We don’t usually go for Christmas or Easter brunches in our own city, and most certainly not to five stars because it’s usually the same multi-cuisine menu across all of them. But not this one. Having already fallen in love with this stunning Italian restaurant the night before, we couldn’t wait to see what the purely Italian Easter Brunch at Stax was like! It was the perfect ending to our weekend staycation at the Hyatt Regency Mumbai.
Stax Hyatt Regency Mumbai
We arrived at the restaurant feeling relaxed and completely refreshed from our Spa session by around 1:30. It was already buzzing, but thankfully the buffet counters weren’t crowded. This we learnt was because only the antipasti and dessert were laid out on the counters. The mains were being made to order. Lovely.
Starting off with a chilled glass of Sangria, we then proceeded to survey the antipasti counter. We’re known to avoid soup normally, but the Truffle Soup and Chicken Tortellini Soup both let off a whiff of the divine. So we began with that. Completely oblivious to the sheer variety of excellent dishes that was to follow.
Picking our favourites from the AntiPasti counter was just about impossible. So we proceeded to serve ourselves with the tiniest portions of just about as many options we could load onto our plates. The pepper coated Tuna with Orange Segments was definitely refreshing as was the Melon and Ham Salad. The Mimosa Salad was a new experience, and we quite enjoyed it. I could just about muster enough space for these delectable pork loin bits, because I also wanted to slather on some of their delicious looking herb butters onto some bread. While I was at it, I added a little more freshness with a Brussel Sprouts Salad and then balanced it with slices of Ham with gravy.
Before we could look up, our mains arrived. Steaming plates of Ham and Cheese Pie (these weren’t single serves, but a more rustic and traditional one pot serves, excellent.) The Pumpkin Ravioli had an almond butter sauce that was to die for. And the Spaghetti Carbonara (usually Charles’ acid test at Italian restaurants) was just right! We tried hard. Every dish was delicious and we know we’d be craving this taste by evening, so we went slow, savouring every mouthful, knowing there was only so much we could eat, because we still had dessert to go through.
Dessert was most certainly the piece de resistance on an Easter Sunday like this. The sheer innovation behind these simple, non-fussy desserts surprised us. The Poached Pear was authentic, crispy and not at all soggy. The Tiramisu is their star dish, so definitely can’t go wrong with that. It was divine. There was an elegant and very cute “Easter egg” made from White Chocolate shell, White Chocolate Mousse and Mango Jelly. Another one you don’t see too often was the Chocolate Creme Caramel. Just the right amount of bitter, balancing with the sweetness perfectly. And then the White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Coulis (which had actual pieces of Raspberry in it).
Our compliments to the chef. This was by far the best brunch we’ve ever had in Mumbai. To be able to whip up such a vast menu, that features so many authentic dishes without borrowing from the world of Multi-Cuisine, to be able to romance the authentic simplicity of Italian food without being tempted to dress it up in unrecognisable layers, to be able to get every dish right, even the interesting and unusual ones, Wow. Just wow. If you haven’t had a taste of the Italian Branzo, you know exactly where you need to be next Sunday.
The Italian Branzo at Stax Hyatt Regency Mumbai is a Sunday Brunch that is priced at Rs. 1600 without alcohol and Rs. 2500 with alcohol, featuring, access to the Hyatt Regency Pool (you know, just so you don’t feel as guilty about all the calories) and some activities to keep the kids busy. This post was made possible by the Hyatt Regency Mumbai, opinions, as always are our own.