Monthly Sunday Brunch: Zenzero @ St Mary Place

May 26, 2017

Heres a bright, buoyant reason to celebrate the weekend: One of KLs top Italian restaurants recently revamped its monthly Sunday brunches, featuring course after course of beautiful sharing platters prepared by chef Paolo Petris & his team, featuring the touchstones of cuisine from bel paese in one bountiful feast (the next brunch is scheduled for Fathers Day).

Bread, that steadfast starter for an Italian meal, sets a confident tone for Zenzeros brunch, with no fewer than five varieties - ciabatta, onion focaccia, fried focaccia, grissini & semolina sheets - for Mays edition of this event. The exact offerings for each monthly brunch will evolve, but customers can expect to be served with soup (warm Irish oyster broth with leeks, potatoes & watercress in our case), followed by a colourful smorgasbord of small bites - air-dried beef bresaola & buffalo mozzarella with a salad of arugula, parmesan & lemon dressing; salmon gravlax marinated in citrus jus, with an orange & red onion salad; & NZ green shell mussels & scallops gratinated with bechamel sauce & herbed breadcrumbs proved ideal to ignite the appetite.

Pasta pleasure is next - our triumvirate of Zenzeros kitchen-made squid ink ravioli stuffed with crab meat & mascarpone, topped with asparagus & mushroom sauce; tagliatelle with white truffle paste & mushroom ragu; & potato gnocchi with dried ricotta & veal & lamb ragu reminded us how Italian cooking can really hit the spot, thanks to fresh, flavoursome components.

 Seafood & meat make up our main courses: Classic fritto misto with battered calamari rings, mini prawns & baby crabs over a creamy bed of tartar sauce; pan-seared sole with lemon caper sauce; & roasted Black Angus rib-eye steak, with sides of cauliflower au gratin, portobello mushrooms & rosemary potatoes. We like how each elaborate platter here is expertly executed, taking patrons through a complete culinary experience with a communal spirit; it feels like food for a festive occasion, when everyone comes together to eat & be merry (without the task of slaving over the stove & washing the plates).

A chefs selection of desserts that once again spotlights the breadth of Italian gastronomy brings a close to the afternoon; this monthly Sunday brunch is available for a minimum of two persons per table, costing RM130++ per person (not inclusive of recommended sparkling cocktails like the Aperol Spritz or Perfect Gin & Tonic). Our gratitude to Zenzero for having us here.

Ground Floor, St Mary Place, Jalan Tengah, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03-2022-3883

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