Equinox is the lounge bar at Double Tree Suites by Hilton. Being near my workplace, I am a reasonably frequent visitor to the property. Equinox is nice to sit and unwind in. It’s got a classy yet dim interior, keeping the place casual yet cozy. This is a popular property for long duration stays, given the comfort of a hall, kitchenette, balcony etc. in the various categories of the rooms. Usually in-house guests frequent this lounge on any given day. Double Tree also have a multi cuisine restaurant called Asia Alive, that serves lunch and dinner buffets as well as a-la carte.
So, Equinox has an ongoing Straight from the Streets festival, which showcases pan Asian street food and inspired cocktails. We were invited to attend a bloggers’ table at Equinox by Prapti, and last week all of us promptly reached – eager to try the spread. The staggering series of appetizers is impressive, and honestly I could just eat that for an entire meal. We started with Satay Ayam – the classic chicken skewers served in shot glasses. I like my peanut sauce rich and thick, but this was more like a spicy relish. The traditional Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls were simple and on point. The Malaysian Prawns with sambal sauce was spicy and delicious. We had to get second helpings!
There were baos with Spicy Tofu, Minced Lamb, Yakitori Chicken and a few more variants. Simple and delicious to eat. The vegetarian and non-vegetarian momos came in these large baskets, were nice. The dough was slightly over steamed, so it had gotten a tad bit sticky, but tasted good. We also got two assortment platters – with simple bites in veg and non- veg. The prawns, cigar rolls, corn fritters and curry puffs worked very well! And we finally closed appetizers with Asian chicken wings and Malaysian chicken in Sambal sauce.
Moving on to the mains, we were served a selection of Super Bowls – a combination of a main and staple – enough for two. These are priced especially well, and are quite wholesome. And there are options of steamed rice, flat noodles, egg noodles, sticky rice etc. Some of the Asian inspired cocktails were interesting concoctions. The Singapore Sling was a mean one! Coconut Ginger Twist – very refreshing, while the Frozen Mango Margarita was like a giant mango ice! This festival is on until 30th April, and is really worth checking out. Head there and enjoy some delicious Asian fare, and beat the heat with the cocktails!