Celebrating the Weekend with a Saturday Brunch!
Personally, I love brunch! It’s a perfect morning to get a little indulgence to kick start the weekend. Hitting the latest promotion scene in the city, Mediteca at Fraser Place is bringing an Eat-All You-Can Saturday Brunch to you. Mediteca, a Mediterranean Wine Bar, has been serving up luscious arrays of modern European cuisine since early this year. Helmed by Chef Riccardo Ferrarotti, he entices gourmands with his imported selections of the finest delicatessen products to be savored with Mediteca’s collection of wines from all over.
Walking into Mediteca, the cozy ambience filled with lots of natural lights is very welcoming and pleasing at sight. It has a lovely spacious interior filled with lots of wood partnered with steel and cement. There is an upper level dining as well to cater for private functions. A beautiful long bar counter and an open kitchen allow guests to have some kitchen action. Mediteca also has an extensive retail offering such as fresh deli produce, baked goods, fine selection of delicatessen products, sauces and more for sale. The menu offers a decent list of Mediterranean dishes, tapas, cheeses and a little more.
Mediteca’s Eat-All You-Can Saturday Brunch has guests enjoying unlimited offerings of cold cuts and fine cheeses with homemade pickles and condiments, unlimited salad bar and desserts. Select a main dish from its weekly menu that rotates to feature different European fare. It was Greek week when I was there recently whereas Italian took reign the week before.
When Greek is in themed, the salad bar took form with Greek inspired salads like Dakos Salad, Horta Salad, Chili, Cabbage & Onion Salad, Greek Salad and my all-time-favorite Tzatziki dip served with Grissini. It’s a lovely and colorful bar filled with lots of vegetables and dressing.
While I was watching a show recently, there was this hand slicer that was featured and it is said to churn out beautiful thin slices of cold cuts like no other. The hand wheel allows better control and cuts finer according to the tv show. Hence when I saw this hand slicer here at Mediteca, I was immediately impressed by the fact that Chef Riccardo brought in one from Europe!
The slicer makes perfect thin cuts of the much beloved antipasto of salami, prosciutto, jamon and more. My platter of unlimited cold cuts of fine delicatessen meat arrived with sides of gorgeous creamy cheeses. It was a delicious sight of cured Porchetta Ham, Salami, Spicy Salami Chorizo, Panchetta and Serrano Ham. There are also other selections available depending on the availability. Nestled snugly among the meat are slices of Asiago and Montasio cheeses with a big chunk of the ever funky Gorgonzola.
The cured meat melts with pure salty goodness. It has such a finesse of meaty essence and matches perfectly with the lovely array of pickles, chutneys and fruit jams. I was particularly fond of the Porchetta and Serrano ham paired with fig jam and tomato chutney.
The cheeses are really good too in their own flavors. The Montasio is really beautiful and while some may avoid the Gorgonzola, I actually had quite a bit of this. Its ultra-creamy with deep pungent flavor of the cheese.
Check out the bowls of house-made fruit jams and pickles. Almost every condiment is so good that I went back for second helpings of it all!
Working my way through, I had a soup of the day which turn out to be Chickpea Soup. Served piping hot, the chickpea soup is really a creamy nutty bisque. Dotted with bits of sausage meat, the soup is pretty fililng and flavors are rustic and comforting. Even my little one loves this lot!
For mains, it was a tough choice as I really love Moussaka but I decided on Fish in Phyllo instead. After all that delicious antipasti and salad with bisque, I wanted something light and this dish was perfect. A lovely flaky white fish encased in buttery crisp phyllo was baked till just right. Its really juicy and buttery with simple delicate flavors. On the side is Penne pasta with sausage meat in a light herb sauce.
I barely have room for dessert! The dessert counter was filled with Chocolate Fudge, Ricotta Tart and Rice Pudding and a little more. Next time I know to save a little room for desserts.
Did I mention that there are also unlimited refills of Ice Lemon Tea? None of those water down kind but nicely brewed tea with a good dose of lemons.
Mediteca showcase modern Mediterranean cuisine with great finesse! The dishes here uses minimal ingredients but made superbly to show off the quality and freshness of the produce. Their menu has also recently added porky fare to cater to lovers of the hog. Do check out the Saturday Brunch promotion as it is really a great deal if one is a big fan of cured delicatessen products and Mediterranean cuisine. They have plenty of wine available for extra pampering. Make sure to call and ask the theme for each week as one will never know which country one might taste that Saturday!
Mediteca’s Saturday Brunch is priced at RM58++ per person. The Eat-All You-Can Brunch starts from 11.30am to 3.00pm and kids below 12 years old eat for free.
Lot 163, Fraser Place,
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2181 2426
Fax: +603 2161 1106
Business Hours: Monday to Saturday 11.30am till late