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Tuesday , October 30 , 2012
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The sunday brunch at Zen is back with a new menu & table service

It’s not strictly a buffet. It’s better. If that’s even possible! Zen, the Oriental restaurant at The Park, is back with its Sunday special after a short break. Divided into four sections, the new menu accompanied by “unlimited” Mot & Chandon, called the High Life Brunch, is priced at Rs 2,295 (plus taxes) and is a real deal-maker. Here’s why.

The story begins with ‘On the Buffet’ starring a beautiful Sushi Bazaar. You need to walk up to their sushi display, window shop your sushis (yes, there’s lots of salmon, and for vegetarians, there’s more than cucumber and carrot like Potato Salad Sushi) and they will be sent to your table. Salads are galore. Try the Larb Gai or the fishy Chicken Salad (thanks to the flavoursome Nam Pla or fish sauce) and Som Tam or Papaya Salad (nicely mixed with the right balance of sweet, sour and chilli and that crunch of peanut).

Next up from the ‘On the Table’ section, you will be showered with an assortment of dim sums (filled well, so you don’t have to hunt down the stuffing). This is followed by some more starters (must sample their Thai Style Fried Fish or better still ask for a non-fried version, it’s packed with flavours so delicately divine) and soup (you can’t go wrong with a classic Tom Yum).

Now that you are halfway done, it’s a good time to concentrate on the bubbly. Take a moment or 10 and choose your meat and veggies. F&B executive Gaurab Dey from Zen suggests you limit the number of ingredients to six to avoid a too-many-cooks-spoil-the-broth situation. Pick a sauce (choose any from the long list, favourites include a sweet Yakiniku or the mild butter-garlic Butta Yaki or fiery Sichuan) and sit back and enjoy the mains with a subtle gingery rice and aromatic Five-Spice Noodles where the star anise does the talking. This ‘From the Kitchen’ section has another option. It’s called “Just let us know what you feel like having!”

Gaurab puts down this flexibility as the winning ingredient of any Sunday brunch buffet. Also, the service format. “High Life Brunch combines the best of both worlds — a buffet with unlimited helping and unlike other buffets, we get your food to your table.”

So at Zen, you don’t have to feel shy to walk up to the buffet spread every two or 10 minutes. Neither do you have to keep disrupting the chain of gossip with a “where were we?” each time you or your girlies get a refill!

If you still have room for dessert and want to choose one, go for the Custard Bao or sweet-filled bun. Or just swap your flute of Moet for a sweet Bellini for that perfect dessert drink.

Sweet Sundays are made of these. Especially between noon and 4pm.

Shradha Agarwal