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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Super Large Sunday Brunch, Hyatt Regency, Chennai

It is the weekend and the last thing you want to do is be up early and make an elaborate breakfast for the family. The sense of freedom that comes with having a relaxed morning is a treat that many yearn for and some cherish.  Heading out for a brunch is the best thing you can do on the Sunday. Just have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, maybe a fruit, get dressed and make your way to Hyatt Regency towards Spice Haat around 12.30 would be perfect.

Today nearly all restaurants are offering the weekend brunch, but in most places it is a limited menu and within a set time span. Here however, the brunch is super large and there is no closing time, so you can relax and have a lazy brunch with your family/friends. 

What is more, if you are heading out with your little ones, there is an exclusive section for the tiny tots- complete with TV, Games, a counter with mini bite sized eats, including a mini pizza and some cool sweet treats as well. They have someone in charge who will keep an eye on the kids while you have a fun brunch in the main restaurant. 

The first thing I saw as I stepped into Spice Haat was the eclectic art pieces, it was all along the theme of spices, but there were a few of people, mixing the modern with conventional and more.. There were quite a few huge tiffin carriers around, a few art pieces of people sitting atop trunk boxes, one man holding a mouse in the shape off the world connected to a keyboard, another holding a full bunch of bananas and many more.
The place is quite huge, and there is plenty of seating, and there is a small outdoor area as well, where smoking is allowed and would be good to be there when the weather is pleasant. The only thing about the place was it was quite warm, while we walked around, we did see a few air coolers but overall the air conditioning wasn’t all that powerful. 

The buffet is divided based on the cuisine and it is scattered all through the place, the last being desserts. Right in the center is the bar where you can get everything from fruit mocktails to beer to other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. And then there is a giant pillar that has quite a few artsy utensils- coconut scrapper, ammi kal [where traditionally spice paste was ground], rolling pin and few others as well.

The brunch opened with Lime-mint mojita to start the meal, this was a well made drink. However, the smoothies were quite disappointing. They were diluted and not really smoothies.  The veg starters were alright- veg hara bara kebab and paneer

As for the buffet, I loved the dishes in the Moroccan section the best of them all. The Pastilla was amazing, with a thick base and packed with veggies, it was yumm. The pleasant surprise was when a lady walked around the hall with a tray of Chaat items. The bhel puri was quite good and some of the salads were good [ filled with flavour] – beetroot feta salad was my favorite. And then there were the live counters- aappam + stew, kuthu parotta, Chinese dimsum/momos & noodles and then there was the sushi counter as well. Apart from these, there was the Italian pasta counter and a dedicated counter for heart healthy dishes. I am a fan of sushi and enjoyed the veg sushi with wasabi+soya sauce.

From the elaborate dessert section, I picked out a pie with strawberries and figs, but it was more of a shortbread cookie with fruits on top. I did like the meringue drops and the Coffee with Kahlua that I ordered. Friend who wanted to try the same, but colder version got an interesting drink- espresso, lime juice, sugar syrup and vodka- it was good.. really good and we were happy buzzing by the time we left the place.

The menu keeps changing, so guests are always in for something new every time they visit. The place opens at 12.30 and you can lounge about for as long as you desire!

If you choose brunch with alcohol, it is priced around Rs2568 [incl tax] and it is about Rs2245 [non alcohol brunch]

Hyatt Regency
350, Anna Salai, Axis Bank, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017 

The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon App├ętit  :-)

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