Brunches are all about lingering at your tables for hours on end. Hedonistic all-afternoon affairs, brunches are meant to put you at ease and take care of the wicked hangovers as well. To cater to the discerning diner top restaurants at five-star addresses are laying out boozy brunches featuring all-you-can-eat buffets and lavish dessert spreads. So, chuck your busy weekday routines and hotfoot it to your nearest brunch destination this Sunday.
Price - Lazy Sunday Breakfast/Brunch starts at Rs 2,300, plus taxes per person.
Food hall AnnaMaya, which pays homage to locally-sourced ingredients, has on offer the Lazy Sunday Breakfast/Brunch that is on from 6.30 am to 4.00 pm, every Sunday as well as on significant celebratory days. The main draw is a selection of grilled meats, seafood, vibrant salads, light modern curries, coffees, lassies and re-imagined cocktails. The dessert section’s highlight is retro-themed sweet dishes. There is also a Beverage Bar serving spiced lassies, smoothies, fruit punches and lemonades for a spot of detoxification.
Prices per person -
Rs 3250, plus taxes for the non-alcoholic package
Rs 3750, plus taxes for sparkling wine, wine, spirits package
Rs 4250, plus taxes, for champagne, wine, spirits package
Timing - 12.30pm -3.30 pm on Sunday
Buffets are to die for here. Four live stations (pasta, pizza, burrata and dessert) cater to every food fantasy, dishing out custom-made fare for the brunch lover. But if you want to go healthy, an overflowing salad bar will come to your rescue (think lettuce, salad dressings, olives, four different cheese and homemade jams). Sharing space in the buffet are cold cuts as well as a mind-boggling variety of grilled fare, which includes four vegetarian, four meat/poultry and two seafood delicacies. The whole affair is capped off with a roast of the day. For your sweet tooth indulgence, there is a live dessert counter and 16 other desserts. Drinks include soft beverages along with all kinds of alcohol in unlimited quantities, including Moët & Chandon Champagne, depending on the buffet package you opt for.
1911, The Imperial
Price - Rs 3500, all inclusive per person
Timing - 12noon -2:45pm
You are spoilt for choice at 1911’s Sunday brunch, which features a display of raw seafood and fish like Rainbow trout, clams, mussels, squids, perch, mackerel and scallops. What’s more, the fresh seafood is cooked, taking into account individual preferences (steamed, baked, grilled etc.) Another highlight here is the medley of starters and salads that are served as dainty portions, as well as specially-crafted healthy dishes. Home cured and preserved cold meats, home smoked duck and salmon complement the buffet’s non-alcoholic hangover shots. In case you dig world cuisines there’s Mediterranean mezze selection/ shawarma, Sunday roast, live grills, Churrasco and seasonal barbecue to boot.
TAMRA, Shangri La's Eros Hotel
Packages per person -
Rs. 4750 plus applicable taxes (includes free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne)
Rs. 4250 plus applicable taxes (includes free flowing Moet & Chandon Champagne)
Rs. 3250 plus applicable taxes (includes free flowing cocktails, beer and mocktails)
Rs. 2300 plus applicable taxes (includes soft beverages)
Rs. 1500 plus applicable taxes (for kids buffet)
Timing - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
The free-flowing Moët & Chandon Champagne Brunch at the multi-cuisine restaurant Tamra is what diners look forward to on Sundays. On offer is Southeast Asian cuisine as well as Japanese, Indian and European fare from its five interactive cooking theatres.
The live Biryani Bar is a big hit and you can order from a choice of four different types of biryani, which is served with Mirch Ka Salan. If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine, then California maki rolls, spicy tuna sushi and ebi tempura make up the sushi platter. The buffet also pampers diners with regional dishes in its Ghar ka Khana station, featuring cuisines such as Rajasthani, Highway, Amritsari, Gujarati, Himachali and more. A chocolate fountain is a perfect cherry on the cake. There is a special menu for kids, inclusive of a do-it-yourself sundae counter.
The Qube, The Leela Palace New Delhi
Price per person - Rs 3,900 plus taxes (without alcohol), and
Rs 5,000 (with champagne and premium spirits)
Timing - 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm
The Sunday Champagne Brunch is out to woo the well-heeled with a bevy of international and local cuisines. There are soups and salads, breakfast and lunch entrees along with interesting action stations serving hand-rolled sushi, popular Indian street food, made-to-order pizzas and pasta, a variety of seasonally-inspired delicacies, desserts and more. To top it all, there is a variety of champagnes.
Diners also have the option of enjoying the brunch both indoors as well as alfresco style.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.