A classic Mediterranean gastronomic adventure is on offer at Olive Beach's Sunday Brunch
Sundays are days when you get off the fast lane. You wake up late, laze around and look for a quick meal that involves no exertion on your part. To make an occasion of it, you could check out the Sunday Brunch at Olive Beach, the charming old villa transformed into a Mediterranean restaurant that's very happening.The place offers a beachside ambience - sans the beach - with bright sunny interiors with shades of blue on the glass panes. You set the mood with picking from the wide range of cocktails and mocktails. The house specials will definitely leave you thirsting for more.The buffet is simple and elegant without a lavish display. The food is served in rustic-looking bowls that are not too large so that "it enables constant refills and helps you enjoy fresh offerings from the kitchen throughout your meal," says Chef Anuj Kapoor, who specialises in Spanish, Mediterranean, Italian and West Asian cuisines. And then starts your culinary journey through Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Morocco and Syria to name a few. The buffet is served between noon and 4 p.m., which is ideal for a leisurely meal. We started with tequila and champagne. The latter is complimentary offer on Sundays. What is a Mediterranean meal without wines (red and white)? Then came appletini (blend of apple schnapps and vodka), litchitini (fruity mix of litchi vodka and litchi nectar), chocotini (a blend of vodka, baileys and chocolate) and the kiwi margarita (Olive's specialty where fresh fruit kiwi marguerite is served frozen). To go with these drinks is a long list of sumptuous starters and breads, accompanied by excellent dips, in both veg and non-veg sections. Seafood buffs can bite into mussels, squids, prawns, clams and oysters. The last is served fresh and raw with vodka shooters. "One has to take that special effort to make the dish interesting," explains Anuj Kapoor. With the drinks and the food coming at a steady pace, you just slide into the comfy chairs and listen to some great jazz played by Vanshi, the in-house DJ, or some soul-stirring live music by the Music Trio till your tummy screams for the main course. For this there are live stations that include a Salumeria counter, where the finest imported cold cuts and cheese from the Mediterranean regions are served. Then there's the pasta section, grills, and the crostini bar that offers breads with delicious toppings. Here you can pick and choose your combinations or toppings.If you can't even make that much effort, simply head for the main course buffet that serves piping hot food. "The focus of the brunch is freshness in every aspect - freshest ingredients with emphasis on using seasonal ingredients and vegetables to enhance flavour; freshness in our approach to a buffet with innovations in cuisine and presentation, as well as a menu has been specially designed to recreate rustic charm of Mediterranean cuisine," beams Chef Anuj. To seal this gastronomic adventure, there is a lavish dessert section with hot waffles or churros, creamy tiramisu, a slice of gateaux or fruits. Olive Beach, at # 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, can be contacted on 41128400.Ambience: Classy and stylishService: GoodSpecialty: All thingsMediterranean Wallet factor: Rs. 1,250 per head, inclusive of drinks, taxes extraSHILPA SEBASTIAN R.