Food Review: Sunday Brunch at Latitude is a mega affair
At Latitude you will be spoilt for choice as they have a wide variety of cuisines which would satiate the ‘glutton’ in you.
Though every star hotel offers a brunch on Sunday, we had ample of options to choose within the city limits. But I and my girls (we were five of us….what fun) chose the furthest we could drive listening to Pitbull and Gaga all the way. We drove all the way to International Tech Park to arrive at Vivanta by Taj (our brunch venue).
And as we entered we spotted Latitude, which was just around the corner overlooking the most beautiful pool, I had seen in the recent times. The all day dinning space is so magnificent that it instantly made us happy high. The décor is extremely contemporary and the seating is so well arranged that from almost any corner of the venue, you can see the colossal glass windows touching the sky.
Natural light reflects every bend of the space filling it with a perfect Sunday vibe.
Latitude, as the name suggests gives you a ‘freedom’ to choose from the lavish spread that they have on display. The array of food ranges from Mediterranean, Continental, Indian and Far Eastern fare. Chef Arzooman Irani simply goes out of his way every Sunday by bringing the best he and his team could do to add to the menu for a gastronomic experience. The spread is so incredibly large that we were dumbfounded with the variety of food on display which extended from almost from the start to the finish of the restaurant. Latitude has an interactive kitchen with multi level display counters, mood lightings and a high definition TV screen to boast.
As we seated ourselves we couldn’t stop twittering like birds. It was like a cherry on our dark chocolate cake. We started our brunch experience with a veg Moroccan spiced chickpea soup, which was a perfect blend of chickpeas and cream with Moroccan spices. The non-veg Magiritsa soup comprised of lamb broth with red onions, peppers, egg plant and dill leaves which set our taste buds rolling. The spread of breads and crispi’s were so intimidating that we just didn’t know what to try and what to leave. We helped ourselves with almost everything like Basil foccacia, flat bread, pita, ciabatta, baguette rolls and soft rolls with tantalizing dips like hummus, muoutabel, muhammara, babaganouj, labneh, feta and spinach and marinated olives (a must try ).
There was a huge counter of grills offering Beef souvlaki, where seasoned beef cubes were arranged in skewers with tomatoes and onions. We also sampled the shish tawook, a dish of Arabic chicken skewer along with fish chermoula, fish darnes and oysters. Later we also scoffed the assorted marinated veggie kebabas, which were nice and tangy. The Indian counter was again massive which offered authentic Mediterranean vegetables in lemony tomato and olive cous cous, eggplant mousakka, Dal Kabila, Veg biriyani, Aloo gobi and paneer pasanda.
We were so overwhelmed by the epicurean delight that we chose to take a little while before we strolled towards the dessert counter! Sinful! After almost an hour of non-stop gossiping we walked towards the dessert section and we were in for a pleasant surprise. They had around ten different things to try like baklava, basbousa, duo of white and dark chocolate, fig and honey tart, vanilla pannacotta and tiramisu. Oh! God we yelped, and yes we were spoilt for choice. And the list did not end there, as they also had an array of Indian sweets like gajar ka halwa, gulab jamoon, rajbogh, sandesh, malai patties and ice-cream.
Do I even have to tell how it all tasted? Well if I can sum it in just one sentence than it would be, “We were in a state of trance, extremely blissful’ satiating our sweet tooth. They also have a separate room for kids with sweet fancy treats like impressive muffins, pastas, fries, pastries etc. The kids were seen having a gala time as they played their favourite games on the play stations. Few of them were seen at the art and craft stall, where the tiny tots were learning to make greeting cards.
The three hour long brunch was one-of-its-kind experience that I and my friends would remember for a very long time. We were so impressed by the impeccable food and the immaculate hospitality that it simply left us overjoyed as we drove back to the city.
A brunch for one without alcohol will cost Rs 950/- + taxes
A brunch for one with alcohol will cost Rs 1250/- + taxes