Dessert Spread in the Colours of the National Flag to Commemorate Independence Day
Nothing is more blissful than eating good food. And, the joy doubles over especially when in Goa. Invited for the Grand Independence Brunch hosted by Goa Marriott Resort and Spa, we were indeed in supreme bliss!
The brunch was a showcase of regional India cuisines accompanied with live music and stellar sea view ensured that a lazy Saturday was well spent. Listening to soulful ghazals while savouring a sumptuous spread of delicacies, we created memories that will linger on for a very long time.
Live Station For The Grills
Once settled on our table overlooking the pool and the pristine waters we waited for the spectacle to kick off. Starters grilled at the live station were brought to our table. Prawn, fish and chicken satay served with a nutty red sauce had us bowled over. Marinated in a red sauce that was the chef’s secret recipe, the satays were perfectly spiced and we couldn’t help but ask for seconds. For veggie food lovers there are other options such as paneer, pineapple and babycorn.
Satays – Chicken, Baby Corn, Paneer, Pineapple, Organ Meat
Grilled Chicken, Prawn and Fish Satay Served with Peanut Sauce
Butter garlic preparations of prawns, squids and fish came next. Buttery and succulent, the prawns were well flavoured and literally melt in the mouth. Also on offer were organ meats (gurda, kaleji, brain) which generally do not make an appearance on the menu lists of buffets but are easily available as street food up north. We went for brain masala that was cooked on a hot girdle and served with Indian breads -rotis and kulchas. Delicious, soft and tender, seasoned mildly with haldi and dhania, the dish was a surprise treat.
A lavish salad counter beckoned us as we took a tour of the restaurant. The shrimp and glass noodle salad was outstanding with tiger prawns that were tangy and yummy. The chicken tikka salad was alright but the raw papaya salad grabbed our attention and was a big hit. The cheese platter and the cold cuts were hard to miss.
Shrimp and Glass Noodle Salad
Chicken Tikka Salad
We kept the main course simple with just the panchmel dal, steamed rice, prawn Malabar curry and Goan fish curry. A traditional Rajasthani dish– the panchmel dal made with five different lentils was well flavoured with various spices and stood out amongst the vegetarian options. For the lack of words, let’s just say that the Malabar curry was finger licking good.
Goan Fish Curry
Malabar Prawn Curry with Steamed Rice
The desserts on display were in the colour scheme of the Indian flag to commemorate Independence Day. Our pick was the Hazelnut chocolate cake, and the brownie pudding. And the icing on the cake was the Snicker ice cream- with slivers of caramel and peanuts. Finally, with a scoop of Pan ice cream, the curtains were drawn on our heavenly food experience.
Ice Cream Counter – Pan, Strawberry, Black Currant, Peanut and Caramel
Desert Plate Loaded With Goodies
Head to the live station to devour the absolutely fresh and delicious grilled seafood. The salads particularly the raw papaya and shrimp glass noodle salad will delight the taste buds. Round up with a scoop of the snicker ice cream. Overall, a gastronomic pleasure that should definitely not be missed!
Our rating on a scale of 10
Food and drinks: 9
Value for money: 9
What: Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Where : Post Box No.64, Miramar, Panaji – Goa 403001