As soon-to-be parents, my wife and I are beginning to hunt for kid-friendly activities in Chennai. Friends with children tell us that we will shortly be bidding adieu to our treasured late club nights, never-ending dinners, and spontaneous trips in favor of diaper bags, Disney cartoons, and hurried handfuls of Cheerios.
Thus, I was intrigued when we stumbled across an invite to Paprika Café’s Superhero Brunch at The Courtyard by Marriot, Chennai. With empty stomachs and high expectations we headed over. We left satisfied on both counts.
The Superhero Brunch, a brainchild of F+B Manager Harkaran and Executive Chef Sanjeev, is a thematic endeavor, bringing a cartoonesque spin to the food, drinks, and entertainment. They got it right, with an arrangement that is sure to satisfy both actual children and the child inside all of us. Actual children are greeted with plenty to do – from interacting with their favorite superheroes (our waiter was Superman!), playing in a bouncy playpen or on a PS4, getting temporary tattoos, and a host of other kid-friendly activities.
As a man-child (my wife’s words), I was greeted with an arrangement of 6 welcome shots, all crafted with superheroes in mind. As I was drinking for two, I quickly downed them all while the live band played Western tunes. Then we headed over to the buffet to eat. After all, what is brunch without great food?
Creating a menu for upscale brunches can be a challenge for many hotel restaurants. They must blend interesting items that stand out to foodies with staple foods that ensure hotel guests leave well fed. This is particularly important for Paprika as the brunch caters to both hotels guests and outside diners, both Indian and expat. Paprika gets this right with a strong mix of brunch staples, regional favorites, and special menu items.
Closer to the tables there are food carts with selections that vary week over week. On our visit, the first stop was the salad bar. The salads were great, with my favorite being the insalata ala caprese. Next we headed over to the chaat counter, pasta bar, taco bar, and sushi counter. With full plates of food originating in at least 5 countries we dived into round one.
With round one done and dusted we headed over to the main buffet. The buffet features a range of traditional Indian foods (both veg and non veg, North and South), a small kebab station, and weekly specials.
Everything was great, with standout dishes including the chicken pizza made in their wood fired oven, the fried fish, and the squid.
It was great to see so many components of the buffet made fresh on demand. Incorporating so many made to order items completely avoided the all too common buffet pitfall of lukewarm, standing food. Not here. Everything we ate was fresh, the temperature it should be, and delicious.
Having had no less than 3 plates of food each it was time for dessert. Here is where the superhero theme kicks into overdrive. A range of cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets were all adorned with superhero themes. Kids are sure to love this.
With full stomachs and lots of enjoyment it was time to head back home for the second component of a great Sunday brunch, the afternoon nap
Sunday Brunch at the Courtyard Marriott
Brunch is served every Sunday in the Paprika restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. The Superhero brunch theme is expected to run through the end of February. The buffet is priced at Rs. 2,700 with unlimited alcohol and Rs. 1,700 with soft drinks. Note these rates include taxes, so this is pretty competitive priced.
COURTYARD MARRIOTT CHENNAI
564, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018