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Complete Food & Ambience Review:
For the review, we decided to come in for brunch at the Karibu at The Zuri. It was a lazy Sunday, and we reached Zuri pretty early. Valet parking always makes life easy, and Zuri does provide that.
A warm bright interior with lovely music from a solo singer welcomed us. The lobby, bright and smiling, made us comfortable. The big dining area overlooks the lobby and the layout makes it possible to accommodate a lot of diners while providing ample space to shuttle to the buffet station. On one side of the dining area is the bar area of Zuri, called ‘The Bling.’
A quick glance of the buffet spread at Karibu told us that the fare was mostly Continental and North Indian with Oriental varieties too. In addition to the entire buffet table, what was striking were the different varieties of live food stations. There was one for drinks, another for Indian chat, one for Oriental cuisine, a live Italian section, a hot starters section, and a warm desserts counter. These individual islands were great to showcase the variety of food available, and it also made it easy for diners to choose what they want to eat.
We started off from the hot starters station followed by dim sums from the live Oriental section. The fish from the live section was soft and perfected with the right amount of spices. The dim sums were warm and coupled well with the accompanying dips. While the kid couldn’t just move from the salad counter because he loves crunchy salads and Zuri had a great variety of greens and mixed salads, I hopped from counter to counter and tried everything that I could. The plate of cold papdi chat (a yoghurt based melange of crispy flat fries, lentils, and sometimes potatoes) from the Indian Chat section had a great sweet and sour chutney (a liquid dip) generously dolloped on it. From the Italian live section, I tried an almost sampler quantity of the basic Alfredo pasta because it could make me feel full afterwards. Keeping in mind their expat clientele too, they had meat options as appetizers, which were delicious to say the least. We also noticed soup warmers cozily sitting at the soup counter with a host of breads to go alongside.
Before gorging on the main course, we wanted to cool off with some drinks. They have a set of mocktails tailored with the brunch. You could also choose to have alcohol instead that would not be part of the brunch.
For the main course, we had biryani coupled with cold raita and steamed rice with delicious rajma. They also offered a bread basket but we were in no mood for Indian bread varieties that day. There was a good variety of vegetarian curries, but we would have loved some more non-vegetarian varieties. The non-vegetarian main course option was Oriental chicken. However, we preferred it that way because we wanted to savor their dessert counter, which looked marvelous with the riot of colorful desserts arranged neatly to invite foodies to it. The cremè brulee had a lovely caramel top which cracked to reveal a delicious custard within. I must also recommend the soft and velvety tiramisu that lingered in our taste buds for a long time. While we would have loved to try more of the inviting cakes and the Indian ‘balushahi,'(a hard glazed flour based dessert), we were almost full.
What had, in the meanwhile, won the kid over was the chocolate fondue for skewered fruits. Succulent kiwis and muskmelons perched on top of long skewers waited to be twirled in the fondue and tossed into the mouth. Delicious!
If you would like to enjoy a lavish Sunday spread, do visit Karibu at The Zuri Whitefield one of these weekends. The approximate cost for two people would be INR 2200. Do make a reservation before you go.