The Magnificent Taj Falaknuma turned 5 already and it seems like it was inaugurated just yesterday. And what a remarkable journey it has been so far. From being awarded as India’s Luxury award by Harper’s Bazaar to the most recent Best Palace Hotel in the world award by TripAdvisor, Taj Falaknuma has been showered with Laurels from across the globe. As the Fifth Anniversary celebrations continue, was happy to have been invited for an evening of timeless hospitality with a symphony of music and Launch of “The Grill” at the Coronation Hall.
The evening began with a magical Sufi performance set within the confines of the splendid Gol Bungalow where Razab Ali and his group – dressed graciously, entertained the guests with popular numbers such as “Mast Kalandar” and “Khwaja mere Khwaja” The experience of Sufi music over sunset is definitely one of the high impact experiences.
Up next was a specially curated Champagne walk of the Coronation Hall – a new addition to the palace housing a treasure trove of artefacts and intricate wooden frescos heaped from the Delhi Durbar in 1904. With a vernacular theme, the coronation hall was built by Mahbub Ali Pasha and is supposedly the only structure in the palace to have Mughal influences. The name draws reference to the Coronation of King Edward VII and Alexandra as the Emperor and Empress of India.
The hall is split into five sections each signifying a distinct architecture and cultural practice. Tree of life, Sandalwood carvings with Buddhist influences, an imitation of Parnasala – Lord Rama’s home when in exile and some traces of Mughal era constitutes the five section of the coronation hall which eventually faces out to “The Grill” that is adjoining the alfresco balconies.
Enthralled with the elegance and rich culture of the Coronation Hall – I made my way to the beautifully decorated table with embellished cutlery. Sampled the Grilled Asparagus Cappuccino topped with cold asparagus foam that was super delicious and moved onto the Cold Mezze Platter of Humus, Babaghanoush, Shankleesh, Taboulleh and Fattous Salad served with Pita. For the mains opted for Lamb Chop and Chicken breast duo served with truffle mash, wild mushroom and spinach with Provencale sauce. The entire menu at The Grill is simplistic yet extraordinary with just limited selections of gastronomical pleasures from Indian, Continental, Lebanese, and Mediterranean.
I’ve always been a fan of the French Provençale Sauce because of its simple ingredients of tomatoes and garlic. It perfectly complemented the duo of Lamb Chop and Chicken breast plus the truffle mash. Finished it off with the irresistible Belgium Chocolate Mousse and Wild berry Panna Cotta, but the star had to be the flambéed pancakes drenched in warm chocolate sauce. Loved it!
“It is our constant endeavor to deliver impeccable experiences to our guests along with a glimpse into imperial lifestyles encapsulating a slice of history, legend & romance that was once the sole preserve of visiting royalty” Says Girish Sehgal, General Manager – Taj Falaknuma Palace. True to his words the unabridged experience at The Grill was indeed a sublime setting – a setting perfect for royal rendezvous!