Quick Bytes: Five Course Sunday Brunch at Jonathan’s Kitchen

Sunday Brunches have become a rage in Hyderabad – there is a tremendous demand and almost all well-known fine dine restaurants have their own versions of it. Jonathan’s Kitchen has brought in the concept of a Five Course Sunday Brunch, where you can have a limited food menu and unlimited drinks at a value-for-money all inclusive price of Rs 999.

Chicken Satay
Chicken Satay

The reason for this initiative is that there is a need in the market for VFM brunch, and a lavish spread will always be high priced.  Often we desire a huge spread, but end up trying maybe just about half of the dishes. Sometimes we enjoy just the cocktails with starters, and do not bother much about the mains.

So, here a number of popular dishes have been put together from various cuisines, to provide a limited but delightful experience. Whereas the starters and select drinks are unlimited, one has to choose one soup and salad, one main course and a dessert.

Achari Paneer Tikka
Achari Paneer Tikka

Invited to a blogger’s table for the launch of the Sunday Brunch, I settled down with a draught beer to have a look at the menu. We were told that the diners have the option of enjoying the starters and drinks at Komatose the adjoining pub, and then come to Jonathan’s Kitchen for the main course. The range of starters looked very interesting with six items from different cuisines like Mediterranean, oriental as well as Indian. The alcohol options included in the brunch were draught as well as bottled beer, and quite a choice of IMFL including Smirnoff, Bacardi, Blue Riband and Antiquity.

Focaccia Al Pollo
Focaccia Al Pollo

Among the starters for the day, the Chicken Satay was juicy and very well prepared with a nice marinade. The peanut dip served with it provided the perfect foil. Achari Paneer Tikka again excelled with the tangy masala and the right texture of the paneer.

Falafel
Falafel

The Focaccia Al Pollo looked very inviting, and especially the quality of the bread was good. Falafel was slightly too dry for my liking. The Shikampur was first served opened up with extra hung curd, and it tasted even better in the second round when we asked for it without the curd.

Insalata Rucola
Insalata Rucola

For salad, the choices were Caesar’s Salad and Insalata Rucola. Both were fairly simple and adequate. I loved the vegetarian soup Zucchini Ala Parmigiana – the thick green zuppa had a nice consistency and taste. The Thai Tom Yum was not one of the best I had.

Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken

In the main courses, you have to choose one of the ten items – five each in vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Since there were quite a few of us, we got to taste a little of many of the items. I chose the Grilled Chicken with veggies and mashed potatoes. I enjoyed the dish – chicken was well prepared and especially the sauce tasted real nice.

Taglioni Al Pesto
Taglioni Al Pesto

Among the food the others had ordered, Tagliolini Al Pesto was appreciated by most. The topping of the Pizza Margherita needed some improvement. I loved both the oriental dishes – Greens with Tofu in Chili Sauce served with fried rice and Prawns in Thai Red Curry with steamed rice. There were burgers and biryanis too, but I was too full to try these.

The Oriental Main Courses

My choice of dessert was Blueberry Cheesecake. Gulab Jamun and Ice Cream were the other two dishes available.

Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry Cheesecake

The biggest plus for the brunch is definitely the price – you do not get such a spread at this range. Also, it is a bonanza for people who enjoy their drinks, the unlimited drinks and unlimited starters make a potent combo for them on a Sunday afternoon.

Giant Porn Star Martini
Giant Porn Star Martini

You also have the option of ordering at extra cost the awesome cocktails from Komatose, such as the Seven Deadly Sins (the chilli infused Lust is my favorite here). If you are adventurous try the Complete Koma or in a group savour their Giant Porn Star Martini.  Finally, the brunch is truly multi-cuisine, the restaurant has taken care that there is something for every palate, even the biryani is there. I have a feeling that they have a winner in their hand. The brunch is on every Sunday 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Location:
Jonathan’s Kitchen
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Near Wipro circle
Gachibowli Hyderabad
Telephone 91003 20769

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant. However, the opinion expressed in the post are honest and unbiased.

Also read: Seven Deadly Sins of Komatose



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