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‘Lighten up your weekend by indulging in a lavish brunch that boasts experiences from across the world. We bring you four from the country’

“If music be the food of love, play on,” Shakespeare had written. And while the concept of live music is not uncommon in fine dining restaurants in the country, the experience of jiving to international chart-toppers, as an expert mixologist serves you customised cocktails and the pleasant autumn sun casts long shadows outside, is almost surreal. Expect this and more at the Hong Kong Club Sunday brunch. This oriental restaurant in Andaz at Aerocity, New Delhi, offers the best recipe for a lazy Sunday! From an all you can eat menu (with as many as 16 varieties of dimsums accompanied by salads, soups, noodles and other traditional Cantonese delicacies) and interesting drinks prepared by international mixologist Agnieszka Rozenska, and the three-member band from South Africa, Jade, playing a heady concoction, the brunch package is surely exciting. Add a dimsum making session for some extra pizzazz. While all the dimsums are delicious, a special mention has to be made of the baos, the mushroom dimsum and the prawn shumai. And as you laze around, soaking up the swanky restaurant’s ambience, don’t be surprised if Jade’s Mikhail Jones walks up for a friendly tete-a-tete!

It claims to be the longest brunch in town! And as you survey the unending spread of dishes at Caraway Kitchen in Conrad Bengaluru, you will want to believe the claim!

If you want to travel the world in one afternoon, make a journey to New Delhi’s Imperial Hotel’s 1911 restaurant. At its lavish Sunday brunch, take your taste buds on a tantalising tour of the best of French, Italian and Indian cuisine. Choose from an assortment of seafood – rainbow trout, clams, mussels, mackerel and scallops cooked as per your liking (steamed, baked or grilled). The restaurant also offers a Mediterranean mezze selection and live grills.

With five live counters, buzzing food carts and a spread of 150 multi-cuisine dishes, this Sunday brunch can satiate the hungriest of us all. From Bhatkal mutton biryani to Singapore laksha soup, and from Indonesian-style seabass to Italian calzones – be spoilt for choice here. The restaurant claims to be the only one in the city to offer Alaskan king crab and lobster in its buffet menu! Do not miss out their live grill and dimsum counters either.

For young chefs, there are pizza making and muffin decoration classes as well. One of the swankiest restaurants in town, the Grand Market Pavilion in ITC Royal Bengal is inspired by the multi-cultural buzz of Kolkata’s New Market area. This restaurant hosts a weekend brunch with a menu that offers cuisines from the seven states of the Northeast. Expect rustic and simple flavours with a tinge of smoky aftertaste of bamboo shoots. While vegetarians can savour the bunga koh sabji (wok tossed banana flower with toasted sesame seed) and the cheu koh sabji (stir-fried mushroom with onion, tomato and chilly) served with traditional black rice, non-vegetarians can opt for avushi kulho (Naga-style herbed chicken curry), mylliem chicken (chicken in roasted onion gravy from Meghalaya), Sikkimese kaur (handmade sea shells served in flavourful broth), shyaphaley (minced country chicken encased in a crispy shell served with raja mirchi chutney) and masoor bilahi tenga (Assamese-style sour fish curry), amongst others.

Diners can also choose from other Indian dished along with international delicacies.

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