What: A Sunday Brunch worth having
Where: The Gateway Hotel, Kolkata, from 12.3o hrs to 15.30 hrs, every Sunday
Cost: Rs. 1600/- plus taxes for alcoholic brunch and Rs. 1400/- plus taxes for non-alcoholic brunch, per head. No cost for children below 3 years. For children aged 3-8 yrs, it is Rs. 800/-.
Sundays are meant to be lazy. No hurried breakfast, no toiling in the kitchen and certainly no settling for a mediocre meal. Put all those wishes together, and the magic genie grants you a ‘Brunch’!
Last Sunday I went to Buzz, the Gateway Hotel, right at the Ruby Crossing, to have a lavish brunch on an invitation to KFB. I absolutely love their high ceilings, geometrical settings and the glass walls letting the happy sunshine come through onto the plates of hearty food.
As I looked around, I realized it is impossible to sample the entire brunch spread but readied myself to gorge on a rather long line of tempting looking dishes. The live counters doled out appams, pastas, grilled seafood, chaat, egg benedicts and waffles too. I started the meal with an Egg Benedict – the buttery bun, runny egg and the velvety hollandaise on top together were important indeed. Next I tried the appam, made on a small iron wok deftly. The appams, spongy in the middle and paper thin at the edges, served with egg masala and a coconutty vegetable stew, was delightful was undoubtedly one of my favourite dishes of the day.
Their array of salads were remarkable, but my gaze was fixed on the handsome lamb leg. The tender meat coated in a sticky glaze, with pomegranate and almond flakes strewn all over, clearly stole my heart in the first bite itself.
The Prawn Risotto Squares and the Chicken Roulade were worth tasting and the Polaos and the Gravies were great too, but I barely glided through them, saving tummy space for desserts.
If the warm, fresh waffles served with whipped cream and fruits weren’t amazing enough, the Sunderban Honey drizzled over it took it to another level altogether. The dripping honey collected through a funnel from the broken chunk of a giant bee-hive was gorgeous and literally the golden touch to the Sunday.
Chef Asish Kr. Roy, boasting of not just numerous degrees, medals and accolades, but also of more than 25 years of experience in the industry, is the Executive Chef here, and the finesse of the food bear testimony of his competence. Also, the experience was uplifted a few notches further with Lorena’s beautiful voice presenting Jazz, Pop, Blues, Latin and Retro Classics, one after the other.
So this Brunch at the Gateway Hotel is the perfect way to jazz up lazy Sundays, and I would personally recommend Kolkata peeps to give this a try.