Set amidst beautiful green lush surroundings is Le Meridien in Gurgaon (earlier Pullman). The hotel was changed to Le Meridien only a few months ago, but with the rebranding and change of names of restaurants, what we didn’t miss was the staff and chefs behind different restaurants inside the hotel. One such restaurant is Latest Recipe, the all-day dining restaurant of the hotel. Head by Chef Tanveer Kwatra, I’ve seen a tremendous shift in the taste of food and the fare presented from my previous visit to the restaurant (when it was the Senses).
Visited Latest Recipe for a Sunday Brunch on a gorgeous afternoon with practically no sunlight to spoil the fun. I was run through the entire buffet by Chef Tanveer, told about the various sections they had and the cuisine each section offered, and that’s how my afternoon began.
The Sunday Brunch had an insane variety of food to offer. From European, Japanese, Chinese and Italian, to Indian, Awadhi, Teppanyaki and South Indian, we had glimpses of some great deals of cuisines, each doing complete justice to the taste.
My meal started with Sushi that looked too too impressive and tasted delicious too. I then had my share of Indian appetizers which were mind-blowing with their marination, and the Mutton Burrah Kebab standing out for me. A little bit from the Italian section with a delicious Tomato and Basil Pizza with yummy Burrata cheese on it, and a Mushroom Morel Pizza. Both tasted simply divine!
Tried Lamb Chops that were really succulent and fabulously crispy on the outside, and also devoured the Galouti Kebabs that were simply melt in the mouth! Both Mushroom and Lamb were so good that they could beat most Galouti Kebabs you get in Delhi NCR.
A Spanish Omelette with Prawns, perfectly cooked (cannot emphasize enough on that)! The omelette was to die for!! You might think what good would a humble omelette do in a lavish buffet spread, but you really have to try this omelette to answer that!
The best part about the Sunday Brunch was the Japanese section. Some really delicious dishes, that you don’t find in buffets and brunches otherwise, were served here. Okonomoyaki and Tacoyaki, the two dishes that were simply phenomenal! Okonomoyaki is a Japanese pancake that is filled with meat and topped with mayonnaise. It is baked and is crisp on the outside. Truly droolworthy! Must must try at Latest Recipe! The Tacoyaki is fried and has a thin crisp exterior made of a wheat based batter, and on the inside you find delicious warm smooth stuffing of meats. Another dish that will floor you!
The Teppanyaki counter had different kinds of meats and you could choose what dressing and sauce you wanted your meat to be cooked in. Crisp, smoky, delicious lamb and chicken, just excellent in taste!
The thing that stood out for me in the main course was the Anda Parantha and Appam. Both were freshly made in front of you, with the Anda Parantha being super soft and encased in a yummy thick layer of egg, and the appam being very fluffy and light. The gorgeous Mutton cooked in a thick tomato gravy cannot be done justice to in words as well.
The dessert section could have been better, but after loading myself with so much mouth-watering food, I could not fill myself up with anything else. The cold stone ice cream counter will woo you irrespective of your age. You’ll be spoilt for choice while choosing your ice cream flavours and the ingredients to go with it.
Their Sangria was really bad, so I didn't try any other cocktail, though I'm sure the basics like Cosmo and Martinis would have been nice. The mocktails were delicious though!
There wasn’t a single component of the entire brunch that was below par or even average. Everything was well prepared and tasted nothing but delicious. The variety, the taste, the quality- you’ll be sold by the place! Chef Tanveer has done a stupendous job with elevating the Sunday Brunch, and along with it, the restaurant. Must must visit for all!
Rs.2450++ (food and non alcoholic beverages)
Rs.3250++ (food, alcoholic beverages and champagne)
Rs.1250++ (kids Sunday Brunch)
Address: Le Meridien Gurgaon, Sector 26, Delhi Gurgaon Border
Sunday Brunch Timings: 12 Noon to 4PM
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Disclaimer: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant. The views expressed are unbiased and objective in nature but readers may exercise their own discretion.