I love nothing more than a good Sunday Brunch. This always includes previous planning: having a light dinner one night before,skipping breakfast and getting out of the closet the loose jeans. The simple yet very elegant Grand Hyatt in Collins street is the setting for Collins Kitchen, and yes the kitchen is divine. At $72.00 per person this is the cheapest of the very popular and posh Sunday Brunchs like The Conservatory at Crown or Melba at The Langham, and after spending almost three hours trying to have a taste of as many dishes, i can say this was worth every penny.
The variety is big but not immense and overwhelming, every section is very well thought and there are plenty of live food stations, that means whatever you are having is freshly made and has not been sitting there for half an hour. All along the quality is top notch.
Just as you enter you’ll find the grill in action with lamb chops, chicken fillets and fresh fish fillets. Pizzas and fresh egg pasta made to order that you can accompany with any vegetables of your choice. Shepperds pie, hot chips, sauteed mushrooms among many other options. Then the Asian section, don’t miss the divine Won Ton soup, roast duck, barbeque pork, prawn and pork dumplings, stir fry are just a few of the offers. One of my favorites were the individual portions of steamed barramundi.
The cold Seafood and Japanese section with sushi and sashimi, and here the sashimi is prepared as ordered to ensured maximum freshness. Plenty of prawns and oysters that you can accompany with the salad section thats just aside.
The Deli section with plenty of cheeses, cured meats, breads, nuts…..make it very hard to resist.
Then just when you are starting to think you are about to pop, you still have the dessert section. Im not much of a sweet tooth but i have to say this was the only area that let me down. The chocolate fountain looked tempting, but they were not offering strawberries to dip in, and this is almost a crime to me. You must have strawberries next to a chocolate fountain! Well,there´s plenty of cakes, slices, the raspberry crumble looked tempting and the dessert section was saved by the most amazing vanilla ice cream i have had in a while.
And just to finish in a high, their coffees are very very good. The husband commented on how good the Chai latte was, and the peppermint tea and mocachino were also tasted and got a seal of approval.
Almost three hours later, and with no plans of eating for the next two days, we were happy. The couch style chairs were actually very very comfortable and accommodated perfectly for a long sitting. The place was full and there was a very familiar atmosphere. I think booking would come helpful to avoid any waiting time. Having said it all, we will be back!
COLLINS KITCHEN is located in : 123 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000.
Visit their website: www.melbourne.grand.hyattrestaurants.com