𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲:
The Sunday brunch at 𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐊𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧- 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐫𝐚𝐝 is mind-blowing in truest sense. An extensive mix of Indian, Asian, and Transatlantic menu, this brunch surely qualifies as one of the best brunch buffet spreads in Pune. The desserts are literally the icing on the cake and will satiate your sweet cravings to the tee! Although priced at a steeper range, this brunch is a must-have if you don’t mind spending some extra bucks for phenomenal food!
𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭, 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐨𝐧’𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐈’𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝:
What is the perfect way to end your weekend? Of late I have discovered that mine is a late Sunday morning followed by a lazy brunch!
A huge fan of Anthony Bourdain, it was almost blasphemous of me to attend a brunch since it’s only been a couple of days that he has gone to a better place. No, not because I am mourning incessantly after his demise, but because the man’s thoughts on a Sunday brunch are extensively known. And they are not particularly flattering.
Although I read it a long time ago, Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” has had a substantial influence on my culinary habits. The man in his book has emphasized that how Sunday brunches are nothing but a marketing gimmick that the restaurants deploy to recycle their past week’s leftovers and give their B team some kitchen time.
Marred by this ideology, I refrained from attending Sunday brunches for almost a better part of my food journey. We’ve all watched Carrie and the Sex and the City girls do their Sunday brunches over Champagne and a bowl of muesli. Maybe an exorbitant breakfast once a week gives us a taste of that allure and makes our lives a little less humdrum than they might really be. Precisely for the same reason, a part in me always wanted to break the shackles and try brunching with an open mind.
And boy was I glad that I took the leap of faith and decided to join my husband and a friend couple for the posh and eclectic Sunday brunch at Coriander Kitchen-Conrad.
The moment you enter the buffet lounge you are greeted with the choicest of desserts arranged exquisitely to entice and congratulate you on deciding to embark the remarkable gastronomical expedition. It’s almost phantasmagoric to find yourself surrounded with cakes, strudels, pies, pastries, chocolate delicacies, cheesecakes, Indian sweets, puddings, brownies, and the works. The sight surely reminded me of my childhood dream of being on a dessert mountain and gorging on the delicious sweets to my heart’s content.
The fairy tale continues to some of the most striking delicacies you can fathom: exotic cheeses, assorted cold cuts, scrumptious sea-food, the ubiquitous but delicious breakfast items, live pastas and pizzas, the ever-present chaat items, assortment of sides like papads, pickels, and condiments, the worthiest of Asian fare, the multifarious hors d’oeuvres, the delectable main course, the most potent of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, the artistically expurgated and adorned fruits, the salubrious salads, the decadent desserts, one-pot-meals such as ratatouille, biryanis, baked vegetables, and so on.
In past I’ve experienced that things that are vastly imposing are seldom inviting. But not with this spread! Each item is presented beautifully.. .so enthralling that it becomes almost sacrosanct and inviolable. But then sense prevails and when the reverie is broken you do nothing but keep on stuffing your mouth with more and more food.
My top choices:
1: Red Wine Poached Pears with Mascarpone and Candied Walnuts: red wine poached pears with, rosemary, sweet honey mascarpone, and a sweet crunchy walnut on top.
2. Crab meat Salad: Most often the crab meat salad you get is of imitation crab meat. That is a small white fish pulverized, shaped, and cured to represent the real deal. Not this one though! Sumptuous to the core!
3. Litchi Basil and Ginger Ravioli: This one is the show-stopper. A truly eccentric combination of litchi permeated with basil leaves and ginger strands. All the flavours blend congruously to create a party in your mouth.
4. The Chocolate Truffle Cake: Adore Chocolate? Then this luxurious, rich, and creamy chocolate truffle cake is for you. With a bittersweet chocolate ganache filling, this truly is an indulgence you shouldn’t miss!
5. Pistachio Chicken Terrine with Beetroot Glaze: A great and simple dish! It is perfect to change your palate considering all the other rich fare going around.
6. Prawns Cocktail: A classic never goes out of fashion! There is a strange comfort in eating prawns in a glass bowl on a bed of lettuce and tossed in with some mayonnaise and pepper. A winner all the way.
7. The lobster preparation: Forgot the name coz by the time I had it, I was surely high on food. A sure try preparation, the lobster was cooked and seasoned perfectly.
It’s almost improbable that you will be able to taste each and every item on the spread in one go. At that moment like a sudden epiphany I could make sense of the famous song by Paul Kelly “keep on coming back for more”. There is no way that you have tasted this epic spread once and you won’t desire to come back for more.
I remember watching an episode of “No Reservations” featuring “El Bulli”. In that episode Anthony Bourdain uttered a now very famous line: “I like being wrong about things”. I truly believe that the Sunday brunch at Conrad has the potential to annihilate Bourdain’s ideology for Sunday brunches.