Taprobane is Cinnamon Grand's 24 hour, multi cuisine buffet restaurant - although you can also dine a la carte if desired. Serving hotel guests as well as hungry Colombars, what the restaurant is really known for is their Sunday brunch
. Served between 11 AM and 3 PM the staggering spread of sushi, meats, cheeses, and curries from various points around the globe provide a wonderful prelude to the long and languorous afternoon naps that Sundays are so perfect for.
But while Taprobane's brunch is excellent, the standard middy buffet isn't quite as outstanding. I mean, it's the same food essentially, but there's just something about the brunch that seems better - but that could just be the free flowing bubbly making everything extra delightful. Priced at Rs. 2220 nett, a narrower (but by no means small) selection of food is available - compare to Rs. 2664 nett for their truly vast Sunday offerings. While the food is still good, there's a bit of incoherence between the various cuisines; the chinese mushrooms go unpaired, the pastas look lonely, and what do you accompany the breadcrumbed fish with? While the cold meats and desserts are great - the chocolate banofee slices are delicious - the mains were slightly disappointing: a mediocre paneer, a slightly oily lamb rogan josh, naans with the consistency of a chappathi.
Taprobane is wonderful if you go for the brunch. The restaurant is shiny and clean - there's a live jazz band - the staff are attentive and the food is superb. It's also good for late night snacking, especially if your tummy doesn't feel quite up to braving another of the city's many pilawoos' cheese kottus after a night out. The menu includes items like sandwiches, subs, grills, biriyanis - general safe choices that aren't likely to cause too much damage to your system the day after. The standard weekday buffet, while fine, just isn't quite exciting enough to warrant the cost. But that being said, any resort down the coast will cost you just as much for often quite terrible food.
Run for the chocolate fudge bits before they're all taken.