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    cafe03Courtyard by Marriott debuts in the city, and its Momo Café is worth a stop

    Marriott International has opened the gates to its first dual branded property in the country, combining Courtyard acafe07nd Fairfield, in Bellandur. Flanked by Global Tech Park and RMZ Ecospace, the property has become a new stop for techies and business travellers to dine out, throw parties or check in. While the moderate-tier Fairfield features its signature Indian restaurant Kava, the premium Courtyard, the first in Bengaluru, brings with it an all-day dining outlet, called Momo Café. Work on ‘Bangalore Grills’ by the poolside on the first floor is also on.
    Taking its name from ‘modern living, modern dining’, Momo Café’s vibrant orange and green upholstery is quite cheerful, and yet not in your face. Like most all-day diners, this one offers a buffet meal (with homemade pickles!), as well as a pretty decent a la carte menu. Plus there’s a lounge corner, and a bakery called Momo To Go, where the space smoothly transitions from a family restaurant, to a coffee shop, to a social business zone.cafe08
    Doing it right

    cafe13 copyIts a la carte menu focuses on Western favourites, as well as local cuisine. And it refrains from the “experiments” many F&B outlets in the city are so fond of. Chef Somasundaram, who looks after the kitchens along with chef Pavan, tells us that the idea is to let guests and business travellers order with ease. The focus is to do it — be it the soups, appetisers, salads, burgers, risottos, main courses, and dessert — right!
    Fortunately, they do deliver on their promise. Take the signature Tuscan minestrone soup, for instance. Generously loaded with seasonal veggies and pasta, the basil-scented tomato broth, which is sour and spicy at the same time, is incredibly comforting.
    From the appetiser section, the dingri malai kebabs, where grilled mushrooms are filled with cheese, cream, some garam masala and cardamom powder, have a wonderful smoky flavour, and are cooked just right to retain the juice.
    The karuvepillai era (pan fried prawn and dried curry leaves), Chettinad mutton pepper fry, and the Mangalore style chicken —kori sukka — are some of the chef’s recommendations, and ours too. You won’t find any surprises here, but flavours that are familiar, and well balanced.cafe15
    The Marriott burger, served with French fries and salad, is plentiful indeed. The minced buffalo meat patty is layered with cheddar and bacon, and will fill you up quite easily. The sesame-topped buns are soft too, and the rosemary and celery in the patty does add a nice subtle aroma to the burger, if you can smell it through all the cheese that is. And then there’s the classic club sandwich and kathi rolls that very few of us can refuse.
    There’s fish ‘n’ chips on the menu too, and if you happen to be a basa fan, you might even like it. Fried to a golden crisp, it is mildly spiced. We’re not quite sure of the saffron risotto though, which is a tad salty. If you don’t have time for a meal, check out the croissants, sandwiches, and cakes at the takeaway counter. But if you can indulge, make some time for the signature mascarpone cheesecake — it’s quite delicious.
    Rs 1,500++ (for two).
    At Outer Ring Road, Bellandur. Details: 71203040
    — Barkha Kumari

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