Ritz-Carlton Sunday Brunch
Just wondering if anyone has had the $79 Ritz-Carlton Sunday Brunch, and thoughts? I know it does include all-inclusive Mimosa and Bellini bar, so that goes a way towards that price, but what kind of food? Can't find a menu or photos on the website.
It doesn't include any alcohol in the price, but the brand new "Bon Vivant" Sunday brunch buffet (11-4 pm, though they cleared everything by 3:30) at Stock at Trump Hotel is excellent. Less variety than Ritz (based on everyone's photos on this thread) but high quality. Tomahawk roast was aged to tender perfection. Truffled mac'n'cheese in individual dishes was also al dente perfection. Cold seafood: plump fresh oysters (excellent quality and taste - west coast huge Kumamoto), mussels, clams, shrimp, smoked salmon. Strange salty individually-dished quinoa salad was the only misstep. 4 cheeses and 3 charcuterie meats included one fantastic duck prosciutto (we assumed -- the irk was that NOTHING was labelled anywhere other than the dessert/chocolate cart which is well-labelled -- had to flag down staff to ask what everything was!) There were also 2 gorgeous quiches (chicken & leek; spinach), sausages & bacon, omelette station (with friendly, helpful chef and some unusual ingredients), one green salad, and a vast array of viennoiserie, berries, cakes, tarts, macarons, and many chocolate cart selections that normally cost an arm and a leg! (Sadly, the snickers candy bars ran out long before we were ready for dessert and they weren't able to reStock them.) Granted, some of the sweets and some of the savouries (like quinoa, and some of the seafood) were average. But the roast beef and kumamotos and chocolate truffles more than made up the value. They should consider adding another meat (poultry or fish) to the hot table, and another type of salad or two to the cold table.
Bon Vivant brunch is $49 plus alcoholic drinks (the charming server said juice and coffee were included, though at the end we were handed a bill for fresh grapefruit juice $7; coffee $5 and chamomile tea $7 - they removed them from the bill when questioned). Live music is questionable - 2 older guys playing mostly Neil Young and Tom Petty - the music otherwise is LOUD 80s rock ("Love Bites" by Def Leppard; "In the Air Tonight" etc.) Demographic seemed to include a birthday party ("cake" was a chocolate champagne "bottle" with candle on the plate), young Russian models, older people, etc. Skip the valet parking and use the unlimited unmetered free street parking just outside the lobby on Adelaide eastbound.
re: Food Tourist
re: Food Tourist
For $42 including alcohol -- and if you want a lovely Sunday drive to a destination with a lovely lakefront location, amazing view, and ice skating rink beneath -- drive to Spencers at the Waterfront in Burlington for the biggest buffet outside of Las Vegas, with high quality food and drinks. Ask to be seated in the Observatory - all glass, spectacular views.
So one fine Sunday afternoon, @dchua and I and another mate went to said Brunch and had an awesome time. Pictures are located here --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/29242611...
It seems that the buffet's offerings change from time to time. It's a bit different from what KSR indicated earlier .. instead of herbed chicken, it was stuffed chicken leg with gorgonzola, and the carving station had beef wellington.. and yes, the post-meal beverages (tea/coffee/espresso) were also included in the price.
while its pricy at $80, it turns out to be good value if you compare it to a dinner at the same price point. when i was there they had:
all inclusive bellinis
all inclusive espressos drinks (iirc)
3 quality cheeses
cold lobster tails
breads, bagels, croissants
herbed roast chicken
and a few other things
but the best part was the desserts! so save room :)