With summer just around the corner (and some serious heat to remind us), I've recently begun having regular daydreams about laying back and relaxing with a cool drink in hand. This daydream usually involves an island somewhere in the middle of the Bahamas, but sometimes it diverges and I'm on a white sand beach in Florida. There's almost always a cocktail involved.
The problem is, while I'm a strong believer in chasing my dreams and making them a reality, I'm also not eager to break the bank by jetting off to a secluded island for the weekend. Thus, when I heard about Shore's newly launched Brunch by the Shore, I thought I had finally found my solution: a brunch that lets me live out my island fantasy without having so much as to leave the country.
The launch of Brunch by the Shore saw most guests making a beeline for the Seafood Station, enthralled by the two-tiered platters of fresh oysters, clams, prawns, conch and crab.
From locally sourced vegetables to premium raw cuts of meat, the spotlight is on the quality of the ingredients at the Outdoor Barbecue Station. We couldn't stay away from the BBQ ribs – the meat could have been more tender, but we loved the strong, smoky flavour added by the grill. To the left of the barbecue, guests can customise their own omelette with salmon, bacon, cheese, mushroom, tomato and spinach.
Leaving space for dessert has always been an essential part of my brunch strategy. In the case of Brunch by the Shore, the tactic was to leave a generous amount of space. Let your artistic side loose and decorate a hot, freshly made waffle at the Waffle Station with berries, popcorn, gummy bears and more. Your task: transforming an ordinary Eggo into a gourmet dessert. A comprehensive selection of other sweet treats includes macaroons, mini cheesecakes and s'more tarts.
In addition to free-flow Veuve Clicquot, Shore's Thirst Aid Station offers a selection of fresh fruit sangrias and colourful cocktails. The Bloody Mary, embellished with a cherry tomato and a small chilli pepper, is highly recommended; we loved how the generous kick from the chilli complemented the zesty (but never sour) drink. Really commit to the beach theme by drinking out of a fresh young coconut or keep it simple and healthy with a glass of detox water or homemade lemonade.
Were we transported to the Caribbean Islands, Hawaii, Greece or the South of France? Not exactly. Still, there's a quality selection of food and bevvies for $680 per person. The bright orange from the Veuve Clicquot glasses, accompanied by the electric reds, blues, purples and yellows from the various tropical decor, makes for a fun, relaxed vibe. Bring in a live DJ and we'll be there every weekend.
3/F and 4/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2915 1638
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