Did someone say Seafood Dinner Buffet? Take out them elastic pants, starve for day and half and then head to JW Cafe, at the newly opened JW Marriott at the International Airport (Sahar). After following exactly what we typed, we headed to the Marriott (starting to be on of our favorite chain of Hotels) to check out their Seafood dinner buffet (only on Friday nights)
Ambiance and Spread:
Well in our words, this hotel is a mix of chic design and PIMP feeling!!! Huge door at the entry, fancy lighting, great design and high ceilings, are just some of the things one sees on entering this cafe. But then pop up the HUGE Alaskan King crab claws and a mountain of pre-cooked cold seafood just waiting there to be devoured! We were having a look at this wide spread buffet when one of the managers, Abhijeet met us and we continued with our tour of the buffet.
Yes we mentioned this buffet as a tour as the spread includes(on Fridays only) a Thai counter, Indian food, Sushi and cold mezze section, a Lebanese section and a separate section for the seafood grills and tandoori items. We did lose a few kilos walking along the buffet, but gained it back (and maybe a few more kilos) after our meal!
Just when we were about to ‘claw’ our way into the crab claws, the Chef bumped into his friend from college Chef James Miranda, who is running the Thai section with their Thai chef. James is a musician, chef and a does have quite the funny bone (link for shaadi.com :P) and he made us our soup, a clear soup with chicken dumpling and flat noodles for the Foodie and the Chef had a bowl of Tom Yam with prawns and noodles. While we were slurping on our soups, the sushi made its way to our table. Some of the freshest Tuna and Salmon Temaki, and a beautiful salty Salmon roe sushi roll.
Making sure we had a piece of all things ‘fishy’ we finally went to the cold buffet, did have a slice of Speck and Turkey cuts, but our eyes were fixed on them claws and Mount Crustacean! From the mountain we picked a piece each of Jumbo Prawn, Baby Lobster, Mussels, Langoustines and then the Claws. The crab claws were sweet,juicy and did not need much seasoning. The rest just needed some cracked sea salt and pepper with some cocktail sauce and they were thulped without any problem. Yes since its a cold buffet, the meat did get a lil tough and wasn’t much appreciated by the Foodie, but the Chef went for second helpings 😀
Then we moved onto the seafood grills, they had Tuna, loads of shellfish grilled simply and served with salsa and ground mustard. Nothing out of the ordinary, so we just moved on to the main buffet. Now like we said earlier, this buffet contains a lot of seafood from various parts of the globe, after the sushi, we tried the Indian, Thai and Lebanese spread. The Lebanese section included Artichoke and Lamb, Fish Harra Sauce (Both being too strong for our flavour buds) a nicely done Chicken shawarma with pita and the cold dips like Babaganough, Hummus etc.
In the Thai section, after having the soup we had the Prawns in chili-basil sauce, Jasmine rice and Chicken Red Curry all tasting good! The surprise for the Chef was theIndian section; we don’t really like Indian food in hotels as they are mainly flavoured with spices for their in-house foreign guests (In short white people cant eat any spicy food!) But here the beautifully made smooth and silky Chicken Korma, the flavourful and robust Aloo Dabba Goshth, the aromatic Dum Hyderabadi mutton Biryani and to finish off, of course an excellent preparation of Aachari Jhinga were all to die for!
As all of you’ll have read, we did eat a lot but as always we save the best for last — Desserts. Now one thing we know about all the Marriott properties is that their desserts kick a**!! From a vast spread, the Foodie could only manage a small warm waffle with ice-cream but the Chef made up for it. He took a piece each of Hazelnut and chocolate tart, two pieces of their famous baked New York Cheesecake, a small slice of the Opera cake, Chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie and a waffle quart with chocolate sauce and ice-cream. AND YES IT WAS ALL WIPED CLEAN!!!! For the people who love Indian sweets, need not worry as they have a good number of petit-fours and warm gulab jamun. All in all this is the place to be to enjoy everything under-the-water, and since we are avid lovers of all things that we advise each and everyone to go for this buffet. They also have grills ands BBQ on Saturday nights and for brunch on sunday is a combined gastronomic affair of Friday and Saturday!
Value for Money: -NA- ( But for 1555++ this buffet is worth going for!!)
The Bombay Foodies were invited to come and try out the buffet at the JW Sahar, irrespective of that true and honest opinions have been given by the reviewers.)