Do you know how old the concept of brunch is? Nearly 120 years! The word appeared in print for the first time in the US in 1896. “The latest ‘fad’ is to issue invitations for a meal called ‘brunch…a repast at 11 o’clock a.m.,” a column in the New Oxford, an old Pennsylvania newspaper explained. In India, the concept reached much much later and in Kolkata, I think it has been only a couple of years since restaurants and hotels introduced elaborate Sunday brunches. And one of the best in the city right now is The Big Apple Brunch at Serafina, inspired by the iconic New York style Sunday brunches.
Sunday brunches are meant to be leisurely, long-drawn affairs with a lot of food and drinks. At Serafina, the menu is pretty elaborate. One can enjoy a range of appetizers, salads, pizzas, entrees, pastas and desserts in addition to traditional breakfast items like eggs and pancakes. The meal also includes a complimentary single glass of sangria/cocktail/mocktail/breezer. If you’re looking for something extra, a list of Diageo cocktails created by Maxime Grivel can be paired with every course, for added price.
I was invited by the management to an influencer meet at Serafina and enjoyed the brunch with some lovely people. It is hard to pick out favorites from the menu but if you really want my recommendation, try the Calamari Aglio Olio (crispy fried calamari tossed in garlic and chilli flakes), scrambled eggs with bacon, the iconic Serafina pizzas, the cheesy alfredo or pesto pasta, herbed grilled chicken and the subtle Lemongrass Creme Brulee.
The Big Apple Brunch
Serafina, Quest mall
Rs 999-plus per person