Flirt with Fleur

I did tell you that we have a new 5-star hotel in the neighbourhood, didn’t I? A lot of you guessed that it was The Fern – the signage being rather prominent when seen from the Western Express Highway.

The Fern Goregaon
The Fern Goregaon

Where is it exactly?

Located just off IB Patel Road (left after the HP Petrol Pump at the end of the service road towards the Aarey signal), The Fern Goregaon is a promising new addition to the area. More than a hotel, it’s an ecotel – a hotel built, run and operated as per eco-sensitive principles. This translates into energy-saving methods and environmentally conscious operations and activities.

What with the Bombay Exhibition Centre, NESCO and Nirlon Knowledge Park attracting hoards of professionals to the area, The Fern property here has already become a hub for their accommodation. “We’re completely booked over this weekend,” mentions a hotel staffer.

How is the hotel?

As soon as one walks into the lobby the flood of natural light in the space gives one the idea of the maximum use of available light. An ample, warm and welcoming space, the reception area gives a classy first impression to this business hotel.

The lobby
The lobby

89 guest rooms, three banquet halls, a rooftop swimming pool and a gym comprise the key elements of this property. The rooms are of two categories – Winter Green and the Fern Club. Spacious, slick in design and very comfortable, the Winter Green room offers all the modern 5-star amenities to its guests.

What about the food here?

Now about the food. The all-day dining space at The Fern Goregaon is called Fleur, which is French for “flower”.  First things first, no alcohol is served at this hotel – not even du vin (wine). Yes, that does demonetise the brownie points a bit. So, if you did think of a power lunch or a dinner meeting, don’t be that disheartened. I’d suggest you head here with your team for a Friday early evening snack and try the Karam Kuram menu. Available in the evening hours, the chai, sandwiches, pakoras, etc. can spark off a good weekend and interesting marketing plans.Other than this all-day menu here offers selected dishes from Indian, Asian and Continental cuisines. With about 12-odd tables laid out, it’s a spacious restaurant and one shouldn’t expect too much of a wait until one is seated.

Chicken Wings (representative image)
Chicken Wings (representative image)

If you’re planning on a dinner out this weekend, do try the JD’s Chicken Wings. Generously portioned out, the wings are crispy and tender and the chef manages to proportion the sweet sauce just right. The Indian fare also seems quite good – the butter naan was really soft and tasty. Most of the naans I’ve been having off late have been chewy so this one at The Fern sure deserves a mention.

As for continental cuisine, I’d say the roast chicken breast is a good option – tender, juicy and doled out with green vegetables and mashed potatoes.

The breakfast buffet here is also worth a mention – crispy dosas, medu vadas and waffles can do wonders to the morning blues.

I do wish there were more dessert options available at Fleur. With just about 5-6 options of the usual kulfi, halwa, crème brulee and ice-creams to choose from, this part of the listing seemed a bit sparse.

Should you head there or not?

So, in my opinion, keeping all Fern and Fleur in mind, the hotel is certainly a good one to have around. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give a 3.5-star rating to the food. A meal for two would set you back by a new 2,000-Rupee note, if you opt for starters, mains and desserts.

Go ahead, flirt with Fleur this weekend and let me know what you think! More reviews on the FB group page are always welcome!

While a night’s stay (including complimentary breakfast) was by kind invitation by the hotel, GHP paid for its own dinner for two at Fleur.

Details: The Fern Goregaon, 4/277, I.B. Patel Road, Behind H.P Petrol Pump, Village Pahadi, Goregaon East. 


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