Since today is the last day of 2009, I’ll blog about something more positive and celebratory…like the Champagne Buffet Brunch I had last Sunday with Jeen, Shum and rif at Vincenzo, One Bangsar. Located next to Zens Korean BBQ, Vincenzo is comfortable, understated and classy with a patio section if you like dining alfresco. They don’t have many tables around, so it’s best to call ahead and reserve a place. The buffet brunch (Sunday only) is priced at RM98++ per person with two glasses of champagne, free flow of sparkling brut, wine and mocktails. It is RM68++ per person without alcohol, but with a free flow of mocktails. If you have a CIMB or Direct Access Card, it’s 50% off for two pax. Sadly, I was there on the last day of the buffet brunch (27th Dec). I had to make reservations a month in advance and that Sunday was the only day they were available — I guess good deals get taken up fast. We reached the restaurant by 11.30am, and most of the tables were filled. The buffet spread was small, but sufficient and delicious nonetheless. I started with some spinach soup. At first glance, this well-blended soup looked plain and unappetizing but it tasted quite good. I liked its subdued and delicate flavours — a nice change from the popular mushroom soup.If Vincenzo were to have a brunch buffet again, try each and every type of appetizer on spoon they serve. They ran out really fast that day. I only got to eat one turkey ham roll with green bean, and that was the tastiest of the lot. rif who was waiting at the table while us girls went to get our food missed out on the turkey roll. He was upset, and even more so when he saw the satisfying looks on our faces as we ate our turkey roll. The thin crust pizzas were not fantastic, but they were addictive. There was a choice of pepperoni and Hawaiian — rif and I liked the latter. Shum liked the mussels and clams in creamy sauce, a lot. I lost count of how many servings she had. That girl loves her seafood, while I take pleasure in eating red meat. The roasted lamb leg was tender and flavoursome from the generous addition of rosemary and garlic. Come to think of it, almost everything tastes good with rosemary. I had quite a bit of this, washed down with an equally generous amount of Processo. *hic*Pastas were decent, but nothing great. I enjoyed the spaghetti aglio olio with mushrooms more than the penne with tomato & basil sauce. The smoked salmon with lemon slices went very well with the sparkling, and I helped myself to a couple more slices of pizzas and mussels. *did you just call me greedy?*
The creme brulee was almost gone by the time I got to the desserts. This silken eggy custard topped with glazed, sticky caramel was rich and luxurious. As delightful as the crème brulee was, it was the bread and butter pudding that gained the most merits with us. Most places I’ve been to in KL rarely make bread & butter pudding well — it is often bland, overly gloppy or downright dry. Not Vincenzo’s. Their bread & butter pudding had a thick, creamy mildness that was extremely satisfying. Sadly, the rest of the patrons agreed with me, and this was wiped out quicker than I could spell B-R-E-A-D-A-N-D-B-U-T-T-E-R-P-U-D-D-I-N-G.Service was satisfactory — my waiter was friendly and generous with the alcohol. They ran out of Processo towards the end, so the manager quickly opened a bottle of Gosset Champagne for me instead. That was really nice of them. Brunch was lovely, and the ambiance is perfect for a relaxing weekend or even a weeknight. I wouldn’t say the food is knock-your-socks-off great, but it’s decent enough to warrant a revisit.
Verdict: For RM98++ person (I got it half price), it’s probably one of the cheapest Champagne Brunches around.
One Bangsar, Jalan Ara,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
03 2287 1686
2009 has been an alright year for me. I accomplished some of the things I wanted to do (except that TV Food Host gig I so badly want) and met many wonderful people. Here’s to a better year for me and you.