BENGALURU: Eagerly awaiting US President Barack Obama’s last ‘Turkey pardon’ video, I sat across the table discussing politics and economics with a friend at the Marriott Hottel, Whitefield.
The conversation was upsetting both of us, discussing Trump win and demonetisation was taking a toll, thank God for the wine that kept us company.
Awkward political conversations are a ritual at family Thankgiving dinner I hear from my friends abroad, so I guess my friend and I were only abiding by tradition.
The Marriott Hotel, Whitefield recently hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for its guests.
Chef Vikas Singh, who hosted us presented an array of international appetizers in keeping with the theme. The cold buffet included Parma ham with melon, sesame crusted tuna nicoise, smoked duck with pear compote, shrimps ceviche, barley wuith prune and kalamata, artichoke and tomator terrine.
The simmering hot roasted pumpkin soup was soft, sweet, rich in texture and creamy.
The roasted turkey was carved and served to us. The turkey was well cooked, with subtle flavours of the giblet gravy, cranberry and potato that added to the glazed tasting.
Honey glazed ham had a hint of sweetness, almost nil with the size of the slices served, the meat was succulent.
The steak served was juicy and flavoured with barbecue sauce.
The Coq au vin rouge won the buffet at the table - the meat was moist and cooked thorough.
The classic pumpkin pie was dry, crumbled easily.
The pie could have been better at least with a whipped cream on top.
Maple pumpkin twists with cream cheese frosting was an interesting concept, but failed as the pumpkin stuffing was way too sweet.
I had a diabetes threat in my mouth with the dessert.
The Pavlov was the saving grace among the dessert with creamy and crumbly textures breaking into a moist combination of subtly sweet and fruity flavours.
M Cafe at the Marriott also served red wine, which goes well with the meaty delight.
They also served cinnamon maple whisky sour, ginger cranberry cooler and buck fizz at the dinner. Not a fan on buck fizz. The acidity of the citrus overpowers the sparkling wine flavour.
Overall the dinner is a delight for a meat lover, especially if you are a fan of ham and turkey.