By Editors

The lack of planning perhaps prevented you from skipping town this long weekend, but worry not, there’s always food {lots of it} to comfort you. We picked our top 12 weekend brunches; from Indian food, to Continental, and all the way east to Japanese, we have you covered.

Olive |

Olive takes their Sunday brunches very seriously, and all for good reason. Their brunches’ reputation precede even the food. Although the brunches are studded with high heeled, bags in the nook of the elbow, Delhi glitterati, the food goes a long way in distracting. Choose from a massive spread of pizzas, pastas, soups and salads, all living up to Olive’s general high standards. They don’t allow a la carte during brunch hours. Also, make it a perfect Sunday, and make your way up to Creme Spa {it’s in Olive, on the first floor} for a little downtime.

Where: One Style Mile, Haveli 6, Mehrauli; Contact: +91 9810235472, 011 29574444

Timings: 12pm – 4pm

Price: INR 3200 per head, includes unlimited food and alcohol

China Kitchen | 

China Kitchen aces their unlimited Chinese buffet, so it’s probably a good thing it is on both Saturdays and Sundays. They offer almost everything on the a la carte menu as part of their brunch, but a special shout-out to the dim sums and the signature China Kitchen duck. We strongly recommend making a reservation; this brunch runs to capacity almost every weekend.  They allow a la carte only on Saturday.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi; Contact: 011 26791234

Timings: 12pm – 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday

Price: INR 2500 without alcohol, INR 3850 with alcohol per head {exclusive of taxes}

Set’z | 

The brunch at Set’z probably needs no introduction, but we’ll throw it in for good measure. They have on buffet seven different international cuisines, and we can guarantee you’ll be spoilt for choice. Go on an empty stomach, and get a table outside as soon as the weather clears. Another great spotting station for South Delhi’s signature style, but there’s too much food to try to really care. They don’t allow a la carte, and reservation is recommended. Also, there’s a spa and salon right next door, if you want capitalize on your day of rest.

Where: 3rd Floor, DLF Emporio Mall, New Delhi; Contact: 011 43119999, 011 43119998

Timings: 12pm – 4pm

Price: INR 2275 per person, includes unlimited alcohol {exclusive of taxes}

360 at the Oberoi | 

If you haven’t had the 360 experience yet, we suggest you get on this bandwagon stat. Between a fine display of hundreds of types of wines, impeccable 5 star hotel service, and food so varied, you won’t come away unhappy. They switch up their menu ever so often, but we want you to head straight to the sushi counter. The servers are helpful and will assist with any questions/food allergies you may have. Special mention to their dessert line-up; just warning you, so you can save some stomach space. They don’t allow a la carte during brunch.

Where: The Oberoi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi; Contact: 011 24363030

Timings: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Price: INR 4000 includes champagne, INR 3400 includes just wine and beer  {exclusive of taxes}

Turquoise Cottage | 

For a more relaxed {read: cheaper} brunch, TC serves up a lazy sunday brunch, complete with live music. Head there for dim sums, Chinese wok specialties, teppanyaki grills, and soups. They also have a salad bar and a live Khao Suey station. Far cry from most bar food, and an interesting switch up to your more luxe sunday brunches. They don’t allow a la carte during brunch.

Where: MA 03, Restaurant Block, DLF Place Mall, Saket, New Delhi; Contact: 011 4768 6868, 98 18 182812

Timings: 12pm – 4pm

Price: INR 599 without alcohol, INR 999 with unlimited alcohol {exclusive of taxes}

Oh! Calcutta | 

Here’s that Indian food we were talking about. Oh! Calcutta serves machh preparations, seafood options, and an exhaustive Bengali spread. As for dessert, you can expect sandesh, rasgullas, and the occasional appearance of the cham cham. The ambience is a bit staid, and more family friendly, so don’t expect a boozy brunch {even though there is alcohol available}. They also allow ordering from the menu.

Where: Ground Floor, E Block, International Trade Towers, Nehru Place; Contact: 011 30402415, 011 30402417

Timings: 12.30 – 3.30pm

Price: INR 750 per person, includes alcohol {exclusive of taxes}

Yauatcha | 

Most brunches offer you dim sums, but no one will do them like the specialists themselves. For brunch, they offer exhaustive non veggie fare, including baked chicken puffs, stir fried lamb with granny smith apples, and egg fried rice, upstaged entirely by over 10 types of dim sums. As for the cocktail selections, try the Ginger Martinis, and follow them up with one of their many desserts. All this in the company of their resident DJ and soft, ambient music.

Where: Level 2, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi; Contact: 011 49584444

Timings: 12pm – 4pm

Price: INR 2000 includes unlimited beverages, INR 2300 includes unlimited Kingfisher beer, INR 2750 includes unlimited Indian sparkling wine

Tres |

No dim sums, or anything resembling them. Tres serves European cuisine, and their brunch includes salads, sandwiches, and starters followed by the choice of chicken, turkey and lamb cooked in different European styles. Tres follows through on that European theme in their design aesthetic, and you can expect a dimly lit, wooden furniture decorated ambience. Perfect for date lunches! They serve the a la carte menu too.

Where: 17, Main Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi; Contact: 011 24625520, +91 9910061041

Timings: 12pm – 4pm

Price: INR 2500 without alcohol, INR 3500 includes unlimited alcohol {inclusive of taxes}

Sakura | 

For traditional Japanese fare, and by that we mean a lot more than sushi, Sakura is a winner. They offer unlimited authentic sushi, sashimi, tempura, teppanyaki, and even have a Ramen counter. Their menu changes every Sunday, but the sushi and sashimi are staples. The ambience is a bit corporate, and you can be sure majority of your fellow diners will be Japanese. Bookmark for the food, and not if you’re looking for a loud brunch with lots of beer.

Where: Time Tower, MG Road, Gurgaon and The Metropolitan Hotel, Connaught Place; Contact: 01244200950 {Gurgaon} and 01142500200 {Connaught Place}

Timings: 12pm – 3pm

Price: INR 2600 with alcohol, INR 2200 without alcohol {exclusive of taxes}

Tonino |

Tucked away on MG road, Tonino has on offer a live pizza and pasta counter, soups, salads, and a giant dessert line up. Also, it’s an oasis of sorts – maybe it’s all the greenery and open architecture – but we find it’s the closest you’ll come to feeling like you’re not in an overcrowded city. Lastly, major score for those looking for a romantic setting. They do not allow the option of a la carte.

Where: 76/27, Near Andheria More, Mehrauli; Contact: 01126802633, 01126801588

Timings: 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Price: INR 1595 inclusive of 2 soft drinks, INR 1795  includes 2 glasses of beer/wine, INR 2045 includes 2 glasses of sparkling wine, {exclusive of taxes}

Hungry Monkey |

The Hungry Monkey calls their brunch the Sunday Flying Brunch, featuring a delectable menu comprising over 10 starters, fresh baked breads {organ loaf, white oat loaf, whole wheat loaf, soft rolls, baguette, lavash}, a flying buffet {just nomenclature, everything stays on ground} and topped off with a fine selection of desserts {chocolate chilli bread pudding for the win}. Make it all better and choose the option offering unlimited alcohol.We recommend you make a reservation.

Where: The Hungry Monkey, Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park; Contact: 9810788196

Timings: 12pm-4pm

Price: INR 1600 {without alcohol}, and INR 2250 {with alcohol}, excluding taxes.

Brunching in Gurgaon instead? Worry not, check out the Gurgaon edition here.