Southern Express at Uday Suites, Shankumukham launches Sunday Brunch

Are you exhausted from a long, tiresome week and looking for a well-deserved break in a reasonable brunch on Sunday? I can recommend a decent one with plenty of choices. Southern Express, the fine dine restaurant at Uday Suites, the Airport Hotel at Shankumukham, just a few hundred meters from the beach, has introduced Sunday Brunch and we had been there to check it out. You can spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a very peaceful environment and if you are lucky, you can get a table overlooking the pool.

We reached UDS Suites a bit early and saw the Executive Chef, Faisal Basheer, giving his last minute touches to the dessert section. It was laid out in an impressive way. After lazing around the pool for close to an hour, we started off with the welcome drink. I opted for the Vanilla milkshake, a good start to the brunch. Meanwhile, Dhanesh Thampi, the Operations Manager, gave us an overview of Brunch and the planning that went into launching this new offering.

For those who missed the breakfast, there was Battura with channa masala and chicken sausage with blueberry pancake. The sausage was spiced up and I liked it. The bakery section offered an elaborate spread – fruit cake, cinnamon rolls, brioche, bread (white/brown), custard Danish, cheese/chocolate croissants and doughnuts. The brioche and croissants were really soft.

The kids corner had mini veg burgers, finger sandwich, veg studdle and cheesy veg balls. More than the kids, I freaked out on the cheesy veg balls, it was too good, exactly the way it should be.

For those who like soup, there was a choice between Spicy tomato and drumstick soup, and roasted pumpkin with confit chicken.

In the salad section, I enjoyed the Caramelised apple and hot chicken salad (non-veg). There was also Pesto Seafood salad. Mexican coleslaw, Kimchi, carrot and raisin salad. Bbq grilles chicken, masala grilles fish and teriyaki grilled veg were the offerings from the live station.

For the main course, in non-veg, there was Thai chicken green curry, Malabari meen unda curry, Beef stroganoff and wok tossed chilly seafood. I liked the chicken and beef dishes. Not too hot but tasty enough.

Fellas bow tie with ragout of tomato & pepper, cottage cheese with Italian sauce, bhindi jaipuri, Gujrathi dal palak, kallai potatto pal curry, Gobi Manchurian, cashew croquets, Vendakkai theeyal and stir fried veg with scallion & peppers were the options for veggies. The daal was just the way I like it, thick.

For those who wanted something heavy, there was a choice of hot and steaming pad Thai veg noodles, masala pulao, nan/roti and appams. The pulao deserves a special mention, it was spicy and aromatic.

In the desserts section, there were plenty to choose from – Uday Garden minty choco tart, one of their signature sweets; strawberry cream roll, Arabian baklava, soft and juicy gulab jamuns, rangede coconut burfi, etc. The pouched apple had the perfect sweetness and the opera pastry just melted in the mouth. The sandesh could have been better and I prefer it the traditional way, without colour. The watermelon jelly and chocolate lollypop were a big hit with kids.

The Sunday Brunch is priced at Rs.799/- with complimentary use of the swimming pool. So overall, a good offer by Uday Suites for a lazy and relaxing Sunday outing.

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Anil Philip

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