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From live grill stations and steaming pasta to street delicacies and sumptuous seafood, brunches are upping their game this winter. Shifa Naseer lists five from across India

OLIVE QUTUB, MEHRAULI, NEW DELHI

Invoking the flavours of the Mediterranean, Olive Qutub’s winter brunch is an experience not to be missed. Drawing upon its very popular Sunday brunch tradition, the eatery’s sumptuous spread includes signature pizzas, antipasti counters, live grill stations, pasta stations, cold cuts, desserts and an extensive cocktail menu. We recommend a visit to the exclusive organic egg station. The outdoor seating also lets you bask in the winter sun.

Drop in: Every Sunday
At: Noon to 4 pm
Spend: `2,695 plus taxes per person (with alcohol)

SAN:QI, FOUR SEASONS, MUMBAI

Four Seasons is jazzing up its brunch menu this winter with Indian and Asian street delicacies. Embark on an eclectic culinary ride along the streets of Japan, China, Thailand and India. Also equipped with themed cocktail bars, the brunch includes a bit of fun and games for the little ones too. We recommend a visit to their stocked sushi bar and teppanyaki table as well as their wine bar.

Drop in: Every Sunday
At: 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Spend: `2,800 plus taxes per person (without alcohol) and `3,500 plus taxes per person (with alcohol)

SORRENTO, SHANGRI-LA’S EROS HOTEL, NEW DELHI

With an extensive buffet and efficient table service, Sorrento’s winter brunch offers diners a family-style Italian feast, featuring home-style pastas and risottos, grilled meats and seafood alongside exotic cheeses and cold cuts. We recommend the pearl couscous salad, which is spicy and crunchy, sprinkled with fresh sweethot peppers, crisp parsley, mint and cilantro leaves. Also try the heirloom peppers stuffed with goat cheese and focaccia farcita. You can then soothe your soul at the lavish dessert counter and sit in the sun on the patio by the manicured lawn.

Drop in: Every Sunday
At: Noon to 3.30 pm
Spend: `3,750 plus taxes per person
Must-hear: DJ Oma at the console

T.K’S ORIENTAL GRILL,HYATT REGENCY, NEW DELHI

If you are looking for a sumptuous Oriental spread on a Sunday afternoon, we suggest you head to T.K’S Oriental Grill restaurant at Hyatt Regency Delhi in the capital. While the popular restaurant serves delicacies from across the Orient – Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Mongolia – we recommend the teppanyaki options and the minced chicken salad, which is one of the restaurant’s specialties. The brunch spread also offers a wide array of starters. Drain it all with a drink of your choice from the restaurant’s extensive alcohol menu. Other than T.K’s, Sunday brunch options are also available at other restaurants of the hotel – La Piazza, the China Kitchen and Cafe.

Drop in: Every Sunday
At: Noon to 3 pm
Spend: Starting at `6,000 plus taxes for two, (not inclusive of alcohol)

Sunday Brunch

JW LAWNS, JW MARRIOTT MUSSOORIE

At JW Marriott Mussoorie, meals can be turned into exquisite bespoke experiences. The hotel offers a lavish brunch served on the green lawns against the backdrop of majestic Himalayan peaks. While the multi-cuisine spread is delicious, we suggest you try local delicacies like gahat ka paratha, made from a special Himalayan dal, and swala, a stuffed puri popular in Garhwali homes. Savour the swala with a cup of Garhwali masala tea. Also try the walnut banana cake, made from home-grown walnuts!

Drop in: On special occasions, or on request
At: Noon to 3 pm
Spend: `2,500 plus taxes per person (depending on the menu)

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