With our budget out of the window for the festive season, we were all set upon treating ourselves to a free-flow champagne brunch at the Sofitel, Phnom Penh.
The entertainment was to consist of a jazz trio and a clown whose sole party trick seemed to consist of twsiting ballons into sausage dog shapes.
With a 12 o’clock kick-off scheduled, we arrived at 11.40 to discover service was already underway.
That misjudgement equated to a missed glass of champagne. Schoolboy error.
The food was exceptionally good and in brief synopsis, my Christmas lunch (in exact course order) consisted of…
The seafood dishes:
1. 3x pieces sushi, 1x piece sashimi
2. 2x langoustines, 3x king prawns, 1x slice fish pate.
3. 2x self-served slices of baked salmon
A light salad “appetiser” to make a natural break between fishy stuff and meaty stuff.
Brunch pro’s will understand the necessity of these pauses for consumption considerations.
4. Roasted summer vegetables with beetroot and couscous
5. 2x carved pieces of roast lamb, fine beans wrapped in bacon, roast beetroot, gravy and fresh cranberry jus
6. 2x carved pieces of turkey, roasted apple, green beans, carrot, broccoli, gravy
7. 3x huge chunks of roast beef, steamed vegetables
Another natural break required.
I slugged more champagne and gear up for my next incursion.
I couldn’t do more meat. I wasn’t ready for dessert.
The Law of Brunch clearly states that you can’t go back to the seafood courses once you’ve hit the meat. It is written.
The only thing for it then, steaming parcels of chinese delights…
8. 3x pieces of Dim Sum
9. 1x scoop of mango sorbet
10. 3x scoops of rum & raisin ice-cream
11. 3x small choclates
12. A virtual trunks worth of chocolate log
This incredibly gluttonous mountain of food was washed down by at least a couple of bottles of Tattinger Champagne and a sole glass of San Pelligrini sparkling water
Total cost USD $60 + Tax & Service.
I think we can say I got value out of Santa this Christmas.
Judging from the following photo, so too did “The Boy”.