Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise Ph: 5592 9800
Who doesn’t like a party, especially when it’s at the Marriott, one of our favourite hotels!
Following on from their Mexican Fiesta, The Surfers Paradise Marriott continued their world culinary tours at Citrique Restaurant with a ‘Culinary Tour of India’ in June. Greeted by Indian belly dancers spinning like whirling dervishes, we passed under an arch of flowers proclaiming ‘Welcome’.
With staff dressed in saris and turbans, and Indian music playing, the atmosphere was almost complete; the food was yet to come!
The Indian component of Citrique’s menu was in addition to the more popular sections of the buffet. For example, the famous seafood buffet remained unchanged, but the central chef stations displayed regional Indian specialty dishes such as Dosa made to order; Kashmiri Snapper laid out whole on a platter; curries such as Lamb Rogan Josh, Palak Paneer, Lamb Saagwala and Butter chicken; Paratha, Daal and Naan. The dessert selection was supplemented by Indian dishes such as Mango Kulfi, Rice Kheer, Gulab Jamoon and Carrot Halwa. The culinary tours provide a great opportunity to try a small portion of many dishes, our plates whisked away by our waitress Scarlett as soon as we finished each course.
Head Chef Andrew Fraser told us a little about the Marriott’s kitchen and the idea behind the culinary tour concept:
“We have the Marriott’s largest Food & Beverage department in Australia. Staff of twenty-four different nationalities work in our kitchen, so we thought it would be a great idea to use their expertise to cook their country’s classic dishes. We’ve had culinary tours of Brazil and the Philippines, and then in July we’ll visit French cuisine. It’s a great way to extend our reach to diners, by giving them a taste of cultural food in a festive atmosphere.”
The addition of rodizio to Citrique’s weekend dining also livens up the food choice. Wait staff bring around long skewers of chicken wings with tamarind chutney, spiced lamb cubes and king prawns with mint chutney; the meat has been cooked over a BBQ giving it another layer of smoky richness.
The Culinary Tour of India held in June was a celebration of Indian culture, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the Scheherazade Dancers performed throughout the dinner session and the festive Whole Goat Biryani was served. Selva told us that the Goat biryani is a special celebratory dish often served at weddings and feasts. The goat has been baked slowly in the oven for 8 – 10 hours before being added to the rice for further cooking. It’s a magnificent dish, impressively served in a huge cauldron.
The Marriott periodically holds culinary adventure featuring world cuisines. The Culinary Tour de France will take place at Citrique from 10 – 19 July. Why not get a group together and join in the celebration!
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Marj Osborne dined as a guest of Surfers Paradise Marriott. Cost of the buffet is $80 – $85 per person, or ‘Two for the price of one’ for Marriott card holders.
Read more of Marj’s reviews on Good Food Gold Coast http://www.foodgoldcoast.com.au