Brunch, The Italian Way

There is something about Sunday brunches that I associate with relaxed luxury. It is an unhurried meal; usually has a vast spread, some exotic cocktails, and, I can spend two hours or more, just eating, and not feel guilty about it. And, the new Sunday Brunch launched at Tre-Forni, Park Hyatt’s Italian restaurant, qualifies on all the counts that define a gourmet meal, had at a leisurely pace.

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Put together superlatively by Michele Prevedello, Executive Chef, and Daniele Macioce, Chef De Cuisine, the brunch can be experienced at the Al fresco terrace dining area and inside, in the main restaurant, to the beat of Ibiza lounge music.

Instead of wines, there are a bunch of cocktails you can choose from; I had the Spicy Mary, a fiery mix of vodka, Sriracha sauce, vinegar and light soya sauce. Living up to its name, the drink was spicy, but it gets all your tastebuds tingling; and the fiery element can be offset with some olive bread.

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The spread is vast, and that is understating it. There are 32 options in desserts alone!  I didn’t know where to start. So I stuck to the conventional route and went for the antipasti first. The ones I recommend are the Mixed lettuce, Poached Pear, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Salad, with Balsamic dressing; Sliced Bocconcini with Tomato, and Basil Pesto [one of my favourites]; and the Confit Salmon, with Potato, Olives and Celery with Lemon Dressing.

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There are plenty of appetisers, a selection of grills, a live pasta counter, pizzas, gnocchi and spaghetti, some home style soups, a selection of hams and cheeses, one pot stews and more. There are also live counters where you can toss your own salad or have a pasta made with ingredients of your choice.

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I would say, give the pizzas a miss this time round. Instead, try the unusual Herb Crusted Betki, served with Roasted Tomatoes, Baked Potatoes, Roasted Mushrooms, and Lemon Caper Sauce; an array of meats and seafood, freshly grilled and served at your table; Spaghetti with Anchovies; Salmon Ravioli, Potato Gnocchi, with Blue Cheese Sauce and Walnuts; various focaccia breads, etc.

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Luckily, the desserts are displayed near the bar area, at the entrance, so you can take a good look at those enticing little bites even before you start your meal. Eat as much as you like, but, whatever else you miss, don’t miss the desserts. Dark Chocolate Vortex, Coconut Mousse, Panacotta, Coffee Chocolate Cake, Assorted Chocolates, Profiteroles, and many more. Take tiny bite-sized portions if you must, but do try out as many as you can.

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For those of you who like a hearty Italian meal, and have the time on any given Sunday, the brunch at Tre-Forni at Rs 2850 plus taxes per person, is an experience to be savoured with each delicious bite.

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Every Sunday

Venue: Tre-Forni Restaurant & Bar

Timing: 12 pm to 4 pm

Price: Rs 2850 per person plus taxes

For Reservations, call: +9140 4949 1222