Chennai has come a long way from being popular only for Idli-Sambhar-Dosa.You can find many restaurants which serve International cuisine and with people travelling out of the country ever so often,it is only a fitting change from the regular restaurant food.
We were invited for a food review of the newly opened restaurant Burgundy's,at MRC nagar.It is run by the popular trio Vipin Sachdev,Somna Sachdev and Neha Agarwal who are also part of the famous Tuscana Pizzeria,Kryptos and Subway in Chennai.Vipin took time off from his busy schedule and entertained us throughout with his witty stories!
Burgundy's is an all day dining restaurant which opens at 6.30 am till midnight.According to Vipin,the kitchen serves everything in the menu at all times.There is no compulsion to eat chat only in the evening or pakodas only during tea time.If it is on the menu,it is available throughout the day.
The restaurant has a typical lazy coffee shop feel.Spacious and airy it relaxes you getting you prepared to savour the food to come.We were served the buffet lunch which also had a live chaat counter.So platters of Bhelpuri and Dahi Papdi chaat were passed around.Chaat was just about okay,nothing extra ordinary.I think for us,eating chaat which gets prepared with gloved hands and mineral water just doesn't taste as good as the roadside ones,blame it on our palates!!
For vegetarians Tandoori Vegetables was served next.Now this one made me sit up.Broccoli,Zuchini and coloured peppers in a tandoori dish,that is some innovation.Crunchy vegetables with a lovely smoky flavour and the right hint of spiciness,this one was a winner.
The buffet menu also boasts of cold sandwiches and hot pizzas.The sandwich didn't score well on my opinion.The bread was too hard to chew,so I stuck to eating lettuce,tomatoes and the fresh buffalo mozarella cheese.
But the Pizza was just awesome.With few vegetables on top(compared to the overstuffed toppings) and just the right amount of cheese and thinner than thin crust it was worth the full price of the buffet!It was quite light and did not stuff you up as I feared since I had the full buffet spread to look forward to.The pizzas are baked in a wood-fire lookalike rotating oven which has a metal base and an internal flame to bake the pizzas evenly.A friend even made a passing comment that the pizza puffs up like Poori!!
We headed to the buffet table which was replete with salads of all kinds.Pasta salads,fruit and vegetable salads and dips.Here's a look.
Apple and Pear Salad
Cucumber and Cherry Tomato Salad
Broccoli Salad with Herbed Cream
The main course featured South Indian food,Chinese,North Indian as well as Thai.I tried the Roasted Vegetables and Vegetarian Noodles and even though I wanted to believe this is no different than in others look wise,I have to say the prominent ginger-garlic-soya-tomato flavor was absent in these noodles.It tasted great though,I wonder what pixie dust the chef put into it!
As I was getting stuffed by now,I decided to take it easy and try only a few stuff more as I wanted to dig into the dessert section.My next course was North Indian as I chose to have Vegetable Biryani(which smelt so much like its Non-veg counterpart,I almost backed out before double checking with the chef!).With just the right amount of vegetables and perfectly spiced it could be had on its own without any sides.But I decided to pair it with some Vegetable Kofta-creamy and rich,Ajwaini Paneer-soft paneer cubes in a succulent gravy spiced with Ajwain and Kadai vegetables-again with vegetables which are not usually associated with such side dishes-Broccoli,zuchini and cauliflower.
After the scrumptious meal,it was time for dessert.But sadly I couldn't indulge much as I was quite full.I decided to go for the most appealing dessert from the dessert section which was a very difficult choice indeed.There was a lot to choose from-Rice Kheer,Malai Sandwich,Sweet Tarts,Dates cake,Sacher Torte,Fruit Bowl,Blackforest Pastry,Mango Mousse,Banana Cake,Thai Coconut Custard and many more.
I tried out the Sacher Torte and liked it.I mean,it is chocolate and it is a cake,whats not there to like!The Thai coconut custard also tasted great,full of coconut flavour and a lovely texture,sadly,I was too full to do justice to it!
The buffet lunch is priced at 750/-inclusive of all taxes and dinner is priced at 975/-(for veg and non-veg).Not cheap by any standards,but here you pay money for the quality and the whole experience.I am blown away by the buffet,now I am going for the alacarte.
Burgundy's is at Somerset Greenways,MRC Nagar,next to Chettinad School.For reservations call 044 49001000.
Food - 8/10
Ambience - 7/10
Service - 8/10