We cannot help it–we love the press that 51 and Spice Harbour have generated together, including in Architectural Digest and Conde Nast Traveler‘s 40th Anniversary Edition of India’s Most Stunning Boutique Hotels Handbook among other prestigious media outlets. Not in some vanity-driven ugly manner, but as a matter of fact we love that the Indulge team at Indian Express, and specifically Rosanna Abrachan has captured in elegant prose exactly what we would want anyone to know about 51. Thanks, Rosanna! And Ratheesh, superb photography! Some text to sample:
While the menu is not expansive, it is rich and colourful as we first saw in the Xandari salad. With its origins at a property managed by RAXA Collective in Costa Rica, the starter is perfect for evangelists of eating healthy. Mixed lettuces, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, radish, avocado, roasted cashew, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese and a yogurt-tahini dressing – the salad has everything going for it. The avgolemono (egg-lemon) soup, a staple in Greece during winters, will surprise you for it is served cold. We got our quota of seafood in a beautifully done fillet of Mahi Mahi that comes with mashed green peas filled with watermelon reduction – a piece of art in itself. The signature spice mix rubbed on the pan-seared chicken is one to be enjoyed; it starts with a mildly spicy flavour and ends on a tangy note, complemented by saffron couscous. And the kitchen’s take on the classic Greek phyllo, wrapped around papaya conserve and served hot with ice cream, leaves no doubt about 51’s knack at letting a number do the talking.
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