The surf & turf champagne brunch at Fifty Five at Centara Grand is a hedonist’s dream come true. Available only on the first Sunday of each month, it features a free flow of Perrier-Jouët champagne and selected wines, an incredible selection of seafood on ice, plus a large assortment of other gourmet items and trolleys rolling about with prime rib, foie gras, smoked seafood and more. There is also an impressive selection of cooked-to-order items. At B3955++ it’s not cheap, but for what’s on offer, it is an incredible bargain.
As I slid into my chair, a server immediately poured a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne, a superb tipple that is produced by a maison that has been in existence since 1811. After contemplating the floral and fruity wonders of my bubbly, I decided to check out the buffet and was (you choose the superlative flabbergasted, astounded, speechless, gobsmacked. There were enormous iced mounds of some of the world’s finest seafood, including Maine lobster, Phuket rock lobster, slipper lobsters, crayfish, tiger prawns, Alaskan king crab, Dungeness crab and oysters from France and the USA.
Other delights included Bellota Reserva Iberico Ham, foie gras terrine with figs accompanied by Sauternes wine, dishes crafted from Kagoshima Wagyu, plus a gourmet pork station with Cantonese style suckling pig, truffled pork cheeks and gourmet pork sausages from Michel Orgier. There is also, as you might expect, a bountiful supply of salads and superb desserts. On the date of our visit, cooked-to-order items included – among other things – pumpkin and Alba white truffle veloute with poached quail egg, Nova Scotia lobster ravioli cooked in a rich lobster sauce, charcoal grilled half Phuket lobster with fresh herbs & lemon butter, charcoal grilled Wagyu beef tenderloin with Bearnaise sauce, a superb Australian lamb rack with thyme and garlic jus, and a delicious pheasant, foie gras and truffle pithivier.
Amazing as all of this might sound, it is just the tip of the iceberg. The champagne, for example, is wonderful, but the selection of wines is top notch and many dinners shift to them once they start eating.
The champagne brunch at Fifty Five takes buffet dining to new levels. If you decide to avail yourself of this treat, make a reservation, arrive early and stay until closing time. It is an experience that should be slowly savoured with that special someone or a group of friends.
Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld
11.30am-3pm | the firstSunday of each month Info and reservations at 0 2100 6255