Email : vickrham.m@gmail.com



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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

KAIRALI - The Ayurvedic Healing Village - IN GOD'S OWN COUNTRY



 ...there were no boundaries or borders.  It was as if my mind had once long ago made up a story about separate objects with boundaries but the story wasn't true.  The true story is that there is a luminous, spacious energy that flows through everything all the time.  It's within matter, within things as well as within space, and you can tune in to it at any time, just like changing the frequency on the radio.  There is no distance between this essence and ourselves.  It is not otherworldly.  it is right here, closer than our own flesh. 

 Vijali Hamilton


For Indians, Ayurveda has been a household name, and we all in some way or the other have experienced its medicinal values in our life very closely. We all remember those home remedies that our grand mothers boasted of, and most of them emerge from ancient Ayurveda. 

Though we are aware of the benefits of Ayurveda, yet it’s becoming a neglected aspect. In today’s time of ultra stress and running around, going back to these roots is sometimes imperative for mind, body and soul and a trip to Kairali- The Ayurvedic Healing Village in Pallakad, Kerala, comes as a respite in such times.


Beautiful Dining Rooms and Gym


Away from the hustle bustle of city life, it's a 60-acre vast resort spread in middle of nowhere. Surrounded by trees and lavish landscape, it was almost a wild like natural setting, perfect for a natural retreat.

We took an afternoon flight from Delhi to reach Coimbatore and after a 1 hour 45 minutes drive we reached the Kairali Resort


 
Let me clear one thing in the very beginning, though it's a resort, but it isn’t a typically luxurious vacation type resort that you imagine it to be, it’s an Ayurvedic treatment center and mostly people go their for specific ailments and treatments and even the duration of stay is suggested by the experts there. Though, it’s quite relaxing and moreover detoxifying.

A traditional welcome awaited us as we reached the resort, and after easy check-ins, we dispersed in our rooms for sometime, before we met again for dinner.

Traditional Welcome at Kairali

The accommodation definitely is 

an area, which can be improved 


upon, as the interiors look dated.


Though the scenic natural beauty 

and serenity fill you with 

brightness, the rooms are rather 

dull and gloomy inside. But, we 

were informed and even 

witnessed ourselves that they 

have started renovating the 

cottages already that too 

beautifully. 


Villa - Interiors

After resting for sometime, we headed out to the canteen for dinner, it’s called a canteen because the food is always freshly prepared and never stored or served stale. Most of the vegetables used in cooking are grown within the landscape of resort and hence are always fresh and organic.

 
Detoxifying Food at Kairali


Food available at the resort is in its simplest form, nothing fancy about it, yet the tastes are retained. Normally the diet is suggested by the Ayurvedic Doctor and sent to the kitchen, but there is liberty to explore and indulge in certain dishes. Even then the food is perfect to detoxify oneself and remain light.

 After a light meal, we all set in to our rooms to have a good nights sleep, as the journey had made us a little tired.


Yoga Session
 
Beautiful Morning at the Resort




Treatment Centre Entrance

Our morning began at 6AM with a 

refreshing yoga session by the poolside.

 It was a wonderful feeling and something 

that cannot be explained in words alone, 

one really needs to experience it.


After the yoga session, we went for our 

consultation with the Ayurvedic Doctor 

and understood what all treatments would 

be suitable for each one of us.


Waiting Area at Treatment Centre
Doctors Room
For day 1 it was only the 

Abhyangam Massage which

is like a preliminary 

massage, preparing for

 other levels of treatment.

 Also this is the only

massage that can be taken 

        by anyone and everyone. 


Same sex masseurs take you to

the massage rooms, which are

comfortable and spacious. 


The rhythmic movements of 

masseurs on my body led to 

ultimate relaxation. After the 

massage, they take you for a 

steam session, for which one is 

enclosed in a wooden box like 

structure with just the head 
 
sticking up, 5 minutes in steam 


and your body feels ultra fresh with all pores open, helping the skin to glow naturally.

After this its time for shower, with specially prepared Ayurvedic scrubs and shampoos, and trust me those make you feel even more refreshed and glowing.

Post this entire massaging session, we were at leisure and spent our time strolling in the gardens, exploring natural beauty and witnessing the growth of natural vegetation.

Massage Room

The 2nd Day, I was advised to have the Elakizhi , which is done using a potli which is filled with herbs etc. dipped in warm oil and patted all over the body. This is quite helpful in relieving pains.

The 3rd day, I wished to have the Shirodhara but as we were travelling back, I was not advised for the same. The doctor said we need to take rest for at least 6 to 8 hours after that massage as the effects are calming and relaxing. So, instead i went in for the Podikizhi, which is again a Potli massage, but instead of oil they use steam to warm up the potlis. This was also quite relaxing.

Plush Greens
 
Apart from these treatment massages, one can meditate in their evening session and believe me this is one thing you definitely must do, as the meditation room in itself as an experience of another level, its beyond words can explain, but all I can say is you feel as if you are transported in another world. Also one can take a dip in the pool and beat the heat.

Poolside

One evening, the resort made a special arrangement to showcase a Shadow Puppet program for all its guests. It was phenomenal, as it's an age old art which is being kept alive by this group who has travelled throughout the world for their shows. Each one of us, especially the other


Shadow Puppetry

 
Herbal Garden at Kairali



Jack Fruit Trees at Kairali - Mr. Soni and Moi holding the fallen fuits


Freshly Picked Mangoes at Kairali

Yet on the third day, we decided to explore Palakkad a bit and headed out to one hearty meal at Noorjehan Restaurant. The meal at this iconic place was just too good, as it was simple yet so authentic and flavorful.

Sunday, being a holiday mostly markets were closed. Though, we were lucky enough to buy some banana chips and other stuff from a well known shop, whose owner was kind enough to open his shop for all of us. 


Shopping at Palakkad

The next morning, we were 

invited to witness a cooking 

session with the Chef at 

Kairali Kitchen. It was an 

enlightening experience 

seriously, as the principles 

of Ayurveda, simple cooking 

techniques and minimal 

ingredients and spices were 

used to make delicious and healthy dishes.
 
Chef at Kairali - Simple Ingredients Awesome Food

On the way to Airport, we were given a Kairali factory tour at Pollachi, TN, which showcased how these Ayurvedic products, and medicines are made and it truly was an enriching experience. The process of refining herbs and other ingredients in the most perfect manner to make the best use of each one of them, is what we witnessed. 

Kairali Ayurvedic Products - Factory at Pollachi, TN

After spending 3 nights and 4 days at Kairali, all I can say is that this place is surely worth a visit, just to get away from the hustle bustle of daily life and experience some calmness and serenity in natural surroundings while you get treatments and massages done specific to your ailments.





You may connect with Kairali at :-
Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village
P.O. - Olassery, Kodumbu,
Palakkad Dist. - 678551, Kerala (INDIA)
(+91)-(4923)-222553, 222623, 224402, 224403
+91-9555156156, Ext-2
Fax: +1(815)-301-8798
info@kairali.com 
Corporate & Reservation Office
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort Pvt. Ltd.
D - 130, Block D, Ambedkar Colony, Mehrauli,
New Delhi - 110030.
+91-9555156156, Ext-2
Fax: +1(815)-301-8798
info@kairali.com



Coverage By : Vickrham (vicky)
Pics By : Vickrham (vicky)
Email : Vickrham.m@gmail.com