Grand Mercure – Bangalore was the chosen place for a quick family get away and celebrate K’s birthday also.

A bit of problem with Uber and Ola on strike, we reached late and had to do with room service.

The studio suite was excellent, with a cake and fruit basket waiting.

During the 5 days we tried out the coffee shop -12th Main – for breakfast on a couple of days; tea once and dinner buffet the last day.

Breakfast:The range is quite the same as other – juice, fruits, cheese, bread, South Indian, sausages, potatoes, some Asian offerings with of course the mandatory – Eggs to order, Dosas, Puri Bhaji or Paratha.

The idli and and vada were quite nice, whilst the dosa and uttapam were excellent however the white coconut chutney was quite a let down, the sambhar tasted perfectly good a far cry from the adulterated one that we are used too. But was not piping hot.

The Puri bhaji freshly made was lovely and hit the spot, whilst the eggs – Bhurjee and omelette were ok. Missed the south Indian Upma and sheera that I normally try only when visiting the south.

Washing all this down with fresh juices – nice but needed to be chilled and no, ice doesn’t work. Filter coffee was barely there, I’ve had better in Bombay.

Overall a decent breakfast spread but nothing really that I would come back for.

The service needs to be tightened quite a bit.

Evening Tea & Room Service: This was quite pleasant and the pizza as well as veg burger quite satisfying.

Dinner Buffet: We reached at around 9 pm and the choice was quite sad particularly for vegetarians. N being allergic to palak and mushrooms had no choice except Dal. Upon calling them and asking for an alternate, they did make Kofta but as they said – chargeable basis – which was fine, but in a 5* in my last 30 years it has been the first time ever that this happened. The dessert selection though wide was sad and much better could be expected.

There was also a fine dine restaurant – By the Blue which we tried one night.

By the Blue – A lovely poolside restaurant amongst the chaos that is outside. In the evening with lights twinkling, lovely breeze floating.

 Reaching at 8, waiting for the ladies to join, I ordered a Margarita – frozen, which came in double quick time. With the ladies having joined ordered mocktail and their chaat platter which was excellent and just the stuff needed to kill the immense hunger edge for the time ahead.
We started with Dahi ke kebab and the chef special which included removing the palak which was the ingredient, but N being allergic.
The quantity is quite good and since I was the only non vegetarian decided to avoid, given the portions so decided to go for Bhindi kurkure with assortment of kulcha, paratha and raita. And also a stuffed aloo kulcha. Both N & K complained that there was more capsicum then bhindi but tasted nice.
We wound this up with rose petal kulfi which hit the spot.
A lovely place to spend some quiet time with excellent service.
The rest of the days we prefered to try out other places.
The hotel whilst nice, seems to have mostly long staying guests which may be one of the reason for cafe not being upto the Mercure standards. The rooms and service was excellent and would definitely be recommended.
Ambiance: 4/5
Food: 3/5 ( Given that 5 meals were taken)
Overall: 3.5
Disclaimer: The prices paid were keeping in mind being an Accor member and the discount offered. If it were full price for the food, would not have prefered it at all.
Written by AD
ex waiter, angadia, travel agent, dotcomer, dukaandaar, marketeer, people watcher. appreciates single malt, food, friends