Taking a leaf out of E.L.James' current runaway best-selling tome - Fifty Shades of Grey, I found over 50 shades of great-tasting dishes from local shores and further afield at the newly launched Sparkalite Brunch at InterContinental KL's Serene Brasserie.
Unlike the leading male protagonist who's a total control freak, I had to get a firm grip of my own self-control when faced with the huge smorgasbord of goodies laid out...slabs of tender beef, lamb cutlets, crayfish, gourmet sausages, boneless chicken fillet and prawns tempting provocatively from the barbie whilst chefs dutifully dish out Aussie fish & chips, mini meat pies, potted eggs from live actions stations.
Heaps of chilled assorted seafood: shucked oysters, mussels, crabs and bamboo clams beckon from the entrance; jostling for attention amidst platters of colourful sushi rolls, glistening raw fish slices and mixed salads. Talk about sumptuous sea-duction!
What a fabulous way to add some sparkle to mundane Sundays and one's love life! Despite it being billed as brunch, the buffet opens at noon - perfect for city folks tend to snooze late and awaken just in time for a mid-morning lunch. At RM198++ per head, there's a free flow of sparkling, red/white wines and beer to leave you happily tipsy while teetotalers pay a sobering price of RM120++.
I can't recall the last time I was this excited over a buffet spread but it's a befitting avenue for new executive chef Darrell O'Neill to showcase his inimitable creativity. Everything being so fresh, so enticing, so Oz-some...what's not to like?
Even if you have kids in tow, don't let them dampen your languid serenity... Leave them at the Kids' Corner - a section filled with colourful kids-size furniture, foil balloons and a Candy Station and you'd Zen out in no time at all. After all, there's a telly showing cartoons and animated movies plus lots of fun, interactive activities to keep even the most hyper junior master chefs occupied.
Need something to spice up your life? Ah, then take your pick from myriad Malay, Indian and Chinese delights: Peking duck wrapped in pancakes, mutton curry, prawns masak lemak, laksa and briyani rice...are but some blazing picks available.
Ooohhh, you rather a more Euro-centric dalliance? Look no further! Get the chefs to rustle up some sexy, saucy Italian pasta or stake your claim on a piece or two of ye olde English roasts (we love the exceptional Sunday roast beef with Yorkshire pudding). Otherwise tango with Spanish stews of veal and meatballs and lap up bowls of hearty seafood tomato soup whilst scarfing down gourmet cheeses.
Devilishly sweet but oh so decadent lamingtons, pavlova, rocky road and strawberry ice cream sprinkled with crushed pistachios should have you succumbing to temptations in no time at all!
Serena Brasserie, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +603-2161 1111