Dinner at Rhapsody - Courtyard by Marriott Chennai
Rhapsody | Restaurant and Pub
It was a good dinner at #Rhapsody inside Hotel Courtyard Marriott in Chennai. I entered the bar around 7:00 pm and the place was already half full, majority of the customers from the corporate sector, enjoying their conversations with drinks and appetizers.
I called the chef and requested to make something special as I was vegetarian and prefer eating bland food and clearly instructed him to avoid spicy food. He asked me if I’d be okay to eat ‘Malai Brocolli’ and ‘Fried baby-corn’ and I replied with an yes immediately.
For the next twenty minutes, I was sipping on some lemonade and eating salted peanuts while reading a book I picked recently. I also acquainted the staffs who were quite friendly, one from Mumbai, and the other from Tamil Nadu.
One of the waiters brought the appetizers to my table and served it with condiments. The presentation wasn’t that fancy. The Malai Broccoli, a Tandoori dish, usually is mixed with spices and roasted to give a smoky and crunchy flavour. This however was not very crunchy but nevertheless was smoky and tasted delicious. It was served with mint chutney and spicy caramelized onions.
The Fried Baby-Corn usually are golden brown at many restaurants but the chef decided to just fry it and serve it with vegetables sweet chilli sauce. It was very soft and not crispy which I actually liked. I may not have liked it had it been golden brown like most appetizers.
Then I ordered for a Vegetarian Pizza with Extra Cheese. To be honest, this was disappointing and too bland. And it appeared to be little over cooked. But the vegetables were really fresh and tasty. I added some red chilli flakes, which I normally dislike doing, but couldn’t resist from adding them this time.
For a change, I decided to take a look at the menu to order one more appetizer. So, I picked Duplex Mushrooms. I liked the presentation and the dish itself. Coated with fine quality bread crumbs and deep fried in oil till crisp golden. It was crunchy and crispy, and served with fries and condiments. I enjoyed this dish thoroughly.
By the time I finished my dinner it was 10:00 pm. I took a small break from reading so I could continue to enjoy reading the book and also allow the appetizers and main course to digest. At half past ten, I asked a staff to bring me a dessert that has a chocolate base. To my surprise, he served a Chocolate Brownie with Black Current Ice-Cream, a combination I have never ever tried in the past. Usually, my combination would be a chocolate/vanilla ice-cream above or alongside a brownie. But this combination was weirdly nice.
I had a good time at the pub, reading a book, and listening to pop and trance music. Post dinner, I conversed with the staffs who were telling me their stories and future ideas.
All in all, it was a good dining experience for me. The menu is going to change soon says Chef Dinesh whose specialty is Indian cuisine. Do visit the bar, and feel free to meet the chef and request him to prepare something based on your tastes and preferences.