Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Looking for a Sunday brunch in Delhi ?

You have an option where you could find some good Lebanese mezze, a variety of salads with some good cold cuts and cheese and Italian, Indian and Mediterranian main course spreads. Let me tell you where I was this Sunday.

Once again a bunch of Delhi bloggers met for a leisurely gupshup session and to sample a Sunday Brunch. Good company good food.The place was Cafe on 3 at Double Tree by Hilton.

Sid Khullar of Chef at Large, Parul Pratap Shrazi of The Shirazine, Charis Alfred Bhagianathan of Culinary Storm and  Rekha Kakkar of  My Tasty Curry make a good bunch of people on a weekend talking about food and vegetarianism and how a Ravioli that was a Torellini in fact, was looking unappetising when dunked in a beetroot sauce, the only attraction was the perfect sliver of a Parmesan :-)
We all agreed on this one. More or less.

The Cafe has introduced a Sunday brunch that looks quite good for families with young kids too. Some live counters whipping up chaats and kerala appam by the poolside would be good for parents who find a sit down meal difficult with kids.Some action going on is always interesting.

A nice cozy feeling as I entered because an assortment of fresh breads on display was the first thing I noticed. Always a nice feeling for someone who loves to bake breads.

The ambiance is good, would have been better if it was a winter's day. Third floor dining hall with a terrace attached and an infinity pool is a good sight and one wants to linger on if the sun is not so harsh.

The food was good. There was quite a variety in terms of cuisine as well as dishes.

I liked the refreshing salad counter with many dips and cheeses (not in picture) on the right side.

This Shawarma from the Lebanese mezze counter was good , the roasted eggplant salad with feta on the side I liked particularly.

The continental fare included Herb roasted baby potatoes, sauteed vegetables, Pan seared Polenta with tomato coulis, Cottage cheese steak with Bar-be-que sauce, Grilled fish with butter caper sauce, Pan seared tenderloin steak thyme jus and Braised lamb shank with star anise sauce.

Each one of these was really very good, the Polenta I liked particularly as it was quite moist and seeped well in the tomato coulis. Everything on this counter was great.

I tried the Aleppy fish curry with appam in the last and that was such an awesome preparation that I forgot to click a picture. True complement to the dish I devoured slowly. The vegetable stew was great too, very mild spicing, very coconutty and absolutely yummy for me. Highly recommended.

North Indian menu was looking great but couldn't taste as I was quite full by this time.

In the Oriental menu I liked the Lamb with hot garlic sauce , quite succulent and flavorful.

Other dishes on the Oriental menu were Chicken with burnt chilli sauce and mixed vegetables with sichuan sauce and fried rice and hakka noodles etc. I could never taste them all but the menu is certainly tempting.

Most attractively displayed were the desserts, or is it always the case?

Or may be I like those tiny individual serving bowls better :-)

And these assorted dried and fresh fruits, biscotti and short breads to coat with the hot melted chocolate from this fountain that is not in the frame. I like.

Coated some strawberries and felt like a kid :-)

Other desserts I particularly liked were the Coconut mousse , the light, fluffy texture and mild sweet taste, exactly the way I like. And a sprinkling of roasted coconut powder. Perfect. A must try.

Second was an equally light but more moist strawberry mousse. I finished the bowl. Recommended.

Others on the desserts counter were a Linzer tart, Mango mascarpone cream, a Vanilla panacotta with assorted fruits as a topping and English fruit cake.

Kheer, Boondi laddoo, Khoya burfi and even Balu shahi were there if you like the Indian sweets.

Priced at INR1100 plus taxes(without alcoholic beverages) and INR1300 plus taxes (with alcoholic beverages) per person. I see a good value for money as there is a lot to choose from and you would definitely find something you like.

Location Mayur vihar, New Delhi.


  1. Even more delicious than all the food you describe seems to the gathering of the greats at your table :)

    1. Yes Swati. Good company make the food enjoyable. Everything else in life too :-)