Not heaps of cheese or oodles of cream, fresh fruits and boiled, steamed and grilled delights await you at Swissotel Kolkata Neotia Vista. But before you turn up your nose, read on.
The Swissotel Vitality Programme that kickstarted in March introduces in Phase Two, fresh, healthy sugar-free dishes at Cafe Swiss and on the room service menu. The programme has also introduced 45-minute sessions of aqua exercises on appointment. In addition to the Swiss ball, thera bands (elastic bands used for physical therapy) and yoga mat in the rooms, there will also be gymsticks that can be used for a full-body workout.
The Vitality menu is based on the diets of athletes and tries to stick to a ratio of 20 per cent protein, 55 per cent carbohydrate and 25 per cent fat. The menu will offer the breakdown of its compositions along with the calories and price.
But don’t we all come to star hotels to indulge? Who wants diet food when you can get cheesecake? Many would, apparently.
“Most of our customers are global travellers who live out of suitcases. So at the end of the day, they actually prefer simple meals instead of rich, oil-laden food. We’d find them tucking into the salads and soups at the buffet,” says Debolina Mukherjee, manager, Purovel Sport, the hotel’s spa and fitness centre.
Now they needn’t restrict themselves to soups and starters. Apart from salads — there’s mixed lettuce, crispy vegetable with a dressing of your choice (135 calories only!), boiled beef Summer Salad with vinaigrette (321 calories), and a yummy spread of Mediterranean dips like hummus, moutabal, tzatziki, olives and Arabic bread (248 calories).
Dig into a simple but hearty dish of Tomato Gnocchi with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil cream (501 calories). If there was ever a thing as diet food for the Gods, it would have to be a juicy dish of Grilled Tenderloin with julienne vegetables and a sweet tomato jus (423 calories).
For those who like their ghar ka khana, there’s a combination of yellow dal, tomato and onion-tossed vegetables, rice and low-fat yoghurt. Sugar-free chocolate mousse or fresh fruit platter can be dessert options too and before the weight watcher in you squeals, it’s only 300 calories!
Now, if only the prices matched the calories! A meal for two would cost about Rs 2,500 (plus taxes).