Jonathan’s Kitchen at Holiday Inn Express & Suites just made the end of the weekend a lot more fun with its new Sunday Brunch set menu and free flow of spirits priced at an steal deal of Rs.999 all inclusive.
The plated service includes unlimited supply of assorted starters, a salad, soup, main course and dessert. As is quite evident from the multi-cuisine gamut of starters, there’s a palate pleaser for everyone – Achari Paneer Tikka, Falafel Kebab, Crispy Corn, Nawabi Shikampuri, Satay Chicken and Foccacia Al Polllo. The Falafel could do with a bit more fresh herbs and the Nawabi Shikampuri with bit less sour cream to augment the taste of the meat, which is primarily what shikampuri kebabs are about anyway.
For salads there’s a tough choice between Caesar’s Salad and Insalata Rucola, both equally good.
However when it comes to the choice of soup – Tom Yum Goong and Zucchini Ala Parmigiana, the latter wins hands down.
Vegetarians are spoilt for choice between a Tagliolini Pesto, Pizza Margarita, Asian Greens with Tofu in Spicy Red Chilli Sauce served with garlic fried rice, a Veg Burger and Veg Biryani. My favourite was the Pizza Margarita.
And for meat-eaters, there’s Penne Alfredo, Spring Chicken served with grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes, Thai Red Curry served with steamed rice, Chicken Burger and Mutton Biryani. If the last option gets your undivided attention, you’ve passed the ‘I’m a Hyderabadi’ test!
Desserts aren’t much to write home about – Gulab Jamun (although I must say it was a more than generous sized orb of-sweet-temptation), Blueberry Cheesecake or ice creams in the usual flavours.
There’s room for improvement on certain dishes on the menu, but considering Executive Chef Navin’s forte of continental cuisine and prior experience of working the kitchens of a luxury cruise liner, all he needs is a few tweaks here and there and it’ll be smooth sailing for this already quite popular Sunday Brunch.
Getting to the choice of poison, there’s free flow of draught, Kingfisher Premium and Ultra beer, vodka, white or dark rum, gin, Antiquity whisky, and cocktails with the same brands.
This is definitely one Sunday brunch you wouldn’t want to drive to. Because Jonathan’s Kitchen’s new Sunday Brunch set menu and steady free flow of drinks is sure to leave you Komatose – ‘a condition brought about by excessive inebriation, where the victim is rendered incapable of coherent speech or thought. Physical movement is restricted to bending the elbow’. Yup, you definitely wouldn’t want to drink and drive.
After all, a few hours from this indulgent gastronomic brunch, and its back to just another manic Monday…