So when you chalk out a plan to hit Momo café for their Sunday Brunch, make sure you skip your breakfast no matter what. Such is the spread. Situated @ Hinjewadi, Momo café has a calm ambiance, perfectly set up for a buffet. Thanks to Mercy for her amazing voice, which made my day, all the more beautiful.
Well trained staff should be one of the main qualities boasted by a high-end setup like Courtyard, and yes, they nailed on that front as well. And as usual, the most important part, Food…
Berry Mojito: And just before we move into the food, the mocktail, a welcome drink rather, needs mention. Lime juice on crushed ice, muddled mint leaves, and berry blast to start a warm afternoon was more than I could ask for.
Cream of mushrooms and Malaysian Laksa base for non veg were the options. The catch of the soup section was that it was DIY. All ingredients, namely egg white, boiled noodles, prawns, chicken, onions, spring onions etc. were on the display. Make your own soup using them.
Cream of mushroom was the standard fare, whereas I made a combo of chicken-prawns-noodles-spring onions on the laksa base. Wonderful I would say. Variety of breads were also on offer.
Salads: A whole new blog could be written about salads, such being the variety. Over 18 salads and 7 cut vegetables and sprouts were available.
Though I didn’t find much time to spend on the salads, I did lay my hands on some and they were delicious. Pasta Salad with egg whites was my personal favorite, followed by chicken salad, salmon salad, sprouts and prawns salad and waldorf salad.
Some starters were served on table as well..
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta: Found nothing special about the dish. A bit over toasted bread squares topped with tomato and basil leaves.
Paneer Tikka: Though the paneer was bit on the harder side, no complaints about the taste- well prepared and well presented, accompanied by onions and peppers.
Pizzas: Fresh & hot pizzas were yet another highlight. Wood stone grilled pizzas in front of your eyes and brought directly to our plat piping hot is a delight in itself. Both the Chicken Pizza and Hawaiian Veg Pizza were amazing.
Very elaborate main course left me no choice, but to try limited items since some surprise was on offer on the other end of the place ( to be revealed later).
Started with Khow Suey and some good Kung Pao chicken. Khowsuey had good flavors of coconut milk and garlic and went very well with the Kung Pao chicken.
Being a lover of potato, tried their Hassel Back potato with skins. Not a must try, but could be had once.
Grilled Chicken With Mushroom sauce was a simple, yet elegant dish. A dish with no burst of spices, but amazing aroma and taste. Tender chicken boneless pieces in mushroom sauce is indeed a must try. The wedges served along were pretty nice as well.
Fish Veracruz was not bad either. But this time with aroma of spices. Well cooked pieces of fish in tangy sauce is sure to take you on a virtual tour to Mexico.
The Surprise Element…
On reaching Momo Café, I was told that they have live Asian counters @ Ignite, which was a part of the Sunday Brunch. For me, the live counters were the highlight of the day.
Kacchi Dabeli: Personally not someone who loves his Dabeli. Found it pretty much a standard preparation and nothing much to go gaga about.
Kothu Porotta: Wah! There comes the South Indian Specialty. Shredded Malabar Porotta mixed with gravy and chicken topped with scrambled egg and curry leaves. The taste of the curry leaves were ideally overpowering the dish, which gave it a kick. Highly recommended dish. Veg option available as well.
Kathi Rolls: Yet another amazing counter, this time from the North. Paratha rolls, layered with omelet and filled with spicy chicken preparation. Highly recommended and yes, veg option are available too.
Pasta: Live counter for pasta allows us to customize our own. I ordered for a Penne pasta in White Sauce with mushrooms. Good amount of seasoning and perfect balance.
Grilled Meats: Meats, oh yes… grilled… oh yes. Heaven for any meat lovers: chicken, water buffalo and fish were the options.
Grilled Tenderloin was my favorite among the lot. The tenderloin, first grilled, then heated, was as delicious as it could get. Amazingly tender pieces in spicy marination topped with Sriracha sauce is again, Highly recommended.
Chicken was available in 2 different marination. Even though the grill was perfect and the taste was good, the flavors of both the marination seemed to be similar.Grilled veggies were available as well.
One of the largest dessert spread I have recently seen. Anything you can think of ( well, common ones) , you can find it here. There is an ice cream counter as well with varieties of flavors to choose from. New York style Cheese Cake was my personal favorite of the day.
Black forest was decent, so was the Chocolate Cheese Cake. Brownies were the standard fare. Mixed fruit tart was flavorful. Chocolate balls, Profiteroll and Mocha pastry were good too. However, the Lamington cake could be avoided.
The brunch @ CY Marriott is a decent affair, but what made it amazing was the fact that there was the Asian Grill counters.
Keep Chugging, Keep Chowing