Mediter­rAneAn Sun­days

Come for brunch and stay for the day with Sof­i­tel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Re­sort's new­est Sun­day of­fer­ing, the Riviera Brunch.

Exquisite Taste - - Gourmet | Bali - By Amanda O'Con­nor

Avery Mediter­ranean feel has over­taken Cucina on Sun­days with its stylish new sum­mery look, black­boards de­tail­ing food and wine of­fer­ings and a sassy new staff uni­form. With an out­door ter­race over­look­ing the pool, as well as plenty of in­door seat­ing in the sunny restau­rant and live mu­sic play­ing through­out the brunch, guests are set for an in­dul­gent Sun­day.

The ex­cel­lent ser­vice and stag­ger­ing ar­ray of high-qual­ity food choices is per­haps even bet­ter than be­fore as the Cucina team con­tin­ues to raise the bar with its Sun­day brunch.

Greeted with a re­fresh­ing home­made limon­cello, din­ers are spoiled for choice as they pe­ruse the abun­dance of live­cook­ing sta­tions and tables groan­ing un­der the weight of de­li­cious Mediter­ranean del­i­ca­cies spread across three rooms. The se­lec­tion of an­tipasti re­mains un­ri­valled in Bali and it's hard to know where to look first!

Hav­ing piled your plate high with cold cuts, cheese and olives, per­haps ac­com­pa­nied by some of the freshly baked gor­geous ar­ti­sanal bread, it's time to take a look at the mul­ti­tude of live-cook­ing sta­tions and hot dishes vy­ing for your at­ten­tion. The fresh seafood is piled high on ice, both ready to eat and for grilling, and close by is the Aperol stand. This bright or­ange drink is a very Ital­ian apéri­tif made of bit­ter or­ange, gen­tian, rhubarb and cin­chona, among other things, most pop­u­larly drunk as an Aperol Spritz with prosecco and a splash of soda.

In the main din­ing area, Ital­ian flair is clearly seen in the Tus­cany-style roasted whole bar­ra­mundi and Ro­man roast lamb leg with an­chovies, gar­lic, rose­mary and sage, while braised lamb, wine-braised chicken and veg­etable mous­saka are other Mediter­ranean op­tions. The salad bar of­fers

gar­den-fresh choices, the pizza oven keeps churn­ing out hot piz­zas and fresh pasta and risotto are con­tin­u­ally cooked.

As if this ex­trav­a­gant feast didn't pro­vide enough choice, there is a va­ri­ety of pass arounds and an à la carte menu of­fer­ing spiced lamb cut­let, lob­ster ravi­oli with foie gras, as well as bowls of tiramisu, straw­berry salad and panna cotta, among other choices.

The en­tic­ing ar­ray of desserts in­cludes zabaglione with straw­ber­ries, huge bowls of ei­ther cof­fee, lemon or straw­berry tiramisu, Ital­ian dough­nuts, di­vine canoli stuffed with cus­tard, drenched in warm caramel and sprin­kled with crushed pis­ta­chios made to or­der and more than can pos­si­bly be men­tioned.

The brunch it­self comes with a free flow of soft drinks, ice tea and mock­tails, while there are two al­co­hol pack­ages, one of­fer­ing free-flow prosecco, Tala­m­onti wines, beer, mock­tails and cock­tails, and one that in­cludes Lan­son Cham­pagne.

Kids un­der the age of 12 eat free and there is an ad­join­ing kids' play­room, a ma­gi­cian tour­ing the tables and all brunch guests have free use of the re­sort's swim­ming pool as well as beach ac­cess, mak­ing this a highly mem­o­rable day out with fam­ily and friends.

Fresh pasta sta­tion

Foc­ca­cia, olives, and freshly cooked pizza

Home­made Limon­cello

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