Brunch has got to be one of my favourite meals. Since it’s technically two meals combined into one, it gives you the right to eat twice as much as you normally would, without feeling too guilty about it…at least that’s what I tell myself! La Paloma, which already managed to impress me at dinnertime (read previous review here), offers a seriously good weekend brunch menu, which starts at only $298 per person. There is an upcoming Gormei brunch event on 1st August that’s open to a limited number of people – for free! Keep reading to find out how you can get your hands on a pair of tickets.
As much as I love a good buffet brunch, I often tend to over-eat at these, so I do appreciate a set brunch menu served to the table, as it is at La Paloma. The meal begins with a selection of tapas, some of which aren’t even on the regular dinner menu, followed by a huge seafood paella and ending with traditional Spanish churros. Complement all this with some refreshing sangria and what more could you ask for?
The first of the tapas to arrive were an ensaladilla rusa, a scallop carpaccio and an ensalada de la casa. Each of these was simple yet satisfying and perfectly light and refreshing, which is ideal in this summer heat. The house salad consisted of simply mixed greens with roasted vegetables, whilst the ensaladilla rusa, a very typical Spanish dish, consisted of diced potato, carrots, peppers and egg mixed with confit tuna in a creamy dressing. Our favourite was the scallop carpaccio with its refreshing orange vinaigrette.
La Paloma’s seared salmon gazpacho was possibly one of the better gazpachos I have tried. It had a nice kick to it, without being too acidic, and the addition of the seared salmon hiding at the bottom was a really pleasant surprise.
The coca de recapte – a traditional flatbread generously topped with cheese, sausage and sundried tomatoes – hit the spot nicely, although it could have done with just a touch more seasoning.
Gambas al ajillo is without a doubt one of my favourite tapas dishes, and La Paloma’s was excellent, the prawns cooked to tender perfection and drenched in garlicky goodness. Make sure you hang onto that plate once you’ve eaten the prawns, as it makes a great dip for whatever follows.
Last but not least of the tapas, we were served some croquetas de jamón and mini-hamburguesas. The croquetas were wonderfully creamy and cheesy…and then garlicky once dipped in the leftover garlic sauce! My absolute favourite, however, were the mini burgers, made with a pork and beef patty, topped with manchego cheese, pancetta, caramelised onions and a fried quail egg that oozed all over the place.
I was impressed by La Paloma’s paella valenciana on my last visit, and was even more impressed by the seafood paella this time. The rice, again, was perfectly cooked to a nice al dente, with a layer of crispy goodness on the bottom, whilst the wide selection of seafood completed it.
The meal finished with a pot of freshly-cooked churros served with a pot of molten chocolate and vanilla ice cream. As the ice cream touched the chocolate sauce, it caused it to harden, resulting in deliciously rich chunks of chocolate amid the melted goodness. The churros themselves were lovely, buttery and crispy, just as they should be.
Now here’s the fun part: Gormei, a newly launched company that offers unique dining experiences, is organising a FREE BRUNCH at La Paloma on Saturday 1st August. That’s right, that means you could get all the deliciousness I have just described above, plus a jug of sangría for FREE! I have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to readers of The Dim Sum Diaries – all you have to do is follow this link, fill in the giveaway form and you could win a free brunch! So sign up, ask your friends/colleagues/significant others to sign up too and then cross your fingers. Entries close on 20th July and winners will be announced on 23rd July. Good luck!
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189 Queen’s Road West
Sai Ying Pun
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