In the lap of lush Sahyadri, Express Inn is that one resort you must stay at if you are seeking vivid offerings. From splendid Pandavleni cave views to the neon-lit Le Bar & Salon, Express Inn is dwelling with luxuries that represent Nasik at its best. During our weekend stay at Nasik’s Express Inn, we had the pleasure to immerse in Preferred Group’s luxe benefaction. While we were checking in, we noticed a life-size Sula wine bottle on the first floor. Which, is when we decided that we will swing by this inviting intoxication in the evening.
Not knowing that beyond that giant Sula Wine bottle rested an exemplary world of cocktails and continental cuisine. At first glimpse, Le Bar & Salon appears to be a quiet lounge with neon-lit ceilings and accented white couch chairs emancipating a prolonged sophistication. Reviving the spirit of India’s Wine Capital Nasik, Le Bar & Salon has decorated one entire wall with a collection of esteemed wine bottles. Something we have noticed more in Europe and less in India.
That said adorned with posh interiors, glazed in blue neon lights, Le Bar & Salon welcomes you to a world of sports lounging in style. While the ambiance is a bright blend of the local-ites and the in-house guests, sports patriotism is the ultimate connecting factor. For, as long as, we remember, most eyeballs in the room were glued to the wall mounted LCD-TV relaying IPL. So, we think it’s safe to say that Cricket indeed is a religion in India.
But, before we could choose our favorite teams to cheer, we decided to order in a cranberry Long Island Ice Tea along with, a signature Plum Wine by Rhythm winery. (that followed by coffee fire shots) Now, what better way to kick off a sports night in the wine capital of India, right? Earlier this evening, we danced our dance until the last tune was dropped by the DJ hosting the Sunday sundowner. That must have built up a ‘huge’ appetite leaving us to ‘precariously’ crave for a succulent sizzler. It didn’t take us too long to scroll down the menu to spot the Mutton Shashlik sizzler, our gourmet retreat for a sports night.
Served on a bed of exotic veggies, slathered with french fries, fried rice, and tender Shashlik, the Iranian flavors of our sizzler were evident from the first bite until the last. We loved the fact that the succulent mutton cubes were wrapped around the skewer sticks, dipped in a special Shashlik sauce. In fact, we were so absorbed by our leisurely dinner that it barely occurred to us that we had spent over three hours in the lounge. By all means, the credit goes to the kitchen staff and the mixologists for making this night special for us.