Mountain bar and bistro (Hilton shillim, shilimb, near Lonavala, Maharashtra)

In a nutshell:

A partially covered, rest open , restaurant with stunning views of the Sahyadri range of mountains, warm service and excellent food.

Address & other details: mountain bar and bistro

Meal for 2: ₹1500 onwards

Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian

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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster

Short description- in case u r in a hurry

i do not remember hearing about this restaurant from our last trip. We only had food at terrazo and green table last time. This time when we checked in, we heard about mountain bar and also ‘chef’s table’

Chef’s table still remains a mystery to us – someone said ‘it is under renovation’, someone else said ‘it is just a table in terrazzo where chef serves the usual food tailor made to ur taste’ and the booklet in the hotel did of course mention chef’s table , so did the guy at the reception etc etc

It was like u hear speculations about size of yeti when u r in villages in the Himalayas and everyone’s description varies and contradicts!!!

We just got to hear that mountain bar has a nice view. So we decided to go there on the day we were checking out.

Great decision – we said to ourselves when we reached the place.

Beautiful view, sunny day, lovely breeze, wonderful food and great setting

The menu card was a one pager.

The guy serving us was very warm and nice. Was very good to chat with him.

Super loved the food that was being prepared after orders are placed – hence it was taking time but was outstanding.

Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

We looked at the menu and Seafood trio pizza caught our attention. We had got chatty with our server and he said something which was interesting – ‘this pizza is very plain, not spicy, it smells of seafood, foreigners love it, Indians usually do not.’ That sounded like a perfect seafood pizza to me and we ordered it.

The pizza turned out to b a rockstar, second best to my favourite seafood pizza at trattoria, taj president, Cuffe Parade, mumbai.

The pizza had a super thin base that was crisp and the surface feel like an atta roti. Loved it. Seafood listed on the menu card was not exactly what was on the pizza. Chef had put some wonderful salmon instead of tuna that was mentioned in the menu card.

There was a good concentration of seafood on the pizza. Flavours of seafood were oozing out. No distractions. No unnecessary hotness / spicing up. After a few bites I understood what the guy was trying to say.

The pizza was super juicy till the last bite. Taste was outstanding. Seasoning was perfect. Seafood pieces were optimally cooked and they were juicy too.

Rate it 4.75/5

Seafood pasta with shilimb chillies was made with home made multi grain pasta. I asked what is shillim chilly – did not get a confident answer back.

I guess it is chilly grown in the area.

The pasta being made from multigrain was a bit brittle but it cud not get better. They were soft and had a lovely texture. Once again seafood was in abundance and flavours of seafood were bursting out. The chillies made the dish hot, yet very enjoyable.

Though both were seafood dishes, the final flavours came out different.

Loved it and rate it 4.5/5

Fresh orange juice was as fresh and nice it could get, with some amount of pulp retained in the juice.

Chocolate fudge was not made at the mountain cafe but at the main bakery of the property.

The fudge in itself was very good but cud hv been better if there was a tinge if salt. The topping gave a twist to the dish but not as much to be outstanding.

Rate it 4/5

Overall rating of food at mountain cafe averages out to 4.4/5

Look forward to revisiting in our next trip and trying other dishes here

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