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Brunch with a fizz

Fusion 9 presents The Champagne Brunch, an unlimited cuisine and cocktail spread on Sundays

THINK CELEBRATION, think champagne. This sparkling wine that takes its name from the province in East France (it was produced here for the first time in the16th Century) is a preferred drink the world over to celebrate good times.

Fusion 9 presents The Champagne Brunch with the Indian champagne Marquise de Pompadour, for folks who would like to unwind after a really long week and in style. The brunch comprises an elaborate cuisine and cocktail spread. "This is a contemporary style buffet. Nothing is pre-cooked. It's more of an a la carte affair, where the guest can choose from the options on the buffet, order and sit back as the food is freshly cooked. Newspapers are provided as they lounge through the different courses," says Shankar Krishnamurthy of Fusion 9. After downing the welcome drink, a champagne cocktail of the day--full bodied peach or a refreshing orange laced with lemonade, a strawberry, salt and pepper mocktail if you are a teetotaller, you can decide on the food. Eggs to order, soups and pancakes beckon you, that is, if you are in a breakfast mode.

Choose from sweet pancakes topped with honey and maple syrup or the savoury ones with olives and cheese respectively. Pita bread, whole wheat bread, Italian Foccacia bread and rolls are some of the options from the filling breadbasket. For the health freaks who swear by the treadmill, the spread holds crisp sprouts, carrots and cucumbers. Also, international salads, from a piquant Greek style marinated mushroom to a bland Italian antipasto, form a part of the spread for the curious palate.

While Dal makhni and Paneer tikka with Indian breads is a popular combo here for a robust brunch, the guests can choose from pastas, pizzas and stir-fry options here interspersed with unlimited drinks--straight vodka, beer, fruit juices and soft drinks. For desserts, the buffet offers peppermint mousse, black forest, ice creams and fruit salads. On the whole, one finds that the spread presents international flavours complemented with world music at the lounge bar.

"The whole deal is about providing a relaxed meal. You spend an hour on a regular meal but here you can lounge between 12 noon and 4 p.m. And at Rs. 396 plus taxes, about Rs. 400, this is a value-for-money proposition especially if you look at the unlimited cocktails part of the fare with champagne. The response has been promising. " says Shankar.

For reservations you can reach Fusion 9, # 6-3-249/A, 1st Avenue, Road #1, Banjara Hills, on Tel: 55577722. Bon appetit.

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Raise a toast

Occasion: The Champagne Brunch

Venue: Fusion 9, # 6-3-249/A, 1st Avenue, Road #1,

Banjara Hills,

Tel: 55577722

Time: 12 noon to 4 p.m. Every Sunday

Tariff: Rs. 396 (plus taxes)


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