A Picturesque Brunch at Courtyard by Marriott

The brunch at Courtyard by Marriott comes with a view. The works of three photographers are on display, they are from different countries but live in India. Their lenses capture the essence of India, showing us the different faces and facets of this country through their eyes.

Adam Barr is from the UK and lives in Pune. Faces fascinate him and that's the subject of many of his photographs, like the one of the two men at the Pushkar Camel Fair at Rajasthan and their contrasting coloured moustaches. Or the one of the man, his face a picture of concentration, engrossed in his craft of making a drum frame at Meerut. Adam's favourite photograph is the one he had taken of the Shivling at Gaumukh. He captures the majesty of the mountain as well as makes one aware of climate change when he points out how much the glacier has retreated in recent times. (adambarr.xyz)

Hellmuth Conz teaches photography at Bangalore. The collection he has displayed at the hotel is titled "Hurried Break". His pictures convey a sense of motion, a reminder that our lives are so hurried that even when we take a break, the quality of stillness evades us. (Hellmuth Conz Photography on Facebook)

Magali Couffon de Trevros is French and she too lives at Bangalore. In all her photographs, her subjects hold up a mirror but the mirror does not capture the holder, but how she sees them and the story they convey. She herself is never in the frame; her photographs are well composed, reflecting the ordinary lives her subjects lead and the splashes of colour that sometimes come into their lives. For her, this is how we celebrate our differences. (www.magali.in)

Chocolate cameras

Executive Chef Sushant Kote and his team displayed creativity of the culinary kind. They had got the details of their cameras down pat. Crafted in chocolate and brushed with gold luster dust, they too are works of art.

Pop art in chocolate

Nut coated chocolate

Coloured mantou buns with a choice of fillings

As for the food, the extensive buffet served the food of these countries as well as some Indian favourites. Multicoloured buns with a choice of fillings caught the eye and indulged the palate. Pickled cucumbers were a delicious contrast to the fairly spicy fillings.

Test tubes and syringes at the chaat lab

Sausage fest

The balance beam with appetisers
One off the beam: Mutton purple with olive dust 
International cuisine: very English shepherd's pie, French lamb navarin, bratkartoffeln from Germany

Main courses include pasta, Chinese, Indian breads and curries including a very delicious biryani.

Tending the bar with some amazing cocktails

Summer Bliss with elderflower and vodka

French Opéra; English trifle and lemon tart; pavlova

Desserts on display were such works of art by themselves. An Opéra log, trifle with a twist, tarts, chocolates, gâteaux, cheesecake and Indian sweets too. On the chocolate coated branches of twigs, pictures of desserts from the three countries were clipped on. All edible of course, except for the clothes clip!

Clip art

The Picturesque Brunch will be on at Courtyard by Marriott every Sunday till October 28th at Paprika Cafe. The brunch is from 12.30 - 4 pm. Prior booking is strongly recommended.

For reservations, do contact +91 7338836320 / 9500127909.

*This was an invited review 


  1. Oh wow, you got to meet the photographers is it? Lucky you.. the photos were the highlight and only good thing about the brunch.. sigh...

    1. Yes, I did meet all three. The brunch that day was very good too.


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