Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace.
Drake raps about it. J-Lo wears it. I however, got to dine at it. The Giardino brunch that is, located inside the fairly new Palazzo Versace hotel. The hotel, has only been open for a few months and the brunch has only in operation for a few weeks.
Giardino, meaning Garden it Italian, is a restaurant decorated like the dress J-Lo wore to Grammy’s in 2000. View it here. Green Versace Dress From the walls, to the furniture and even the staff uniforms are made with this green leafy pattern hence creating an optical illusion.
I was privileged to be dining with a group of around 20 foodies for another #ZomatoMeetup event. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of champagne and a tour of the restaurant.
I roamed around to take some photos and view what food stations were on offer. I was particularly impressed with the food art made out of chocolate into beautiful sculptures including the leaning tower of Pisa and the Colosseum.
The DJ spun some great disco and house tunes throughout the day which made us want to get up and boogie however there is no set dance floor. The atmosphere is light, bright and breezy as the surrounding doors are open out onto the outdoor terrace and pool area.
You can help yourself to the various food stations or you can use cards with your table number and have the staff bring your plates directly to your table.
Giardino has a pasta cart…
An ice cream cart…
and a cocktail cart which all arrive at your table during your brunch visit.
I found the salad station to be a bit boring and lacking any real variety. The seafood option however was aplenty. The grilled lobster was the highlight for me. So fresh and flavorsome. If only they offered more grilled seafood, for example prawns and perhaps some oysters kilpatrick. They also have a cheese and foie gras section offering an impressive foie gras creme brulee.
We were also brought various dishes to try at our table, which included loads of Indian fare.
However I found the Italian food the tastiest. In particular the gnocchi in mushroom sauce which almost made soup like and better eaten with a spoon. Rich, creamy and delicate.
As well as these stuffed pasta bites filled with cheese and topped with tomato sauce and drizzled with balsamic.
Post mains we sat back and enjoyed some desserts which were served to our table. They ranged from Indian sweets to a selection of pastries, cakes and treats. What would brunch be without us foodies playing with food and taking some funny photos. See Gaganjeet from Baggage and Dish below with his gulab jamun for eyeballs. Favorites for me included the chocolate brownie and chocolate mousse.
What better way to digest all the food than with a nice cup of green tea presented in this gorgeous Versace gold detailed teacup.
All brunch guests get free pool access as well as going into a draw to win a nights stay for 2 at the hotel including breakfast. Not a bad deal. You can see the winners announced on their twitter account.
There are multiple pools on the premises with one being an infinity pool but it’s missing a decent view.
I expected better service but it’s still early days. I’ve given feedback to the management team so hopefully with some tweaks it will improve going forward.
The location is a little out of the way compared to other Friday brunches but the roads were quiet and it’s easy to find.
Overall, Giardino brunch has a great atmosphere and impresses with it’s seafood offerings and well executed Italian.
Bookings are essential. Call 04 4371640.