L'attitude 49, Mahabalipuram

A special day needed a special celebration and we decided to do a weekend getaway. After going through lot of options, we finalised Grande Bay in Mahabalipuram, as it perfectly suited our budget and other criteria. Before moving on to the food, let me quickly review the resort.

The resort is located at the entrance of Mahabalipuram from ECR-Pondy stretch. Grand and classic looking reception, followed by lush green lawns and then a big swimming pool with rooms aligned on either side of the pool. I stayed in a Deluxe room under tripe occupancy, which is duplex type. Interiors were as modern as they can be with tv in both lower and upper decks, a small cute little private garden.

Mrs.Christina from reservation team, offered me irresistible deals. More than the deals, I loved the swift reply from them unlike few other places which failed even to mail me the details inspite of asking them twice. Duplex room with complimentary dinner and breakfast, along with 20% off on spa and food orders is what I got for 11,500 bucks inclusive of everything. Single phone call and couple of mails is all I did to confirm my booking. We were surprised by a small, yummy chocolate truffle too :)

Coming to the food, their restaurant L'attitude 49, is in the reception area, with the part of the dining space overlooking the beautiful garden. Ambience was so fresh, pleasant, lively and romantic :) Both the breakfast and dinner buffet had a fantastic spread of dishes.

The dinner buffet had a soup, 2 non-veg starters, 3-4 veg starters, 3 non-veg curries, 4 veg curries, indian bread, pulao, rasam, curd rice, pickle with 4 desserts. The malai chicken tikka and the nethili fry was absolutely delicious. Fish was so fresh and the batter was as crisp as it can get and less oily too. Veg starters were equally good and I loved the corn n mushroom fritters and the chilli gobi. Sample all the three non-veg curries. Malaysian chicken and the mutton gravy were very good. Fell in love with the maanga meen kuzhambu. After tasting it, I didn't bother to look at anyother dish from the spread. I asked for some white rice and devoured the curry with rice. Desserts in the spread were very limited but everything tasted divine. Strawberry sandesh, shahi tukda, kiwi mousse and the carrot cashew kheer along with fresh fruit salad were all perfect in their own aspect.

Next day, before our boat ride on the sea, we had a sumptuous breakfast. I mean literally sumptuous. Starting from boiled eggs, spiced chicken sausages, breakfast frittata, baked beans, boiled veggies, idli, vadai, 3 types of chutney, sambhar, meen kuzhambu, 5-6 varieties of bread (with a toaster) , 6 varieties of marmalade, cinnamon roll, croissants, muffins, cereals, corn flakes, 2 types of fresh juices, eggs/plain & masala dosai/poori to order along with tea/coffee/milk/hot chocolate/boost/horlicks. Phewww.

I had soft spongy idlis and plain crispy dosai with meen kuzhambu. Omlettes were fluffy and good. A special mention to the marmalade which were exotic in combination and the taste was simply awesome. Particularly papaya+chikoo+ginger and figs+grapes were so tasty.

We also had some tea and onion pakodas along with complimentary peanut cookies via their room service. Even that was very good. No room for complaints :)

Overall, a very good experience both stay wise and food wise. Loved the hospitality of the staff and the quick, efficient service by them.

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only. L'attitude 49 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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