Food Of The Week: If your bodyclock's in a spin, it must be time for brunch
Sunday 27 April 2008
Got up too late for breakfast but can't wait till lunchtime to eat? There are plenty of brunch options available around the globe for the hungry traveller.
Take 'Brunch du Monde' in the beautiful double-Michelin-starred dining room of Les Ambassadeurs restaurant at the Hôtel de Crillon, 10 place de la Concorde, Paris (00 33 1 44 71 16 16; crillon.com), where chef Jean-François Piège serves an international menu that includes scallops cooked Normandy-style – in their shells with butter.
Parisian-style bistro Balthazar, 80 Spring Street, New York (001 212 965 1414; balthazarny.com), is best known for its celebrity clientele. And it also draws big crowds for its brunch, which might include sour cream hazelnut waffles with warm berries.
Enjoy an extensive brunch menu that includes 'perogies' (Polish-style stuffed dumplings), served with grated cheddar, caramelised onions and sour cream, in the industrial chic surroundings of The Boiler House, 55 Mill Street, Toronto (001 416 203 2121; boilerhouse.ca).
The Brunch buffet table at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro (00 55 21 2548 7070; copacabanapalace .com.br) groans under the sheer weight of seafood – including sea urchins, lobster and sushi, and exotic fruit and 'feijoada', a stew of pig's ear, tail and trotter.
At the ironically named Gluttony, It's A Sin café at 278 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria (00 61 39 416 0336), brunch is an appropriately big deal where the generously proportioned egg dishes and selection of homemade cakes are balanced by a list of vegan options.
Weekend brunch at the new Harrisons, 15-19 Bedford Hill, London (020 8675 6900; harrisonsbalham.co.uk), might include salt-beef hash, poached egg and béarnaise sauce for the adults, and buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote and a banana-and-honey smoothie for the kids.
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