Sometimes I sort pictures before I write a post. This is one such post. When I looked at the pictures I immediately realized this post is going to be more about ‘food and me’ rather than food at Makhan Restaurant at Mercure Dwarka! You will see in a moment why!
When I look at food I wonder why I only look at desserts? I can stretch it to bakery in general but that is about it! The food at the Makhan Restaurant has a variety of options, it is me who narrowed it down to sweets!
Now there were so many options for breakfast at Mercure Dwarka but what do I have pictures of? I have doughnuts! I ate one too, on a sharing basis once! What else do I have?
Of course I had to go ahead and click the entire bakery counter next as if that is the only thing I ate! I ate fruits, I took juice and I would have one Indian option like poha, dosa or puri bhaji. But do I have any pictures of anything else other than bakery? No,I don’t!
Thankfully I clicked the excellent Gujarati Thali that I ate for lunch on the day I arrived at Dwarka.
The Gurajati Thali had a lot of good stuff, like tamater sev ki sabji, thepla, rengna batata (aalo baingan) daal and more. It went down so well with masala chach (butter milk).
This was the shared lunch we ordered. I went with pasta which was mild and good. I tasted all the Indian choices too, daal, naan, paneer, I would recommend it all too.
For dinner I have only one picture of salad. Of course I clicked more desserts! The cabbage, peanuts and bell pepper salad was excellent! There used to be a big buffet for dinner with both Indian and continental options! However, only vegetarian food is served at Mercure Dwarka given the religious nature of the destination.
A post that begins with desserts ends with dessert. Guess what, I didn’t even eat that chocolate brownie but when it comes to clicking food my bias clearly shows! I have to do something about it!
To recap there is one restaurant at Mercure Dwarka, Makhan. They do have room service. Light snacks are available 24 hours through room service. Only vegetarian food is served at Mercure Dwarka as Dwarka is a religious city. You get a variety of veg food there, don’t go by my pictures! I only clicked desserts, I ate much more!
PS. I was invited on this trip to Dwarka by Mercure Dwarka as a Travel Blogger.
I have stayed in many Accor hotels both as a blogger and on my own and I quite like them. They offer a wide range from Ibis Budget to Sofitel, Fairmont, Raffles and more! They have something for everyone and in my opinion that something is good.
I was invited to Mercure Dwarka (Gujarat) as a blogger. It is a newly opened hotel. It was my first stay in a Mercure.
I had a large, clean and comfortable room at my disposal. My room had a queen size bed and plenty of pillows. For decorating the walls, they use paintings by the local artists. I could see the sunrise from my room. I stayed in room number 202.
There were tea and coffee sachets in the room along with the kettle. I would give the restaurant my water bottle and ask for filtered water which they always gave me happily. I drink so much tea that 1 liter regular water is very little for me.
The bathroom was nice. They use fairly traded products which is a great initiative. The shower always behaved well, with great pressure and just the right amount of hot water I liked. I was comfortable in my room.
The buffet breakfast is served at Makhan (means butter in Hindi) Restaurant. It is the only restaurant within the hotel. They serve good food. Given that Dwarka is a religious city, they serve only vegetarian food.
The buffet has a combination of international and Indian foods. I largely ate Indian but succumbed to donuts once! I liked the masala tea they served.
When you travel in a group you end up spending some time in the lobby waiting for your group members. Mercure Dwarka has a cozy lobby with a view of open fields all around if you care to push aside the curtains. On some days I could see shepherds moving around with their herd.
The front porch and the parking area makes for a pleasant evening walk. By the evening the weather at Dwarka becomes balmy due to the sea breeze. It is fun to go for a walk after dinner.
I hardly ever write about the security features of any hotel. Mercure Dwarka follows the standard procedure of inspecting the car at the entrance. They scan the luggage and ask the guests to walk through the metal detector like any other large hotel in India.
Our local taxi drivers made the routine process interesting. They would complain loudly every time the security would ask them to stop the car and open both the bonnet and the boot. They told me no other hotel in Dwarka did this, and anyway what did they expect to find in the car?
I pointed out to them that they scanned all our luggage too and we too walked through metal detection. I added it is standard over the country at least for the bigger hotels. They were partially pacified when they saw our bags also getting scanned after every trip.
Mercure Dwarka is a modern hotel in an ancient city. It makes for a comfortable stay. The food is good. You need to remember that it is a little outside the city. But as there is hardly any traffic in the city you can be in the center in less than 15 minutes by car.
PS. I was invited by Mercure Dwarka on a FAM Trip as a travel blogger!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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