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I’m not a fan of the kind of brunches that have taken over London in the last decade. The idea of booming music and a conga line before 1am is unsettling to me. Not to mention the waiters that actively swerve your depleting Aperol Spritz when you make good use of the bottomless option. Thank goodness for the brunch at Four Seasons at Park Lane which has the total opposite atmosphere – instead of a DJ blasting out 80’s remixes, you’ll find a live vocalist. Instead of sugary cocktails, the hotel has partnered with Champagne house Ruinart. The newly launched weekend brunch menu at Amaranto (£49 for brunch, £59 with a glass of Ruinart and £95 for free flow Champagne) brings a heavy dose of chic for hungry Londoners. You should probably brunch here this weekend.
We walk through the brooding lounge to the glass-encased dining room, flooded with winter light. Fornasetti decor is scattered throughout. As expected (but so often lacking) from a five star hotel, service is at its peak, where you feel welcomed and familiar.
For brunch, guests choose two dishes from a menu which is diverse enough to cater to everyone. Think octopus carpaccio, vegan spaghetti Bolognese and poached eggs topped with caviar. If that doesn’t sound like it’ll please your fussiest and your most adventurous friends, I don’t know what will. Although the restaurant typically offers Italian cuisine, on weekends there’s a totally different palate over at the Moroccan station. Chefs will also attend to tables with freshly made, tasty surprises from the kitchen – we tried the warming morel risotto.
For many, the highlight will be the decadent dessert table. Four Seasons does not hold back when it comes to food and sweets are most certainly a bragging point. However, I loved the small made-to-order plates, particularly the deep fried artichoke which sat atop a creamy, sweet potato puree. And as for meat lovers, I’ve yet to meet one that didn’t like a meatball, and the kitchen makes it authentic and hearty. The dining experience is family friendly, begins at noon and ends at 3:30pm.
Four Seasons Park Lane
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