The Sunday Brunch at the Movenpick Hotel & Spa, turned out to be the first Brunch of 2016 for me. I’ve been taking French classes over the weekend and it pretty much consumes the best part of the day. May 1st was declared a class holiday and I used that opportune moment to take a break and catch up with my friends over lots of food and drink. The newly launched brunch menu by Chef Rayomund promised over 250 different dishes. I was probably not going to sample each and every one of them, but it was encouraging to know I’d have a smorgasbord of delicacies to indulge in.
If you live anywhere in Bangalore that’s not North Bangalore – the hotel is far far away. Because of the benevolent mood I was in, I attributed the one hour fifteen-minute drive to get there, as a sort of prelude to an out of town picnic. On arriving at the venue, the first thing that you see is the dessert counter! If you are feeling crabby, I suggest getting a small dessert to start the day. Or just flag down the on-demand Cocktail trolley and get the very affable mixologist to make you a sugary cocktail. We tried the popular Pomegranate & Rosemary Martini and followed it up with a lovely Ginger Pineapple concoction. My favourite from the Cocktail trolley was the Apple Cinnamon Cocktail reminiscent of Apple Pie! The trolley is in high demand, so if you are left waiting too long for your drink, the waiters will be happy to get you other cocktails, beers, wine or champagne from the main bar. I finally settled on some bubbly (they serve Sula) and sank into the bucket chairs.
Owing to the summer heat, the brunch was entirely indoors. The area in the middle was reserved for live counters & grills and tables of four and six fanned out around this cooking island. While this arrangement does prevent heatstroke, I still missed the charm of an outdoor area. The redeemer however, was the separate Kids Section. An entire room dedicated to the kids with everything to keep them happy and occupied – play areas, activity areas, lounging and sleeping areas and even a mini buffet with Milk shakes, Fresh Juices, Sandwiches, French fries, Chicken Nuggets, Pizzas and more. Considering we didn’t see the kids the whole afternoon and they even managed to eat from the buffet – I give the effort 10/10!
The adults were of course spoilt for choice. There was an exhaustive Cheese selection (this being a Swiss owned hotel – I would expect nothing less!) and a fantastic Parma ham, Arugula and Mascarpone Pizza on offer. We still talk about how delicious the pizza was, days after the brunch was over! (P.S. I have raved about the quality of Pizzas from My Place in an earlier post as well). The Asian section which had a variety of maki rolls and dim sums caught my attention. The Salmon Maki and the Crispy Prawn Maki were the best of the lot. The dim sums though tasty, were more akin to momos in appearance and texture. The Shawarma station also saw its fair share of patrons. Though the crowd puller was definitely the fluffy Pita and the variety of middle eastern dips on offer. The Tabbouleh and was exceptional and I went back a couple of times for it.
The Chaat counters saw a huge fan following. Pani Puri, Dahi Puri, Papdi chaat, Aloo Tiki, Samosa, Kachoris, Dahi Bhalla and Jalebi. Sigh… if my friends hadn’t pulled me back to my seat, I probably would have spent my entire afternoon hanging around the hot Aloo Tikis and Jalebis. Even the Delhite in the group vouched for the yummy Aloo Tiki’s … so I was not far out in professing my love.
If there was a common theme in the Brunch – it was the excellent Seafood. Every single variety we tried was super fresh and cooked to perfection. Grilled Calamari, Indian Salmon Tawa Fry, Hariyali Basa Tandoori Prawns, to name a few. Even the cold Seafood counter was a hit. Oyster aficionados will be happy to know that they can gorge on some of the most succulent and delicious raw oysters I have tried in a long time in Bangalore. If that’s not something you fancy, you still have an array of seafood salads, boiled tiger prawns, Mussels and fish to keep your inner sea devils happy. Like the Seafood offerings, another area Movenpick seems to have hit the jackpot is their Grill and Tandoor counter. The team that was manning this area did a fabulous job of turning out some delicious, succulent and perfectly cooked meat. A whole Roast leg of Pork was another pretty sight and the caramel crackling was completely drool worthy.
The rest of the space was interspersed with Italian, Indian and Chinese sections. So all your heartwarming carb filled fare of pastas, noodles, dosas and biriyanis are still up for grabs. They even have a German/ Swiss Spatzle – which is a diminutive hand-rolled egg noodle popularly eaten with a meat gravy. I saw a perfect beef stew beside it and the combination would have made a beef lover ecstatic. Unfortunately, we had overindulged with the Seafood and the Grills and hardly had any room for a proper main course.
Two things happened when we finally got to the dessert counter. A] We were stuffed to the gills and B] We realized that the Movenpick Ice Cream Cart didn’t actually serve the famed Movenpick Ice Cream. (We promptly expressed our disappointment to the hotel and they intend to rectify this gaff pretty soon). So with heavy hearts we settled down to our Chocolate Nutella tarts, Mango Pastries, Crème Brulees and other goodies. To compensate for our sad faces, we got a round of champagne and a plate of hot Jalebis sent over to the table! And that’s what is called making up in style!
The Sunday Brunch at the Movenpick Spa and Hotel is on from 12 noon to 3:30 PM. They have differential pricing for the alcohol brunch and the champagne brunch, but prices start at a very affordable 1500 plus taxes. With a band playing some live music and the separate kids section, the Brunch is an all-round Family Entertainer.
Movenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore
115, Gokula Extension,
BEL Circle, Bangalore 560054
Phone : +91 80 4300 1000
Cost : INR 1500/++ for the Brunch
Valet Parking available.