Thank Goodness It's Sunday!1 Oct 2012
Fridays usually get top billing when it comes to the favourite day of the week. Next in line, of course, is Saturday because it’s the perfect opportunity to bask in indolence and walk around the house in sweatpants without having to justify it.
But Sundays—well, Sunday is just that; Sunday—the day before the new week starts, followed by the kick-start of the same old mundane routine for another seven days—work, home, work, home, work, home and work—early to bed, early to rise. Simply put, boring! Or is it?
Not anymore! With InterContinental Kuala Lumpur’s all-new Sparkalite Sunday Brunch spearheaded by Chef Darrell O’Neill, there’s plenty to shout about. Introducing three hours of fun and feasting, the establishment has declared Sundays a tribute to family; giving you every reason to celebrate great food and drink with your loved ones and just feel grand.
Featuring exquisite Australian fare, a fine selection of local delicacies, DIY cocktails, free flow signature sparkling wine, red and white wine and beer, it’s the perfect opportunity for friends and family to unwind together in an exuberant setting; one which overlooks a splendid waterfall and is surrounded by lush green. It’s official: the Sunday groove is back and is here to stay!
I recently had the pleasure of dining at the hotel’s glorious concourse level in-house fine dining outlet, Serena Brasserie where the Sparkalite buffet is offered and currently runs as an ongoing promotion. A party of five in total, I had four other friends join me—Raj, Tricia Devlin, Anton Gillich and Violet Schlender; all of them teachers under the Canadian International Matriculation Programme at Sunway University.
As much as it was a darling treat indeed, the intimate atmosphere in which we were that afternoon made us ‘feel like family’. Alongside the celebration of great company, the culinary journey before us was one mouth-watering adventure we did not want to miss. What with seven live stations set up to showcase heavenly displays and dishes laid out to deliver exciting flavours, the writing was on the wall.
Starting off at the Traditional Roast Beef section, I took my time filling my plate because I wanted to taste every flavourful accent in the aromas my senses were picking up. Presenting an impressive range of specialities, right from puddings to freshly-baked pizza to roasted vegetables, baked potatoes, Brussels sprouts and more, we were off to a fantastic start.
But it was the Marinated Roasted Whole Rib served with traditional trimmings (such as Yorkshire) that served as the icing on the cake, that round. Well, that and the potatoes and thin crust pizza; the meat was tender and succulent, while my other two favourites simply mind-blowing. Consumed either with Australian white or red wine or even champagne, it’s the perfect whetting of the whistle.
Beer is also available while the bubbles on deck feature three pleasantly surprising varieties: the Australian Seppelt Stony Peak Brut NV, Italian Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and French Arthur Metz Cremant D’Alsace Brut.
Or if not, take your pick from a fancy assortment of cocktails. Here, you are afforded the luxury of crafting your beverage just the way you like it, be it a Mimosa, Kir Royal or Bellini. One is free to treat herself to as many as she pleases, with an extensive range of mixers available. Yes, I admit, the party was only beginning and already we were at, “Whoooo-weeee!” A tremendous success, the teaser round did its job well; getting us hungry and ready for more.
The next stop was the Create Your Own Egg Buddy station. The freshly-baked, golden brown soft bread rolls weren’t the only thing that made you melt. This was sandwich heaven because here, diners were able to whip out their own genius and slap it onto bread. The seal-the-deal condiments were fried egg, turkey bacon, French fries, grated cheddar cheese and spring onions alongside sauces such as tomato, BBQ and Hollandaise.
Outside, the Build Your Own Burgers and Bruce’s Australian Barbeque kiosks were quite the sensation. While the former was a celestial burst of Western-meet-Asian essences with the Mini Angus Beef Sliders and Mini Chicken Satay Sliders (toppings: BBQ sauce, Tomato Chutney, Caramelized Onion Marmalade, Mango and Coriander Chutney, Beetroot Relish, Peanut Sambal, Cos Lettuce, Cherry, Tomatoes, Cucumber and Coleslaw), the latter attracted more than just a few enthralled meat aficionados. The fresh grills were expertly concocted when made to order.
Guests get to make their pick from a choice of sirloin steak, lamb chops, sausages, baby chicken, tiger prawns, marinated tuna steak, grilled white fish and slipper lobster. Meanwhile, the famed Uncle Laksa Station is king on the local delicacies front. As the name suggests, this section of the buffet is home to several key favourites including Sarawak Laksa, Curry Laksa, Penang Laksa, Johor Laksa and Asam Laksa.
The Salad stop, my top pick for the day, was to me the ultimate food galore—fresh leafy vegetables and lively-coloured greens sprinkled with magic ingredients—absolutely fabulous, offering one a full meal in itself. There were a total of four main offerings. The first was the Crab and Apple Salad with Shaved Fennel and Asparagus topped with Citrus Dressing.
Then, there was Chef Darrell’s excellent homemade Balmain Bug and Orange Salad with Fine Beans, Peppers and Kaffir Lime, topped with Olive Oil. The top-notch Spiced Char-grilled Lamb Salad with Cucumber, Carrot, White Radish, Mint and Coriander came next. For potato fans, the Potato and Spring Onion Salad Seeded Mustard Aioli is a must-try.
Last but not least, the Dessert stop is the ultimate pampering. A showcase of more than five varieties, each of these Australian specialities is a sweet treat. The mix includes Lamingtons, the Rocky Road, Mini Pavlovas, Mini Fruit Trifles, Chocolate Fudge Brownies and my personal favourite, Banana and Caramel Sticky Pudding.
For parents who plan on bringing your precious little ones, you have nothing to worry about. Your kids will be taken care of and kept entertained at a special kids’ corner which unveils the I Candy Station. Children will be treated to games and activities guaranteed to keep them happy throughout the session.
All in all, the Sparkalite Sunday Brunch is heaven on a plate; a divine gastronomic spoiling I highly recommend. The five of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and compliments to the chef for whipping a splendid gastronomic paradise. It's been a couple of weeks since my visit to InterContinental, but I'm still thankful for that lovely sparkling Sunday!
InterContinental’s Sparkalite Brunch is a weekly offering that is made available every Sunday from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Serena Brasserie. The Buffet Brunch is priced at RM120++ per person. The Sparkalite Sunday Brunch is priced at RM198++ per person and is inclusive of free flow sparkling wines, beer, red and white wine as well as DIY cocktails. For the children aged six to 12, admission is RM60++ per head.
For reservations, contact Serena Brasserie at 03 – 2782 6228 or email your RSVP details to firstname.lastname@example.org.