Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cheers to #Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest (German pronunciation: [ɔkˈtoːbɐˌfɛst]) is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in MunichBavariaGermany, it is a 16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. 

The festival has been picked up by every other country, including India to celebrate beer. Hence, we have  Oktoberfest during the same period where there are great deals on beer, different kinds of beer and beer cocktails available. I had the pleasure of attending the Oktoberfest at Long N Short, Intercontinental, Marine Drive; where I had earlier been for the Hawaiian Food Festival.

The menu was short and select with a range of appetisers, beers and beer cocktails. If you're a hardcore non-vegetarian, there was a lot of option in pork. But I do not eat pork, beef or sea-food. So was restricted to veg, egg or chicken. We started off with two beer cocktails - Black Velvet (Dark beer and sprakling wine) and Beernees (Beer, Gin, Lemon and Honey Syrup). The first was a strong smooth drink and the latter made a great sweet cocktail, something that beer usually isn't. Beernees happens to be one of their bestsellers.

That's us enjoying ourselves after a hectic day at work! That's how you take care of the end-of-day syndrome, if you ask me.

For appetizers we went with Chef Vinay's recommendations - 

Tart Flamande with veggies and cream cheese were bite sized delights, perfect company to the beer cocktails. 

Next up were the German sausages puff! Crispy and buttery. Also servings of the Kartoffelpuffer - German potato pancakes with spiced mayonnaise dip and Zucchini Frikadellen - Zucchini pan fried cake. Trust me, it's just the names that sound complicated. Both the pan cakes were pure delight! For me personally they were the best of whatever I had. Sorry I couldnt take a better picture, I was in a hurry to try them! He He..

It was time for another round of beers and we wanted to see the range they had, which I must say, is quite extensive! There was something from every continent. We tried Japanese beer for the first time - It's called Asahi. Strong, but good beer.

We ended the evening with The Green Burger - Spinach Brioche Bun, Creamed Corn, Scallion and Fried Onion Rings. Trust me, this should not be called as an appetiser. The size and quantity was massive. We were served fries instead of onion rings, and I was happy with that, coz I was craving some fries. Fries and Beer is my fav combination.

They even had some nice music playing in the background, which was missing the last time I was there. And they have started serving sheeshah in the verandah! I definitely want to go again for the sheeshah once the climate is a little bearable. Overall, it was a nice evening. The staff is extremely courteous always and the hotel is at such a perfect place, right by the sea! Though the Oktoberfest is over, today being the last day, do follow @LnSMumbai on twitter and instagram to stay tuned about their upcoming events and festivals, they keep having plenty.


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