After the launch of Le Meridien Gurgaon, it was time for the launch of the Éclair Diary at Le Meridien, New Delhi. The following two things awaited in my room on the 11th floor : the fudge was exquisite. Considering I hadn’t had any cake in the last two months!

I’ve been on a bit of a fitness spree, so finding out that my room was on the 11th floor was great news. I used the staircase each time I had to go back up to my room and it was much fun. Fun because most of the hotel staff that saw me using the door to get to the stairs wanted to know why I would do such a thing! One even graciously attempted to accompany me! He made it to the 8th Floor, after which I told him it was no use torturing himself and he left.

Le Meridien Hotels are well known for their experimentation with Éclairs and this evening was for the launch of a new Eclair variety concocted by Johnny Luzzini. Le Meridien New Delhi unlocked Chef Johnny Iuzzini’s unique creation imbued with local flavours, fondly named Darjeeling Express. The uncommon flavours included the Darjeeling tea, ginger, jaggery and garnished with Mukhwas and elements of coconut.

And there it is! Even though I’m not on “added sugar”, things like the Darjeeling Express Éclair HAVE to be tried! The fresh ones were better for eating, the older ones better for photography.

Arnaud Champenois of Starwood explaining the tradition of food and unlocking destinations that the Le Meridien brand so strongly believes in. There was also coffee and latte art on display.

Guests volunteered to make some Éclairs too! Nice to make it yourself and then eat it too.

Above right, I’ll spot the letter “N” wherever there is one.

Le Meridien loves Éclairs so much that there’s a beautiful dedicated website! If you’re interested in the exact recipe of the Darjeeling Express Éclair, there’s a PDF up for grabs.

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