DESSERT TRAIL….Sunday brunch at the Intercontinental

I always look forward to a SUNDAY BRUNCH, the idea of a gourmet spread of food in a laid back atmosphere, interspersed with some eclectic conversation is most appealing.20170122_160534

It brings back immediate memories of buffets and brunches, with elaborate menus, that I visited in my growing years.It was my silent seduction to the food world,I would say.

Enter the simply, elegant and beautiful Intercontinental at the marine drive,Mumbai.Bright warm vibes that start with the visuals of fresh flowers.

I move to LONG AND SHORT,the well-lit sea facing all day dining restaurant.

As I cross the draught (draft) beer keg, a display of well constructed appetizers and salads greet me.Beer on tap weaves into the atmosphere of this Sunday brunch.

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Draught beer…three brews !

Avocado and apple salsa on a chilled watermelon disk

Chicken liver pate with red wine poached pears

Cold appetizer spread

The best tapas of the day,TOMATO BOCCONCINI SALAD….with edamame,pesto and fresh tomato gelee

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Cheese and crudites bar

Nut crusted goat cheese ball on roasted red peppers

Melting soft seafood roulade made in-house

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                            Fresh juice shots support the appetizer and cheese array

My smiling,table attendant presents a selection of hot starters from the kitchen.

An unlimited range of starters arrives one by one.

For the pizza lovers

Spicy stir fried chicken

Vegetarian tempura

Perfect Arancini… cheesy Italian rice balls

kebab corner signature mutton seekh kebab

Char-coaled paneer tikka

Fresh cocktails and mock-tails upon request

A second  helping of mix greens and fresh strawberry salad  with seafood roulade

I always say, a second helping counts as food appreciation and not gluttony 🙂

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Midway the live band duo arrives. As they sing “stand by me “…..I move to the main course section, displayed in warm chaffing dispensers.I can see the traditional “kali dal with hot steamed Basmati chawal”. A bite of this, and I am looking out for the chef, who made this bottle worthy dal to perfection.

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Slow cooked kali dal……the taste that explains the name”maa ki dal”

Semolina gnocchi…melting soft, second helping is a must !

Roasted duck with salsa verde, vegetables and sweet potato mash

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Tender off the bone mutton Kohlapuri

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Breezy view of Marine drive from the sunny patio

The wisely planned main course section,has  a blend of Indian,oriental and international options.

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Oriental alternatives

Aha a, finally…..I head to the dessert counter.I see colorful, flavor ridden slickly presented desserts.

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The striking beautifully constructed “Entremet”…..a multi layered dessert torte !

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The pastry chef giving his finishing touches to the abundant dessert spread

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Chocolate passion fruit cremeux tarts

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Distinctive design…..mango panacotta glasses with exotic fruits and passion fruit foam

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Almond phirnee with mango glaze

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Red velvet petit gateaux

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Loved this…Brownie toffee iced with hazelnut panacotta

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Chocolate coconut truffles with chocolate coated strawberries

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Coconut white chocolate mousse

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In the corner was a delicious,piping hot, ghee laden moong dal halwa…..not in the picture

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The show stopper, undoubtedly, was the “BASIL STRAWBERRY ENTREMET”, a magical soft basil bavarois with fresh strawberry insert,vanilla cake,neon green mirror glaze,blushing pink cocoa spray, isomalt shards, meringue batons encased with white chocolate wave

A Sunday brunch,that seemed like an extended party !

Taste this at The Intercontinental,Marine drive,Mumbai.

Goodbye till my next review.

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