Hyatt Capital Gate Sky Brunch
The first thing that strikes you as you enter the hotel is the space. The ground floor entrance, though, does not actually take you to the lobby of the hotel. The lobby is found on the 18th floor. However, on the ground floor you will find a rather soulless cafe, Profiterole. Now I have been to this Hyatt on about 5-7 occasions and I am yet to find a customer/guest at this cafe. I often wonder how these cafes contribute to a hotel's bottom line. Anyway, I spent about half an hour killing time by reading a book before going up to the 18th floor for brunch.
|Splendid architecture that is the Hyatt Capital Gate.|
|The Lounge, adjacent to 18°.|
I was welcomed at the entrance to the restaurant and shown to my table - I was dining with a friend and our table for 2 was ideally located; a few paces from the centre of the buffet. Those of you who read my post on Rosewater may recall that I was impressed with the intimate nature of the buffet as opposed to the opulence and grandeur of, say Sofra. http://mitsukiemma.blogspot.ae/2013/07/rosewater-at-jumeirah-etihad-towers.html
Well, 18° has even fewer dishes and those used to the endless variety at other brunches might be disappointed with the spread here, but I was not disappointed. It did feel great knowing that there was quality on display.
|Passion fruit and vodka|
|Proseco with a view|
Briefly, the spread is too small to talk about 'stations'. The grill station, for want of a better expression, features some grilled vegetables with lamb, beef and fish next to it. The seafood, modest but fresh, consists of salmon, mussels and oysters. The French oysters were shucked very well, making it an all-round wonderful seafood experience. If there is a disappointing aspect, it would be the salad section, which is too modest. I felt a decided lack of green, leafy options. . The Australian lamb was an absolute highlight, just as it was a year earlier. The beef, though, was even far superior and I felt compelled to have seconds.
|Sensitively shucked oysters with red wine dressing|
|The beef, immaculately cooked.|
|Modest but delicious grill 'station'|
|The grilled vegetables were outstanding|
|Asparagus wrapped in beef, peppadews stuffed with olives and egg plant in white sauce.|
|Fantastic cheese 'station', a great precursor to the Wednesday evening Cheese and Wine.|