South Chennai definitely needs Burgundy, no question about that. Where else can one go if the thought of sumptuous food in a chilled-out ambience, combined with a relaxed mug of chilled beer comes to mind?
With open spaces becoming a luxury in Chennai, this place starts to calm your nerves the moment you park your car - landscaped greenery with a children's play area in the corner set in plush lawns with a walking path to the door of the restaurant, certainly goes a long way in creating a good first impression.
Open sesame to a huge hall with a glass partition, set with comfortable combinations of tables. The trick to this overwhelming feel of open-ness comes from the fact that all the walls are glass, sort of like bringing the outside ambience partly inside with the inside having its own character.
The buffet is HUGE. I needed to spend ten minutes walking around and then sitting at my table deciding what I would eat. Having done that, I ventured bravely into the different sections - salads, curries, south indian, meats, etc. and managed to fill my plate. Everything was nicely presented and tasted good. By now I was getting so used to the ambience and the spread that I forgot it was not fine dining.
I chose to go from one cuisine to another and as it was not physically possible to eat all, I was restricted to trying out a couple of available options in each; that was a mistake because I ended up finding flaws in the food - while the dressings, sauces were awesome in the salads, I noticed that I had to ask for olives and a few other things which were not part of the salads. There I was crossing the fine line into fine dining.
The curries were awesome; and a nice touch was the chef cooking up a tasty tiny dish and placing it in cups among the curries.
Maybe I should have requested for a pizza slice of my choice instead of just opting for a 'veg' pizza when I was asked to choose between veg or non-veg. That would have also made me do less work on the table, ordering a few toppings of my choice and trying to create my own pizza! Maybe the person who took my pizza order could have said, any pizza is available. Hmmm... whatever, I enjoyed the meal.
What seals the deal in the buffet is the inclusion of a few usually-missed-but-important items like Curd Rice! Chennaites swear by their curd rice, so including it was a good move.
Desserts have always been oh, so gooood, at all of their restaurants, and Burgundy is no exception. Or I should say here that desserts have been given their due place here. The dark chocolate amaretto was so overwhelmingly dark-chocolatey and magical that I definitely need to come here on my own dessert-buffet trip.
Last but not the least... the price of the buffet at Burgundy's. There has been many a mention about this everytime Burgundy's comes up in any discussion. Yes, the price does pull it down from being a 'wow' factor. But you begin to have second thoughts on not saying 'wow' when you try to pinpoint what was wrong with the place.
I personally wouldnt hesitate to go there, again, and yet again... its one of those restaurants. But maybe I wouldn't like to look at the bill for more than the time I sign for it, unless there is a mug of beer or a glass of wine that comes complimentary with the buffet... get the picture?
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