Il Grande Pranzo - The Big Italian Saturday Brunch at Focaccia, Hyatt Regency, Teynampet: With Sara Koshy
It was raining 5 stars for me, last week. But this one, we had been planning for quiet a while. It was a celebration of sorts. My friend's blog was turning 4 years old and it does call for a celebration. As such, we keep looking for reasons to eat out. And we had chosen this Saturday Buffet, as the spread is quiet exhaustive and Italian Cuisine... Woah! I like all things Italian.
As soon as we checked in, I took my sweet time to look around and Wow! I can really relate to why they call it Il Grande Pranzo - The Great Lunch. Even if I carry over to the next day's Breakfast, I still wouldn't have finished everything on their Buffet Spread. I'll try my best to give information of the Buffet, but be assured what I covered is only half of the Grand Buffet.
My choice of juice was Orange. Would have preferred a fresh juice. Not a big thing, as I can survive on canned juices too. White Wine Sangria, had all the necessary kicks that a Sangria needs to have.
Antipasti* from the Buffet:
Looked like I stuffed myself with so much food at the time of having the Lunch. But, now looking at the pictures, I feel I didn't take advantage of the Grand Spread fully :p. I think that emotion is called Greediness :P.
Everything that I had, stood out in taste and presentation. I can tell you for sure, lots of detailing had gone in preparing this mouthful delicacies. Next time, I'm going to concentrate more on their Antipasti. Even the expression - Spoilt for choice - won't be able to justify their Breads and Cheese counters. And the Salads were fresh and all the ingredients were top-notch. The Chicken Soup was below average.
Salmon Ravioli with Sage Emulsion was Okayish, not very impressive. Balsamic Risotto sure can take a pass, Balsamic Vinegar should give a slightly tangy taste but this was acidic in taste. So, not my thing.
Had a slice of Arabiata Pizza. Loved it totally and the chilli in the Pizza, brought tears of joy. Loved the kick from the Chilli.
The Spread was vast. I can tell you my writing can't justify the spread. Vegetarian some 4-5 dishes, Chicken and Fish and the rest were Pork - Pork Sausages and Roasted Pork Belly etc. The Cold Cuts was more of Ham varieties.
From what I had: Brocolli Crepes were too salty, Polenta Burger and Pattata Frittata were Okayish. From the Grill section, loved the Chicken and Prawns but beef was hard and rubbery.
Hands down winner was the Lavazza Milky Chocolate Pot, a marriage made in heaven between coffee and chocolate. Loved it to bits. Next vote to Chocolate Parfait. Surprisingly, their Tiramisu didn't fair well. Rest of the desserts from what I had, were average.
Rates: Pranzo Alcoholic - INR 1850 + Taxes, Non-Alcoholic INR 1550 + Taxes. The bill is approximately INR 3905 for 2 people with Tax (Non-Alcoholic)
*Antipasti - Appetizers
*Primi - Fist Course
*Secondi - Second Course
*Dolci - Desserts