Taprobane's dinner buffet is pretty awesome. For just Rs. 2200, the spread's large and the food's top quality. Highlights? Their egg hoppers and their chocolate fudge.
We reviewed the place during Ramadan (for ifthar, which they rebranded their usual buffet as) - on normal days, the dinner buffet is apparently for Rs. 2700. Check our old review if you want to know about their brunch or food in general.
Ambience & Service
Taprobane is just like any other hotel dining space - low lit and a bit formal. Technically you can't wear slippers here but it's unlikely they'll stop you if you just walk in with a poker-face and don't make eye contact (foolproof). The waiters were polite enough. The manager seemed a tad clueless though; we asked if they had a place for prayers since we'd just broken fast (some hotels like Kingsbury arrange a room, but some don't - no biggie), and they awkwardly spread out a large bedsheet under their staircase for us.
We loved the generous heapings of meat in the spread - lamb, samak mashwi (fish and tomato), devilled mutton, stir fried beef, chicken masala - the pieces were chunky and the curries deliciously prepared. Chicken masala and the beef were the best ones there. With the meats you had the choice of biriyani and tasty veggie noodles. At the open-kitchen, you could order hot-hot pasta or hoppers. The hoppers take a while for them to make, and you might have to stand there and remind them about your order, but with a side of dynamite lunumiris, it's well worth the wait - go for an egg hopper or a very-filling egg and cheese.
The starter meats at the far end of the room aren't worth the sampling. The sushi was a hit and miss. Although, do heap your plate with the mayo and cocktail sauce from this end, to eat your meats with - they're very well done. The beef kanji, served lately in the spirit of Ramadan, was pretty good too.
The dessert spread was generous and we were absolutely grateful. It had everything from cakes to mousses.
The undisputed champion of this whole buffet was the plate of chocolate fudge. These little squares of fudge were interspersed with soft biscuit, and sprinkled with bits of cheese. Perfection. Kudos to whoever made these.
The size of the spread and the quality of meats at Cinnamon Grand's dinner buffet is well worth the price. Definitely worth the trip with your friends or family.
Run for the chocolate fudge bits before they're all taken.