There are few better ways to toast a week’s end than with brunch. A meal that falls somewhere between breakfast and lunch, it’s a time for celebration, community and little agenda beyond filling plate after plate with global delicacies like Peking duck, beef Wellington and eggs Benedict.
Brunch is an integral aspect of any culinary journey. – Layne Nguyen, General Manager at Nobu Doha
Whether you’re travelling to an exotic port city or hunkering down in a cultural capital, when in town, book a table at one of these best places for brunch with Four Seasons hotels and resorts. They promise to satisfy your every culinary caprice.
Los Angeles: Sunday Brunch at Culina, Modern Italian
Locals consider Culina, Modern Italian’s Sunday dining affair the most extravagant in the City of Angels. Frequent diners are those whose names we cannot mention, but whose faces you’ll surely recognise.
The fondue fountain, into which Pastry Chef Federico Fernandez pours 40 pounds of chocolate each week, makes for the guiltiest culinary pleasure. Stations for sushi, quesadillas, fresh juice and the requisite omelette abound, but it’s the customise-your-own juice bar that keeps guests lingering for hours.
Must-try: Culina has engineered a doughnut machine worthy of Willy Wonka, and it squeezes out the airiest sugar-dabbled pastries.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Washington, DC: Sunday Brunch at Seasons
On sunny spring days, political players and denizens desiring a gossip session reserve seats on the outdoor terrace at Seasons for views of Rock Creek Parkway’s joggers and cherry-blossom-seeking travellers.
I was taught by an old master whose method was ‘barely’ and ‘naked’ – barely enough breadcrumbs, barely enough mayonnaise, mustard or lemon juice. Just enough to barely hold the crab together. – Executive Chef Doug Anderson, Seasons
It’s a favourite for special occasions like Mother’s Day, but every weekend is packed – and delicious – thanks to Executive Chef Doug Anderson’s expansive menu. Expect to see classics like a shiitake mushroom omelette alongside less common brunch dishes such as seared sesame tuna and tabbouleh.
Must-try: Recipes for crab cakes are as plentiful as political operatives in this capital city, but here they are magically light. Tartar sauce is rendered unnecessary; a spatula to pick one up, essential.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
A classic English breakfast is, of course, on offer, but there’s much more to tempt the palate. Marinated chicken shawarma, lobster bisque and potato gnocchi round out the savoury options, while you can satiate your sweet tooth with the wide range of pastries, fruit and dessert.
Must-try: Traditional roast beef is served with all the fixings, like horseradish sauce, but the real star is the Loaded Hash Browns – a hearty, artfully presented dish.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
The 26,000-square-foot (2,400-square-metre) Nobu outpost in Doha is one of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s largest restaurants, and the menu is worthy of such a grand space on the Marina, where nearly every seat overlooks the Arabian Gulf. While many are accustomed to Sunday or even Saturday brunch elsewhere in the world, the occasion occurs here on Fridays to denote the commencement of the Arabic weekend.
“Not only are guests treated to incredible cuisine with a wonderful tasting-style menu,” says Layne Nguyen, General Manager at Nobu Doha, “but the Friday brunch allows for an ideal ambience to gather with family and friends and reconnect over a magnificent meal, matched by a stylish setting.
Must-try: Nobu’s black cod yuzu miso literally melts in your mouth and has made this ebullient Japanese chef an international star.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
When it comes to the à la carte menu, start with Puck’s famous pretzel bread, then move on to more filling fare, all served family style: creamy burrata bruschetta, steak skewers with a kick of chimichurri sauce, homemade pasta.
Must-try: It’s only fitting to have the filet mignon au poivre at a steak restaurant. The USDA prime hunk of marbled steak, drizzled in black peppercorn and mustard sauce, is black on the outside, juicy and pink on the inside.
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Executive Chef Klaus Kallweit’s Sunday brunch menu has share-plate dishes like scrambled organic eggs, served in the shell, with smoked salmon and roe and pan-fried foie gras with fresh fig and fig jam. The open-kitchen design allows you to watch the masterly chefs at work, all the while relaxing in the comfortable yet stylish dining room.
The cuisines are vastly diverse, like the residents of Macau themselves, drawing from Indian, Portuguese, Macanese, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and German traditions. It’s like touring the world in one restaurant. Taste global grapes, too, with one of the many wines by the glass on the brunch list.
Must-try: Dim sum, freshly made by the chefs at award-winning sister restaurant Zi Yat Heen.
Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip®
Singapore: Champagne Brunch at One-Ninety: Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood
Feast your eyes on the show kitchen at One-Ninety, where Senior Sous-Chef Samuele Baudoino and his team prepare platter after platter of roast pork belly and ahi tuna steak over open wood-fired grills. But don’t fill up on the communal plates; grab the chef as he roves around doling out portions of gnocchi and meats from a cart. Don’t shy away if you have kids in tow. Perhaps more memorable than the meal for them will be the kids’ play area – with child-friendly buffet – so adults can linger over the free-flowing bubbly until the 3:00 pm shutdown.
Must-try: Eggs and truffle. The organic poached eggs are shipped in from the U.S. and smothered in hollandaise sauce, topped with black truffles. Divine.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
It’s technically not brunch, but since it’s so special – and the city’s best-kept secret – for families visiting Walt Disney World® Resort, we couldn’t resist including it on our list. On Thursday, Saturday and select Tuesday mornings, Goofy and his pals arrive to entertain picky eaters of all ages at the Resort’s Ravello restaurant.
The most beautiful tables are on the patio overlooking the lake and fountains. Though your kids may be too distracted by Minnie Mouse to realise that the array of jams are homemade and the bread freshly baked, once they’ve taken their professional photos you can all enjoy house-cured meats followed by the Nutella-filled bomboloni on the dessert table.
Must-try: Read reviews of the experience, and you’ll see one recurring theme: the omelette station is impressively extensive.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
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