Grand Hyatt Mumbai is known to believe in “living grand”. The recent birthday celebration of their Italian Chef de Cuisine, Chef Alessandro Persico, was an example of the same. His #UnapologeticallyItalian birthday was celebrated at Celini in a grand way indeed, and we at Cosmopolitan Currymania were glad to be a part of the media crew for the same.
What is #UnapologeticallyItalian?
According to Grand Hyatt Mumbai, #UnapologeticallyItalian is a beautiful amalgamation of Chef Alessandro’s childhood memories with family traditions and passion. It is all about celebrating the spirit of Italy and the grand Italian way of life! The first #UnapologeticallyItalian Saturday Brunch was a complete hit with the guests and Celini was jam-packed on that day. Music, good food, wine and laughter were all around. For a moment, I forgot that I was brunching in Mumbai, not Italy. The antipasti buffet boasted of Chef Alessandro’s favourite recipes. His favourite Italian cocktails were served by glass and pitchers, too. And of course, there was a good selection of wines!
The Good News!
The good news is that the #UnapologeticallyItalian Saturday Brunch is available at Celini every Saturday from 12 pm to 4 pm at INR 1,999++ without alcohol and at INR 2,299++ with alcohol. The a la carte cocktail pitchers are available at INR 600++. Typically, there are seven vegetarian and six non-vegetarian appetisers in the menu. There are two soups, 10 pasta and risotto dishes and five each of vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas (to be ordered a la carte style).The cherry on the cake are the desserts: there are eight typical Italian desserts to try from.
Talking about the brunch buffet, there were great choices.
The Buffallo Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese was the perfect start.
There were many kinds of cheese in the Cheese Platter, which came with various accompaniments such as sundried tomatoes in olive oil, olives, etc. Although I did not try the Tomato Basil and Pecorino Bruschetta and the Eggplant Spicy Couscous, those looked good. Other vegetarian appetisers like the Roasted Roman Style Artichoke and the Roasted Pumpkin and Yogurt Salad were crowd-pleasers. The Lemon Parsley Potato Salad and Mixed Grill Seasonal Vegetables were a refreshing start!
Their Chicken Liver Parfait Bruschetta is to die for. The Chicken Fennel Orange Salad and the Salmon Tartar with Garlic Vinaigrette were the best-sellers, as these were very refreshing and light. The Lamb Bresaola Carpaccio and the Seafood Salad with Parsley Lemon Mush were also pretty impressive. In this section, I also loved the quality of the Mixed Cold Cut Platter section.
There were two soups: the Pasta e Fagioli and the Minestrone Genovese. I did not taste any of these soups as I wanted to try their hearty main course, in particular.
Pastas and Risottos
The pan-to-table concept was a great hit. Freshly cooked pastas and risottos were directly served to our tables. Each vegetarian dish under this section was well-executed: be it the Linguine Primavera, Spinach Ravioli Saffron Cream, Sphagetti Aglio e Olio a Arugula, or the dreamy, creamy and cheesy Gnocchi Four Cheese. I absolutely loved the intensely earthy Porcini Mushroom Rissotto. The rice was cooked perfectly and the mushrooms added so much flavour to the dish!
The non-vegetarian dishes that were served directly on our plates, were out-of-the-world. Be it the Pork Rigatoni, Fusilli Ham and Orange, Orzotto with Duck Sausage and Pepper Ragout, Seafood Linguini or the Shrimp Saffron Rissotto. The Pork Rigatoni was AN’s favourite!
We tried the Pizza Celini: a vegetarian pizza with eggplant, ricotta cheese and semi-dried tomato. It was delicious! I loved the concept of adding eggplants as a pizza topping. There were many kinds of vegetarian and non-vegetarian pizzas to choose from: Marinara, Arrabbiata, Formaggi, Genovese, Caprissiossa, Napolitana, Diavola, Tirolese and Salmone.
Vegetarian Main Courses
The Saffron Arancini was my favourite. Then there were Stuffed Potato Dumpling Caprese, Eggplant Parmigiana, Vegetable Caponata and Saffron Creamy Polenta in this section. I tasted a spoonful of the polenta, and it did taste yum!
Non-Vegetarian Main Course
I was addicted to their tomato-rich Octopus Diavola Stew. It was one of the best dishes in the spread. The Classic Sardinian Lamb Stew and the Polpette (Pork Meatballs) were also spot-on. The Pollo al Limone (Roasted Chicken with Lemon) looked perfectly roasted and lip-smacking. However, I chose the Duck Sausage and Pepperonata, which was yum! And then there was this beautiful Pork Milanese, which was too good to be true.
Apart from these there were egg-based dishes. Although I love Frittata Pasta and the Poached Eggs Benedict, I decided to move on to the desserts.
The desserts were good. These desserts were from the chef’s family recipe book in Italy. We had eight different Italian desserts. These were Baba Rum, Tiramisu, Torta Cioccolato, Cannoli Alessandro, Baci di Dama, Choice of Ice Cream, Crostata de Mele and Macedonia de Frutta con Gelato Yogurt. Although there were not many desserts to try, each dessert was well-executed. Each dessert had its own flavour profile, and when food is made with the best ingredients with no compromise on quality, it never fails to impress the tastebuds. Cheers to Chef Alessandro for maintaining such high standards with his creations at Celini. If you prefer a soul-pleasing Italian Saturday Brunch experience, Celini is your destination. Join the party. Bon appetit!
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