What better way to start the day, than to sip on fresh mimosas on a Saturday morning surrounded by little plates of India? Well it certainly got our weekend off to a cracking start! I used to visit Zouk frequently a few years ago when I lived in town, as I was a little obsessed with their Chicken Tikka, so when we were invited along to try their new Brunch menu, we leapt at the chance and it definitely did not disappoint! I’ve always been a fan of the contemporary, airy restaurant, as there is plenty of space to soak up the authentic scents and ambiance.
We started with Channa Puri, which is the most commonly eaten breakfast in India. A dish of chickpeas cooked in a spicy tomato masala, served with Indian fried bread- absolutely divine. Think posh Indian beans and toast! This definitely whet our appetite for the next course…
Bombay baked eggs. Eggs baked in delicious mild spices alongside spinach, tomatoes and potatoes were perfection on a plate. The yolk porn was insane… if you know, you know for all you egg lovers out there!
We hadn’t realised we were going to be treated to many different dishes, so we were happily wolfing down our eggs when we were greeted by A Maharajas Breakfast.This could only have been the breakfast for Kings! The plate was packed with fried egg, seekh kebab, turkey rashers, spicy tomatoes, juicy mushrooms and spicy baked beans! It was obscenely good! By this time, we couldn’t quite move, but the dishes just kept coming!
Next up was Spiced Keema and Anda Bhurji. Delicious spiced scrambled eggs done the Indian way, cooked with gentle spices, so as not to taste overpowering and served with pan-fried spice keema. Although tasty, it wasn’t my most favourite egg dish of the day!
Well, they certainly saved the best dish until last! We literally had no room left in our little tummies, but when the Bollywood Benedict came out, there was no way we weren’t going to find some way of squeezing it in. This was my personal favourite dish of the whole brunch and one that I would thoroughly recommend just going for Brunch for! Poached egg on a bed of sautéed spinach, covered with a turkey rasher and nestled between a warm toasted muffin, but what made it extra special was the smothering of masala sauce. I’m definitely going back for this again! It really was out of this world.
When the sweet treats arrived, I knew I was rolling out of there! This wasn’t a brunch this was a banquet fit for royalty! Our last dish of the brunch was freshly baked waffles, with confit and a medley of fresh fruit! It was glorious, but I just couldn’t quite finish it all!
The staff were really attentive and actually made you feel as if you were part of an Indian family. The atmosphere was lovely and chilled and this really was a great start to the weekend. If you are looking for a brunch with a twist in town (Manchester City Centre) then I would highly recommend it! It might not be the first place you would think to go for a brunch but trust me; you’ll have an unforgettable experience.