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Last Updated Saturday January 21 2017 03:32 AM IST

Experiencing the X-mas fever 5- star style

Gitanjali Diwakar
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Holiday Inn Christmas dessert at Holiday Inn. Photo: Holiday Inn

One often associates Christmas with generosity, love and peace. For the first-time ever, my brother and I chose to experience the true flavour of the season in a most unique fashion.

After a rather hectic day at work, we chose to drive across every nook and corner of Kochi to explore the unique cuisines that are termed apt for the sweet-tooth. We set out at 10 pm. The fuel tank had been refilled for a sum of Rs. 1000 and soon we sped off to our first desert halt.

Holiday Inn Christmas dessert at Holiday Inn. Photo: Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn, situated at Vennala, Ernakulam district, seemed to be doing their part in spreading some Christmas cheer. As we entered their 24 hour coffee shop, Deli, we noticed a rather festive touch to the interiors. A dozen plum cakes wrapped in a unique Christmas wrapping. The shelves adjacent to the counter showcased decorative pieces such as elaborately designed cakes and presents stacked to resemble an X-mas tree. There was an interesting snow covered house made of cookies (for display of course!).

Holiday Inn Display of dessert at Holiday Inn. Photo: Holiday Inn

Without further adieu, we had indulged ourselves. While I ordered a cheese cake, my brother decided to taste their jelly tart. As we made ourselves comfortable at the hotels lounge, we noticed how the lounge had doubled-up as a diner too. Soon, we began digging into our desserts. The cheese cake was tasty but as we had rightfully described it, was nothing less that cheese beaten with cake batter, and was not worth Rs. 230. The jelly tart, however, was baked well but again failed to meet the mark of the dessert served at five star hotel. Thirsty for more, we set out to our next destination.

Le Meridien Le Meridien at Kochi . Photo: facebook.com/lemeridian

Le Meridien, located at Kundanoor, Ernakulam District, interestingly decided to do away with the concept of a cafe' and instead offered its customers a 24 X 7 Coffee Shop. Mind you when I say, they did live up to the title. Yes, disappointed with the thought of not being able to fulfill our mission, we had settled for a large glass of cold coffee which one could say was hefty on the wallet. It was not until we drove a little further did we truly find the answers to our 'sugary' dreams.

Crowne Plaza Plum cake and Goodies Hamper at Crowne Plaza. Photo: facebook.com/CrownePlazaKochi

Crowne Plaza at Kundanoor, Ernakulam District was an interesting surprise. While the venue did seem quite at first (and why would not at 11:30pm!) we felt a sense of relief upon the site of the interesting array of desserts and the Christmas decorations around the 24 X 7 cafe'. The tiny plum cakes with Christmas wrappings, the customised Santa Claus that added a festive touch to the snacks counter and the Christmas baskets made us want to enjoy the night even more. This time we decided to dig into some chocolate and bread. The coffee shop's Le Monte Cristo is what I could term a sin for chocolate lovers. Covered with multiple layers of brown chocolate and a single layer of white chocolate, this dish is likely to just melt in your mouth giving you that extra high required to pull you through the night. My brother tasted the Croissant. Content with the presentation and the flavour, he said that the croissant still has a long way to go before one could say 'perfecto.' The cost, if one were to explain it in terms of value for money, did out do the previous two joints.

Crowne Plaza Croissants arranged at Crowne Plaza, Kochi. Photo: facebook.com/CrownePlazaKochi

All in all, it was a night well spent. Moreover, it was a night that I am bound to remember for a long time; not only for the dessert, but for the generous time that my brother agreed to spend with me despite the pressures of the rat race. Looks like it will be Merry Christmas after all. These places are open even during the day. So, why not grab your friends and family, and spread the seasons cheer?

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