words: Ambica Gulati
Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and the sun is beckoning. The ambience is all about holidaying. Well, a holiday seems difficult, but a drive to Holiday Inn Aerocity, at Delhi’s airport, is possible. It’s been quite some time since I ate at Viva, the all-day dining restaurant. But even then the sun was shining bright, the butterflies flew, and Japanese cubicles beckoned. Yes, butterflies fly in the restaurant. The décor is very inviting with a lot of glass and light. Also, there are different kinds of seating, so you have a long table, a side table with the palms by your window, sofas for the intimate seating and round tables for the business lunch.
Viva has a live grill, a lavish buffet, some good cocktails and a dessert choice to die for. These were what I didn’t taste, so I have to go back for this.
But what I did have was the famous veg thali with its choice of five veggies, dal, raita, salad, pickle, papad and parathas. This is a meal fit for a king and a queen. It’s also the most popular dish there. And little wonder for the quality is really good and it’s perfect for those who believe in the power of veg.
Another interesting dish was the salmon steak. This was my first time with this steak and I feel a little soft would have worked for me. The nice thing about Viva and Holiday Inn is that it’s open to suggestions and feedback and takes it seriously.
The options for eating here are infinite, actually there’s a lot to choose from. I liked the prawns too in the starter platter. The Viva Deli offers a choice from croissants, macaroons and more.
Holiday Inn caters to a guest in transit but is increasingly becoming popular among those looking for a good place to lunch or dine with friends and family. Strange as it may seem, I feel it’s a nice place to go for a cosy time with someone special. Why? Not many would expect you to be there, so it could possibly become a private den.
About Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is located in close proximity to the domestic and international airports. With a metro station nearby, it’s convenient for the services business traveler. It has 265 contemporary rooms, three dining outlets, leisure facilities such as gymnasium, swimming pool, spa, salon, business centers and conferencing and banqueting facilities.