This was my fourth visit to Chennai this year, and thankfully the last one required to conclude the task at hand. Given a choice, I would never visit a city twice, and certainly not one as crowded and busy as this one. But this was business and that leaves one with very limited options.
It was not as if the restaurants at The Hyatt were not good, they are amongst the best in the city, but I was simply bored of them. Enough was enough. I was desperately trying to think up a restaurant which would enable me to have my routine business lunch, and at the same time be different enough and offer some refreshing atmosphere.
Then I remembered THE CAPPUCCINO at the SHERATON. I had been invited to a dinner there a few months ago and recalled it as something close to what I was looking for.
I was in for a pleasant surprise. The entire restaurant had already been re-done, transformed into a classier and more elegant than before place, and its lovely view of the pool retained. It was simply marvellous.
JOTESH hovered at a discrete distance after ensuring that we were comfortably seated with a grand view of the pool, gave us time to go through the fare, then demolished all our efforts by vouching for the SUNDAY BRUNCH. Well, it WAS a Sunday and Jotesh was so nice that we simply didn’t have the heart to say no.
It goes without saying that the variety and quality of food was as good as could be, at par (if not better) than the city’s best. My advise to all sea-food lovers : GO FOR THE SEA FOOD PLATTER. I have never tasted better. And those with a sweet tooth ? The Baked Alaska….. heavenly. Helped, guided and at times gently prodded by Jitesh, we went on to make the most of this lazy afternoon.
And it was not just the service staff on its own. Raaj, who I remembered was the restaurant manager, was not far behind his flock. I could see him going from one table to another, making the guests comfortable, suggesting his own favourites from the spread, and where possible having them served as well. Obviously a person who knew his food and his guests. As he approached our table, the smile on his face told of a person who not only knew but also enjoyed what he was doing.
…… And the price for meeting this youngster ? Another helping of his choice….and then another…. An absolute must if you are a connoisseur of good food and great places to eat in.
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