Dining as an experience is something we’ve lost these days, the hustle and bustle of the city life engulfing what used to be laid back, eagerly awaited and engaging. This experience would come as a package instead of just a 1-dimensional approach towards good food. With a one of a kind theme, Courtyard by Marriott is taking such initiatives for guests and diners to ensure that the earlier vibe of a relaxed and soul filling meal is brought back.
Every Wednesday, Paprika turns into ‘Chef’s Playlist’, a themed buffet – the perfect mid week break that everyone needs. You walk into this dim lit place with Live Music. The spacious arrangement of seats and the fancy fine dining feel creeps in. The addition to their regular buffet includes stalls from different cuisines around the world, a different set of World Street Food every week. A curation of the Chef’s special dishes and interests along with the Live Music is the perfect blend of food and music that results in Chef’s Playlist.
After a heavy day at work, the Wednesday we walked into this experience, the World Street Food on display were 4 for that day – American, Mexican, Chinese and Punjabi. There also was a stall with mocktails that were made with Tender Coconut, the elixir for the city’s summer! Refreshing and one of a kind, these were the best beverages to go with in between the buffet.
Starting with the American counter, it had the ever favourite Hot Dogs, Sliders, Burgers and Sandwiches. Varieties of bread, several cold cuts of meat and sauces and customised comfort food is right at your table! We tried the Classic Hot Dog and a Bacon and Ham Sandwich in Focaccia. Being customised, it was just as we liked it, tailor made for us with succulent meat, albeit processed.
Moving on to the Mexican counter, we tried all that they had on display. The assortment of fresh vegetables was delicious. Spicy gravies, Cheese and bits of meat and the Tacos and Fajitas were great.
From the Asian counter, we had the Soup and Dimsums. Wasn’t a fan of their Dimsums – it was doughy and the filling inside was too sparse. The Soup was wholesome and flavour packed.
Pind de Chole was the counter to die for. Simple, rustic and good ol’ fashioned fluffy Bhature with spicy, chatpata channa, this was SO good! Salads, Pickles and Lemon wedges to accompany this and this as a meal was the best part of the evening.
Moving on from the delicious Street Food to the regular buffet, the introduction of Ceviches to their Salad range was interesting! With both vegetarian and non-vegetarian ceviches, there was something for all here, a buffet that truly represented a wide range of cuisines and dishes.
Other than this there were the Devil Egg Salad, Creamy Bacon Salad, Beetroot and Raw Mango Salad and Kidney Bean and Corn Salad. Variety was the best part throughout the buffet. For the mains, they had Pizzas, Pasta and Indian Breads with some delicious fish gravies!
Desserts were another part of the buffet that reflected the theme. Galore of desserts, named exquisitely with musically themed fondants. Peanut Butter Eclairs, Vanilla Eclairs, Milk Chocolate & Nutella Eclairs, Chocolate Vanilla Eclair, Chocolate Profiteroles, Chocolate Brownies, White Chocolate Brownies, Othello and a range of Indian Sweets like the Gulab Jamun and Laddoo. There also was a Blackcurrant Gateaux that was outstanding, just SO creamy and soft, one of the best pastries I’ve had in a while! The fondant on the desserts was very creative, artwork and designs all to express the Chef’s Playlist.
Tune into a unique playlist every week on Wednesdays, enjoying a hearty buffet accompanied with soulful live music.