New party hub unveiled at Chennai, ‘The Gatsby lounge’ one of the new editions in Intercontinental resort at Mahabalipuram. This luxurious lounge spreads over 4000 square feet and it’s a 360 degree spacelet which aims to bring back the expatriating youth & culture of the roaring 20’s in America were people really discovered how to party with panache. In today’s day and time, private interaction is missing! When was the last time you had an intimate conversation with your friends and loved ones? And here at the Gatsby lounge they are trying to bring back such colloquy. The elegant lounge was primarily designed for the Intercontinental resort guests but now the lounge is open for everyone on the weekends as a party hangout.
Text: VINITHA VENKATESHA
Ambience- The royal finish of the Gatsby lounge will excite all with its charming decors which are made in-house right from the lampshade, LED candles, sparkling lights, chairs, bookshelves, lighted trees, and any wooden décors. The property is riven into two phrases- indoor setup, which has intimate corner seating in a smaller section with a dance floor and bar. The other part of the lounge is below the sky seating with 15-32 seating capacity where the sunset at 5p.m will make you feel close to nature and the ambience is much more soothing, romantic & divine compared to the indoor.
Gourmet At The Gatsby Lounge- Food is unlike any bar eats and has a variety of cuisines with homely comfort and a stylish twist. The Executive Chef of Intercontinental Resort, Chef Lawrence has an experience of 19 years. He says, “People want food to be simple, healthy and fresh, I would say we are back to the roots. Food has become an integral part of every celebration; they just want to go out and try new food with family and friends. We are adapting to bring street food taste here but without compromising on hygiene and authenticity. The Gatsby lounge has modern and fusion finger food with some modification.” We loved tasting some of these dishes and would suggest that you to try the yummy Nachos, crunchy Potato Sathe with Peanut Chutney, crispy Malabar potato, aromatic Mac & Cheese, homemade Pasta and Spicy Fiery Chicken tossed with a lot of Chilies presented with nest.
Bartenders- The entire bartender experience will be one of a kind because people get a chance to interact with the bartenders; who are very friendly and have their forte when it comes to drinks. The bartenders customize drinks for the customer and puts the innovation into action when it comes to mocktail making. Gourmands also get to enjoy artisanal cocktails like Chocolate Negroni, English Garden Cocktail and sumptuous food like Baigan Bhartha on Garlic Focaccia, Chicken Chettinad Dumpling, Chili Paneer with Missi (gram flour) biscuits, Lamb dumpling with Farfalle Pasta and Kulcha Pizza. One of the customized drinks we loved is ‘Kashmiree’, an apple based mocktail that tasted sweet yet tangy, flavored with chaat masala, mint and caramelized apple, an absolutely refreshing beverage.
Must Try Drinks-
- Mandarin Mochatini Cocktail (Coffee, Gin, Basil & Rum).
- Chocolate Negroni, DoggyJito (Our take on Mojito with Beer).
- English Garden Cocktail (with Apple Gimlet).
- Beer Mojito- A refreshing take on traditional mojito.
- Curry Leaf Martini- This cocktail is an ode to the South India’s favourite herb Curry Leaf.
Dance & Music- Patrons also get to enjoy commercial and IndiVibe music, which will keep the party going on and entertained. Gatsby also has an indoor dance space, a wooden floor with Jazz music DJ for the late night weekends. The Director of Marketing, Intercontinental Resort Ms. Arohi Tambe says, “We would like to experiment more with music and entertainment. Gatsby is planning to get some exciting Pakshee band jamming from Chennai and Bengeluru, to host a private jamming session at Gatsby which is something new. We would also like to work with special DJ geeks, local talents in Chennai to promote certain music genres and we are also planning for Salsa and Bachata master classes at Gatsby.”
Is there anything special for the New Year at the Gatsby lounge?
Yes, during weekdays Gatsby offer flat 50% off on food and dining. Readers go and give it a try at ‘The Gatsby lounge’ and experience the salubrious sea breeze, architecture, soothing music and super good cocktails. The cozy Gatsby lounge is designed in an exclusive way for all age groups to hangout.
Where- InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort, 212, Nemelli Village, Mahabalipuram, Chennai. Meal for two: ` 1,800 without tax.