Posted by pattayatoday on Mar 19th, 2014 A riot of gourmet excess at this bodacious Sunday brunch
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Make sure you treat yourself soon to the Mantra’s Sunday brunch experience. There are so many great reasons to head down to Mantra to enjoy this culinary phenomenon. For a start brunch is about the only time when it’s socially acceptable to drink before noon. There are very few exceptions to this rule, so enjoy–it might even be illegal to brunch without a glass of something bubbly in hand. Another reason is that gorging is definitely allowed. Encouraged actually, it’s not just one meal but it’s two in one, so doubling your intake of fuel is totally reasonable! Mantra’s famous brunch focuses on its formula of world cuisine reflecting their around-the-world food philosophy. It’s an epicurean voyage (and an oenophile one if you add the wine buffet), a food safari, an odyssey of cuisine cruising all housed under Mantra’s spectacular roof.
The Brunch culture has certainly swept the globe and Pattaya has taken to this culinary phenomenon like a Perigord duck to water. The brunch (B.1,690) opens at 11 a.m. and operates until 3 p.m. every Sunday, so take your time, wander through the stations, enjoy a glass of wine (the free flow wine buffet is B.1,490+), prepare yourself, sit back, enjoy the occasion and then hit the cuisine of your choice to commence the proceedings.
As we were shown to our table at 12:30 p.m., the restaurant was already packed and the atmosphere festive and celebratory. The open display areas were busy with chefs taking centre stage preparing their specialties and signature dishes from around the world.
We started with a quintet of imported oysters, shucked before our eyes and glistening in their sexy, molluscy way. Three French varieties are available, fine de Claire, Cadoret Bretagne and Saint Kerber. They all made for wonderful slurping and, accompanied by a flute of Fleur de France Blanc de Blanc, it was the perfect way to introduce our taste buds to the Mantra brunch experience. More from this shellfish station offered huge Alaskan crab legs, rock lobster, plump prawns, and glistening New Zealand green-lipped mussels. After all this gleeful eating, the sushi/sashimi bar beckoned. Polar fresh sea bass, sea bream, tuna, octopus and salmon were expertly cut by the dedicated chef and, accompanied by the prepared sushi, it all made for some serious decision making.
More cold items from the Mediterranean antipasti table summoned before the huge decision of which main course could be deliberated. Here, tuna carpaccio nestles next to Parma ham and melon, Italian salamis and prosciutto, marinated grilled artichokes, capsicums and mushrooms languish in extra virgin olive oil next to verdant salads and pickles; a cornucopia of heavenly hors d’oeuvre.
After a decent resting period (and another glass of bubbly) we moved on to the hot items. A meat fancier? Then turn to the larva stone grill where Angus beef sirloin and tenderloin steaks await your directions, pork chops and lamb chops sit patiently anticipating culinary commands, while lingering temptingly at the back of the display was our choice: foie gras. It was lightly pan fried, served on a brioche base and anointed with a red cherry emulsion and the appreciative “mmms” around the table vouched for its delectableness. Apart from the prepared chafing dishes which invite self-selection, a gamut of dishes are cooked to order and served at your table. (Present the chef with one of the numbered cards on your table and it will appear a short time later).
Quite honestly, you name a gastronomic favorite and it’s here! Have I mentioned the Indian tandoori kitchen yet, or the pizzas, pasta or Chinese stations? And I mustn’t forget to tell you about the risotto station–it’s an epicurean profusion of the planet’s gastronomy. Mick and I then moved on to Peking duck rolls served with a selection of Chinese pickled vegetables. We hadn’t eaten this delicacy for years and it didn’t disappoint; the duck was so tender it melted in the mouth while the crispy, sweet skin was sensational.
You absolutely must leave room for dessert. The dessert zone has been moved to the bar area now to allow for extra seating. Just the sight of it will lead to waistband widening! Evocative chocolate aromas attract as you approach and there center stage is the chocolate fountain. Spear a fruit from the luxury assortment including strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, and raspberries, and hold it under your chosen molten chocolate creating your own dream dessert. The whole room is a sugarista’s reverie loaded with Mövenpick ice cream, mousses, crumbles, custards, pies and tartlettes–all tantalizingly displayed and awaiting your selection. So indulge; pick a pre-dessert, a post dessert and spoil yourself with the sweetest finale to Mantra’s magnificent brunch.
To sum up, Mantra is a world-class gourmet destination offering so many gastronomic multiple choices it will have you visiting time and again. It’s hands-across-the-world approach hits the spot in so many ways; not only is it a trendy and stylish place to go, it offers a wealth of global gastronomy served in an ambiance of cheery conviviality.