The antipasti counter makes for a great places to expand your middle-eastern (culinary) vocabulary.
We'd advice you not to linger too long on the anti-pasti, some of your favourite dishes might be unavailable by the time you get to the end of your meal.
The palate, though largely Mediterranean, is adapted to Indian tastes. Along with its outdoor setting and live musician, it makes for a great place to have a Sunday brunch.
Otto Infito, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Fusili tossed in white sauce and garlic followed by a generous helping of penne in pesto. Only partly tempted right? That’s what I thought. Fortunately, the Sunday brunch at Otto Infinito follows the Ottoman trail. Delicacies from Tuscana are served along with along with those of France, Lebanon, Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Morocco.
The buffet started with a detour to the antipasti counter. I was welcomed by a spread of grilled aubergine and spinach quenelle, Moroccan okra and cranberry-lined chicken tortellini. But the sous-vide tomato and & croutons, despite their excruciatingly healthy appearance, made it to my list of favourites. I followed it up with a heart-warming helping of butternut pumpkin soup. It came with hints of coriander and rosemary.
Otto Infinito is a great place to increase your vocabulary of middle-eastern dips. I had my crusty breads with hummus, labneh, mutabal and harissa. But if you harbour a liking for house-cured meats, the grilled counter with its mortadella and smoked bacon, makes for a great destination.
Tunisian Kofte at the Sunday brunch
The appetisers and main course can be ordered off the menu. I’d say the skip the couscous cake and the falafels for the wine-steamed sausages. The entrée is always a hearty affair. Play it safe with a vegetable lasagna or experiment with the Tunisian kefta instead. As a ‘dairitarian’, I lingered over the Sicilian cottage cheese. It was served with a generous helping of bell peppers and rice.
Now let’s skip to dessert, shall we? The wondrous platter comprised of cream cheese brownies, a sticky fig tart and a strawberry tart. As an eternal chocolate lover, I found myself rooting for the nutty chocolate pie. But if you’re going with to the buffet with your little ones in tow, make sure you help them to chocolate-dipped cookies on a stick.
Otto Infinito offers two kinds of packages: The one that includes alcohol comes with a fine selection of Tuscan wines, fruity martinis and beer for the boys. I had my bubbly as Simon and Garfunkel played in the background. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting.
Raheja Towers, BKC, Bandra (East), Mumbai; Price Rs 1,250 and Rs 1850 (with alcohol) inclusive of all taxes
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