EATING OUT A Sunday brunch that stretches to early evening and offers 126 dishes
After a hectic week, packed with a litany of tasks to do, one always looks forward to a a relaxed Sunday brunch where you can spend some quality time with your family and enjoy good food.
To have a taste of this experience, I go to the 24/7 restaurant at The Lalit in New Delhi which apparently has one of the longest and the largest Sunday brunch menus in town for the month of April. I make an extra effort to walk through the 130-odd feet of buffet spread and end up counting 126 dishes! The best part is that this Sunday brunch extends beyond the usual 3.00 p.m. limit and thus becomes the only place in town where you can enjoy a wide spread in a five-star restaurant and watch the crisp afternoon sun melt into an early evening. The menu has almost all the world cuisines in it. I start with some salads. A nice and fresh Greek salad set me up for the starters. I walk to the alfresco area where the live BBQ is set up. Out of the 30-odd options to choose from, I play it simple and ask the chef to make a platter of his favourite dishes emphasising that I like red meat more.
Till my BBQ is done, I have some fresh fruits and watch the live smoke and flames come out of my tenderloin steak. After a while, the chef delivers me my platter. Without any further delay I pierce my fork into the tender and juicy tenderloin steak. Infused with thyme and garlic, the steak has nice, subtle flavours.
Next on my plate is the mint and pepper crusted New Zealand lamb chop which you would love to its core. After enjoying my steaks and satisfying the carnivorous instinct in me, I take a break before shifting my attention to the main course. I go for a mix of Chinese and Indian dishes. Sliced basa in Schezwan sauce is a delight to have with steamed rice. Palak gosht is flavourful but dal makhni has scope for better taste. I like the biryani here too. Aromatic and delicious. But nothing beats the dessert section in a brunch. Chocolate tarts or the colourful pastry section, I taste almost all of them.
Timings: Every Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Contact no.: 011-4444 7777 (ext. 331)
Where: The Lalit New Delhi, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Tariff: Rs.3000 + taxes per person