It is a Sunday Classic; Brunch at the luxurious Çırağan Palace Kempinski hotel.
The last time I went there was to surprise my mother for her 82nd birthday. My parents loved the surprise, the location on the shore of the Bosporus and the rich cuisine that was offered us by the Laledan Restaurant. It was a festive Sunday Brunch and a true pleasure for the palate!
This Sunday I returned to catch up with several long time friends and food lovers and to make some new friends. We enjoyed a rich array of delicacies crafted by Executive Chef Olivier Chaleil in the midst of a garden by the Bosporus. It was a lovely and casual outdoor brunch that lasted from noon till 4 pm.
They offered us a huge variety of the choices you could desire on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Included in the price was a glass of Prosecco sparkling wine, and all non-alcoholic beverages & tea/coffee. From the staggering array of food we could choose from in this brunch I want to mention just a few.
My absolute favourite was the rich variety of sushi delights the Sushi Chef prepared: with tuna, salmon, sea bass, octopus and shrimps. But several vegetarian sushi combinations as well!
Egg Benedict, soft cheese, Brie cheese and roasted red bell pepper quiche Brie, Beef bacon and cherri tomato, Oven baked Beef bacon, Merguez sausages and carrots chicken, Baked tomato with green asparagus, Orange Crepe, Orange French Toast.
All kinds of omlettes, yoghurts, cereals and nuts.
Cold platters Salads Scallops ceviche with avocado and coriander
Scallion-potatoes cake with shrimps and sorrel-cream
Cured Salmon with mango and ginger
Mini mozzarella skewers in walnut dip
Duck foie gras with ginger-brioche
Roasted tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts
Mackerels stuffed with rice and onion
Grilled Tuna Salad Nicosia
Chicken, walnut and Potato Salad with tomatoes
Octopus salad with olives and roasted red onions
Beet root and cabbage Salads
Asian Steak and Noodle Salad
Tomato, Pepper, Cucumber, Mint, and Parsley Salad
COLD CUTS and CHEESE Selection:
Smoked beef bacon
Smoked chicken Füme
Salami with Parmesan cheese
Smoked & marinated seafood on ice
Turkish mezzes and vegetables cooked in olive oil
Marinated sea bass
Marinated air-dried mackerel
Grilled baby calamari with olives
Stuffed wine leaves
Humus Spicy cracked wheat salad with onion and tomatoes
Artichoke cooked in olive oil
Green leaves display plus Olives & pickled vegetables collection
My favorite HOT DISH was baby vegetable gratin with goat cheese, almond butter baldo rice and oven baked fresh potatoes.
I’m not including the very large and super delicious DESSERT SECTION but check the photos here.