There’s something satisfying about indulging in a hearty brunch session. Not only does it set the mood for the evening that lay ahead, but it also gives you a chance to interact with your peers; think of it as a social outing than just gobbling down food.
Of late, however, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and relax with family or friends for brunch partly because of my friends’ work schedules and partly because of the lack of brunch options here in Oman.
But, when I was told that the Radisson Blu was hosting brunch at weekends, I was quick to book three of my friends and myself a table.
And by 1:30pm, we were present on the premises, eager to sit down and get cracking. The atmosphere at the Olivos Restaurant – where the brunch is hosted – was simply superb, and you can also opt for poolside dining, if need be.
We, however, resorted to sitting inside, as it was quite balmy on the day and also closer to the buffet.
Then it was time to indulge in the foods. It took us a good five minutes to scour through the wide variety of foods that were on offer on the table. As soon as I was done furtively scampering around like a lion looking for feed, I grabbed a plate and started with some seafood sushi.
The sushi was delightful, to say the least. The nori was delightfully dry and intact, and the medium grain rice was well steamed. However, the highlight of the day was the prawns. It didn’t have the nauseating smell of raw fish and, therefore, added to the overall palate of the sushi. I quickly declared it the best sushi I had ever eaten; even more so than what I found in the Japanese Yo!Sushi restaurant in Dubai.
Meanwhile, my friends stayed away from the sushi and instead opted for the salads, hummus and the lamb bread. They were quite satisfied with the starters, and my friend Praveen specifically commended the consistency of the hummus and freshness of the salads.
Next, I raided the main course station. I grabbed a gravy-soaked serving of lamb chop, chicken roulade with tomato provencal, roast beef and mashed potatoes.
While all the dishes were exquisite and scrumptious, I found the lamb chop and the mashed potatoes to be outstanding. The lamb was soft and flavoursome, while the gravy was quite light and not all that oily (as is the case in most restaurants). The mashed potatoes were butter-smooth and the taste was delightful. Again, it didn’t feel stodgy, thanks to the lack of oil and other fatty additives.
My friend Roshan loved his seafood paella, which was a mix of shrimps, mussels and risotto rice, garnished heavily with mild spices. While he didn’t particularly enjoy the mussels, he seemed to take a shy at the shrimps and rice.
“I don’t eat mussels or clams,” he told me, as I questioned him about leaving out the mussels.
Lastly, we headed straight for the dessert station, which by far had the most variety of items. I quickly filled my plate with a serving of chocolate mousse, a slice of strawberry cheesecake, chocolate Swiss rolland an éclair.
All of the desserts were splendid, but my favourite had to be strawberry cheesecake and the chocolate mousse. They were all agreeably fresh and overall magnificent. The cheesecake was soft and the crust crunchy. I also admired how the cheese was not overly sugary like what you would find in most restaurants in Oman; this one was splendid from all facets.
I insist all of you with a sweet tooth to try out the desserts’ station.
In all, we all enjoyed the brunch. It’s not every so often that we get to indulge in a day like this. So when we do, we make sure to make the most of it.
And keeping in line with that, we left our tables with full tummies and wide smiles on our faces.
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