I’ve realized that I’m on a brunch rampage with my recent posts, but bear with me.
BRUNCH IS THE NEW FOOD TREND IN LEBANON. IF YOU DON’T SERVE IT, YOU SHOULD START!
Last week, I ended up in summer land (quite literally) and experienced an exquisite Sunday Brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut. Like all 5-star hotel brunches in Beirut, Kempinski Hotel Beirut didn’t fail to impress.
In November 2016, the Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort Beirut launched their first ever signature Sunday Brunch at Candelabra Restaurant. I was invited to this event; however I was eating my way through London at the time with Eating London Food Tour 😉
The Sunday Brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut was nothing short of remarkable.
Sunday Brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut offers its guest live music entertainment, exquisite food prepared with the freshest ingredients, and hands-on friendly service in a bright and spacious setting.
Even kids have a special play area of their own with games, activities, and yummies including mini sandwiches, healthy crudités, POPCORN (so jealous by the way!), and more!
Now let’s Brunch!
Of course, you have your standard bread and viennoiserie section with spreads; except there was a whole honey comb dripping with honey which was kind of different and unexpected.
A HUGE variety of cold cuts & cheese and a mini salad bar with marinated octopus (yum!) caught my attention.
Fresh seafood including fresh oysters, shrimp, and sushi cakes were presented – I was however disappointed that there was no sushi and fresh crab among them. No matter, the Salmon & Avocado Sushi Cake was absolutely divine and totally made up for that.
The main hot dish of the day was Riz 3a Djeij – this was my favourite dish of the entire brunch. Perfectly cooked moist chicken atop fragrant spiced rice with LOADS of crunchy toasted cashews! Thank you chef for this masterpiece!
Waiters also pass around your table with a selection of Lebanese appetizers including hummus, baba ghannouj, fattoush, tabbouleh, and a unique beetroot hummus, all presented in beautiful ceramic bowls.
Outside, by the pool, several stations were set up.
Juice station – Fresh juices prepared on the spot; order the carrot, apple and ginger!
Saj Manakish station – The perfect way to start any Lebanese morning!
Risotto station – I ordered my favourite mushroom risotto which the chef topped with a generous pinch of Parmesan.
Baked Grouper station – Order this succulent moist fish topped with cashews, pine nuts, and pistachios (and lots of them!) with either tarator or mildly spicy Beiruti sauce. I got the latter which was super tasty!
Beef Shawarma station – Just look at how beautifully presented this station is!
The only things that seemed to be missing from the Sunday Brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut were breakfast items like eggs, waffles, etc. There were eggs benedict (with either smoked salmon or bacon) available at the buffet; however I prefer my eggs benedict served in a beautiful presentation straight from the kitchen.
Back inside, time for dessert.
Everything we tried from the colourful dessert buffet was absolutely delicious! I fell in love with the mini lemon meringue tarts and the strawberry mousse with biscuit crumble – which means they must have been delicious since I’m actually a chocolate person.
By the way, they have a chocolate and high tea event every Wednesday held at the lounge which I must indulge in once Lent is over (I fast on chocolate every year).
T and I were brunching and lazily lounging at the Candelabra Restaurant for around 3 hours. What do you think my final verdict is?
A family-friendly Sunday brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut in a casual and bright setting where you can enjoy open champagne, wine, and signature cocktails along with fabulous food and decadent dessert WITH live entertainment? Okay, seriously, can we do this every week?
We enjoyed an absolutely unforgettable and extraordinary brunch experience at the Sunday Brunch at Kempinski Hotel Beirut with those summer vibes we’ve been missing all winter.
FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SUNDAY Brunch AT Kempinski HOTEL BEIRUT
When? Every Sunday from 12:30pm to 4:00pm
How Much? $65-85-119 USD per person / $35 per child (5-11 years old)
You can choose from 3 Brunch Packages: Regular Brunch ($65, no alcohol) / “All’ Italiano” ($85, Prosecco and wine) / “Le Brunch” ($119, free-flowing Champagne and wine).
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Candelabra at the Kempinski Summerland Hotel Resort
Address: Kempinski Summerland Hotel & Resort, LGF2, Al Akhtal Al Saghir Street, Jnah, Beirut
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