AnnaMaya, the European food hall at Andaz Delhi offers a Sunday brunch that focuses on healthy and local ingredients.
Sundays for me are truly special. They are all about lazy mornings, catching up with friends and family, laughter and chat sessions. But of course, if there is a perfectly laid-out brunch table with mouth-watering dishes to devour with artisanal cocktails and bubbly to go with it, the lazy Sunday afternoon becomes indeed exceptional.
The perfect foodie halt, AnnaMaya at Andaz, at Delhi’s Aerocity redefines the Sunday brunch that it hosts. Called the Artisan Brunch, it’s not just about a lavish spread but also about eating healthy and local, with most ingredients sourced from farms around the country that help local communities.
AnnaMaya, the European food hall is perfect for a brunch setting with its orange, yellow and tinted glass windows giving it an extremely cheerful look. There are huge sculptures of flowers on the walls. A big sculpture of a pomegranate welcomes you at the entrance. Spanning over a large area in the hotel complex, AnnaMaya is maintaining all covid protocols, with temperature checks and social distancing.
The dessert counter is right at the beginning and if you have a super sweet tooth you could start your brunch experience straight there.
Next comes the beautiful live bar set up against the tinted glass windows.
The Artisan Brunch is a lavish spread catering to unique flavours from around the world. Every Sunday, each item is freshly prepared by chefs under the thoughtfully curated menu by Executive Chef Vikram Ganpule. The expansive menu includes fresh salads, canapes, cold cuts, farm-to-table recipes, organic dishes, all-time favourite Sunday specials (read biryani) and sumptuous desserts. While the menu changes every Sunday, it is broadly categorised into Indian, Western and Asian counters. Last Sunday we had gosht (mutton) pudina (mint) seekh kebab, ajwaini fish tikka and tandoori chatpatte aloo from the Tandoor section. Everything is made fresh in front of your eyes and it’s fascinating to see the chefs working.
From the Western mains section we had a beetroot and goat cheese risotto (highly recommended), and the chicken stew. There was also mac and cheese which is always a hit with the kids.
The Indian section had a mutton biryani and mutton rarra, that had my family members salivating. Then there was the usual spread of paneer, a few vegetables and dal with various types of tandoori breads. There was also a soya palak ki tehari which was quite interesting.
The Asian section was rather limited with just a vegetable chowmein, Schezwan fried rice, chilli garlic vegetables and chicken in black bean sauce. We missed not having dimsums on the menu.
There was a live pasta counter, again a big hit with the kids but we missed not having pizzas or flatbreads on the menu.
I think one reason for having the dessert counter right in the beginning is to let the guests know what delicacies are waiting for them post their meal. It ensures they keep enough tummy space for desserts. I had red velvet, carrot and chocolate cake slices. There is a gelato counter and a whole selection of doughnuts. There are a variety of Indian sweets as well.
AnnaMaya focusses on using hyperlocal ingredients and helping communities. There is a variety of artisanal stuff up for sale as well. So you can buy tea, spices, candles, microgreens etc.
The laidback ambience, live music, cheerful décor and of course the great food, make AnnaMaya perfect for a Sunday meal.
WHEN: Every Sunday during ARTISAN SUNDAY BRUNCH (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
WHERE: Andaz Delhi, Asset no.1, Northern Access Road, New Delhi- 110037
PRICE –Rs 2500 plus taxes for AnnaMaya Sunday Brunch with soft beverages; Rs 3,500+ with wine and beer and Rs 5,500+ with champagne.