The FoodPorn Diaries dictionary (yes, it exists…if only in my mind!) defines ‘Brunch’ as nothing but copious amounts of Booze + Lunch, generally consumed on a Sunday, to arm yourself for the travesty of work on a Monday. Since most of us run the corporate rat race during the week, (which gives us just enough time to drag ourselves to bed every night), what better way to spend a weekend afternoon than by overcompensating? I generally don’t bother reviewing brunches because, let’s face it – everyone has the same offerings. Indian, Chinese and European cuisine served with loads of alcohol and bubbly, edging you to consume in one afternoon what you probably should be eating over a span of a week! But since so many of us are in the quest for the holy grail of Sunday Brunches, I decided to take a dive and do it for you. Starting with the brunch at M Café in the Mariott, Whitefield.
I am forced to look at the Mariott everyday because my work desk faces the large window that overlooks it! So when S invited us to brunch at the Mariott, I almost felt like it was a trap to get me to come close to office on a Sunday! I was persuaded by the fact that the brunch would include specialties’ from their new Italian restaurant – Alto Vino and that is how I caved.
We were served a very elegant puff pastry with a dip as soon as our drinks arrived. The café calls it their most famous bread. Sprinkled with sesame seeds it makes for a nice crunchy start but I don’t see what the fuss is all about. The platter of open faced sandwiches on different breads was on the dot and the Smoked Salmon and cream cheese one was my favorite. Chef Alfonso from the Alto Vino arrived with some freshly made Bruschetta and it’s hard to say no to his charming ways. The Bruschetta was fantastic, fresh and bursting with flavors. Simple ingredients that come together to tantalize your tastebuds. Alto Vino was trying to popularize true blue Italian home style cooking – if the proof is in the pudding, the bruschetta makes for a very strong spokesperson. We were served a lovely Pumpkin Ravioli later in day and it was again an ode to simple cooking.
If I had to give credit to the Mariott for getting something bang on that day – it would have to be the handling of their meats. A Tenderloin steak, Grilled Lamb Chops and Roast Beef – all impeccable in their taste and presentation and cooked to perfection. The Roast Beef was hearty and was served simply with some grilled vegetables and gravy. My Grilled Lamb Chops were served with a side of roast vegetables and couscous and definitely reminded me of exotic lands. Lamb Chops are my favorite entrée and this one did not disappoint. The crowning glory – The Tenderloin, was served with some horseradish cream and I don’t think it needed anything else. The juices kept it moist and dreamy and when cut, the pink interior was smiling smugly! ‘A’ and ‘S’ went completely silent at this point and gave their main course the due respect it deserved and polished it off!
We were all ready for desserts and I headed inside to fill up my plate. It looked like dessert land on acid. Everything was brightly coloured and shouting ‘pick me pick me’. The tendency to load up my plate with sweet treats is a battle that’s hard to win and I lost this one very easily. My plate was a smorgasbord of sugar and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I saw a lot of kids just hanging around the Gummy bears (guess who won’t be sleeping tonight! :P)
Whitefield will be thrilled to have a classy place that they can unwind in on a Sunday afternoon. The Sunday Brunch at the M Café is a treat to the senses. With Indoor and Outdoor options coupled with a separate play area for kids – you can find a space that suits the weather and your mood! The Mocktail brunch option comes in at Rs.1500/-++ and the Alcohol option at Rs.2500/-++. (The Alcohol Brunch includes Champagne). Though I found the alcohol options a tad underwhelming, the food more than makes up for it. The multi-cuisine option ensures that there’s something for everyone, but it is put together in such a way that you can choose to deep dive into one cuisine without feeling the need to hop around like a mad hatter. Or if you like cheating on your Indian Naan with your Italian Bruschetta or your Chinese dumpling – the Mariott will keep your secrets for you!
Bengaluru Mariott Hotel Whitefield
75, 8th Main Road,
Ph: 080 30412940
Parking: Valet Available
Cost: Rs.1500/-++ for the Mocktail Brunch, Rs.2500/-++ for the Alcohol Brunch