Brunch. A term coined up in Britain around the late 1800′s by Hunter’s Weekly, before becoming a student slang. Others have cited that it was in fact invented by New York Morning Sun reporter Frank Ward O’Malley based on the typical eating habits of his colleague. But if you asked me, I’d say Mary Poppins came up with it. Whichever the case, etymologically its a hybrid of breakfast and lunch while socially its the meal served after breakfast, before lunch and ending god knows when. These days, brunches are increasingly popular, especially on Sunday and holidays. They are usually piled on buffet style which involve mundane breakfast staples like eggs, sausages, bacon, ham, fruits, cereals, pastries and cakes. However, it can be pretty flexible and can include all kinds of food and beverages, including alcohol. You see, it’s OK to consume alcohol at brunch than it would be at breakfast, where the practice would just invite snide remarks about alcoholism. Bellinis, Mimosas, Ramos gin fizzes and Bloody Mary have since become popular brunch cocktails.
The most indulgent and luxurious way to go is of course with Champagne. Always to be spelled with a capital ‘C’ to signify its nobel lineage. As in the case of G.H Mumm, which has been the preferred drink of the French kings and aristocrats of Europe for over 200 years. Today, G.H Mumm, the third largest Champagne producer in the world, and is proud to add in zest and lustre to accompany the culinary offerings at Prego’s Sunday Bubbly Brunch.
Without a doubt, Westin KL’s premier Italian restaurant is one of the best brunch in Kuala Lumpur. It boast a scintillating spread of Italian gastronomic delight. The antipasto station around the kitchen offers coffin bay oysters, spring bay black mussels and tiger prawns on ice, and if you love your salmon you can pick from a selection of rosemary smoked salmon, bake breaded salmon, steam pickled salmon and honey cured salmon. Aside from the extensive display of salads, the brunch is also known for its formaggi (Italian cheese) spread, including tallegio, gorgonzola, asiago, aged parmesan, fontina, pecorino, smoked scarmoza and many more tongue-twisting-named cheeses.
The best thing about Prego’s Sunday Bubbly Brunch is of course the free-flow of its star-Bubbly. For those who are not alcohol snobs, there is also Smirnoff Vodka, SKYY Vodka, Grey Goose and Italian Prosecco – Prosecco Batasiolo Cascine 7. I know what you’re thinking, with continuous servings of alcohol, how are you going to walk to the buffet line and back safely without tripping over. Well, you’ll be delighted to know that Prego chefs and service attendants alike come around to your table with trays of freshly cooked wood fired pizza and pastas in various types, sauces and toppings. Meat and seafood platters are on the move as well. My favourite includes the lovely Brazilian figs, succulent lamb shank, oh-so-tender braised beef wagyu cheeks and of course the various delicious risottos. The dessert spread was also impressive with made-to-order hot chocolate souffle straight from the oven and a scoop of gelato to boot.
The main thing that sets Prego’s buffet apart from other buffets lies in their crew’s charm. The personal attention, generous hospitality and casual interaction between house and diners makes it a lovely afternoon. Whatever you may choose to indulge in, brunch at Prego’s is simply a time you spend leisurely and slowly demolishing good food and downing beverages amidst bubbly (from the Champagne of course) company without a worry in the world. And if you ever find yourself speechless, well there’s always that one word to sum it all up, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious“. And if you’re feeling really happy, you know, you can say it backwards, which is “docious-ali-expi-istic-fragil-cali-rupus“. But, that’s just going a bit too far, don’t you think? Indubitably bubbly!
Prego’s Sunday Bubbly Brunch is available every Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm, serving food and free flow of bubbly champagne, Italianesque cocktails, wines, house pouring spirits and beer at RM268++ per person. (Enjoy 20% discount off on selected alcoholic beverages from 2.30pm to 4.30pm if you extend your brunch.) For a non-alcoholic brunch experience, the price is RM168++ per person and RM84++ for children aged 4 – 12 years old. To thoroughly enjoy your bubbly experience, you may let your kids roam free with interactive activities at the Westin Kids Club on Level 4. For reservations, please contact Westin Dining at 03-27738338 or log on to westindining.com.my for more information.*
Thank you Marian Eu and The Westin KL for the bubbly invitation.
*Stolen from awhiffoflemongrass.com . Thanks BFF! ;-)
** Images and lyrics of Mary Poppins borrowed from the 1964 classic by Walt Disney Pictures.