Sunday Brunch has become the new meetup; a time to relax and enjoy an indulgent weekend with friends before launching into another working week.
Where better to meet than at Bazaar in the QT, the retro-themed hotel famous for its award-winning interactive breakfast and dinners, now offering ‘The Bazaar Brunch’ every Sunday from 11am – 3pm.
“The American brunch concept has arrived on the Gold Coast. It’s been seen before in Sydney and Melbourne, but this is the first time it’s been done here,” QT’s Food & Beverage Manager Jared Thibault tells us. “The QT had previously created Sunday Funday with its very popular breakfast. With Möet as our partners, now we have extended that concept to brunch. Sundays will never be the same again!”
Greeted with a complimentary glass of Chandon Rosé on arrival there’s a feast of fabulous brunch dishes laid out before us, a marketplace of choice with interactive chef-manned and ‘make your own’ stations, the experience added to by roving waiters carrying platters of canapés around to seated guests.
Interactive stations are the highlight of the action, where diners can make their own açai or poke bowls using their favourite ingredients. Chefs make us crêpes to order, while in another section woodfired breakfast pizzas and a decadent Mac and cheese lies in wait for us. Chick ‘n’ waffles takes a festive twist with the addition of bacon, maple syrup and ice cream, while over near the bar a whole lolly ‘degustation’ surrounds the two-coloured chocolate fondues.
Brunch may have a long and distinguished history, but it was never as interactive as this!
Taking America by storm in the ‘Roaring Twenties’, actors such as John Barrymore and Clark Gable stopped to take brunch at the famed Pump Room in Chicago’s Ambassador Hotel, where a Bloody Mary and pancakes for brunch had become ‘de rigeur’ for the well-heeled set.
Pancakes and Bloody Marys are back in vogue, not only in New York and London, but also at the QT, where a DJ spinning tunes sets the mood for a Sunday Funday.
If you’re feeling decadent, you can opt for ‘Bottomless Mimosas’ or treat yourself to Belvedere Espresso Martinis and Bloody Marys as special beverage offers.
”Brunch is …talk-compelling,” wrote Guy Beringer in 1895. “It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”
QT Hotel, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise, Ph: 07 5584 1238 Open: Every Sunday 11am – 3pm
The Bazaar Brunch is $59 per head (including a Chandon Rosé) and bookings are highly recommended. $19 per child. Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of QT.