Hilton Chennai is introducing Pan Asian brunch for Saturdays at Vasco’s. They are coming up with amazing Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Korean, Chinese, Burmese and Vietnamese cuisine to be served to their guests. Chennai has specialty Restaurants catering specific cuisine and not Pan Asian menu on the whole. This Brunch buffet is a much welcome change needed among foodies.
The menu was brilliantly devised to suit Asians as well as other nationalities too. The menu runs on a rotational basis which would sure bring back visitors. The restaurant has a picturesque view, it has woody matte finish decor with Chennai MRT view by the side and brilliantly lit up. Live counters, mango delicacies in a separate section, appetizer counter all these are the key aspects at Vasco’s.
Was invited for a Pan Asian brunch with other foodies last Saturday. The brunch started off with Passion fruit and Berry Bellini, they were perfectly chilled and classy.
For starters was served Cantonese spring roll with sweet chilli dip, Kimchi salad perfectly spiced, sweet and spicy shiitake mushroom and fungus (tossed in soy, sugar and topped with sesame seeds) raw papaya salad and full corn fritters with assortment of chilli sauces and breads.
Then came in my most favorite assortment of dim sums steaming hot in a bamboo steamer. Loved the savory bao and sweet dim sum especially. Also tried mushroom and vegetable satay perfectly saucy yet crunchy they were retained.
Love the assortment of Vegetarian sushi, first time tasting and hearing about vegetarian sushi. It tasted great with spicy wasabi.
In to the main course:
My most favorite dish in the entire lot was the Asparagus wantons (tossed in coconut cream,with Kaffir lime leaves and red chillies) witnessed the live cooking of this dish by Chef Achal. Brilliantly flavored, yet an awesome dish which went well with Plain jasmine rice.
Also tried Teriyaki glazed haricot beans (with crushed peanut and grated coconut) Tofu Oroshi sauce (crispy fried tofu in spicy soy sauce) sticky garlic fried rice and garlic flavored noodles.
Vegetarian options were ample just that tummy cldn’t take all of it few to mention Yasai nabe (mixed vegetable hot pot in soya sauce) Korean Vegetable pancakes were sensational too.
Though the tummy was full cldnt resist myself digging into the dessert platter. Their specialties were Thai mango coconut cream, Honey sesame tart, Tofu cheese cake with orange compote.
A must mention here is about the mango cheese cake i devoured, the best cheese cake ever had. It was creamylicious with the right variety of mango used in it. Also a special mention about the chocolate fudge which stayed exactly fudgy, dense and chocolateyy. Red velvet cheese cake, white chocolate and mango mousse, rainbow colored vermicilli puddingare few must mentions. They also had few Indian specialties like chocolate burfi, chum chum and Carrot halwa.
It was an absolutely amazing gourmet journey at Vasco’s. Dishes were replicated exactly to suit the Indian taste buds as well. Authenticity was maintained in each and every dish. Chef Achal Aggarwal has raised the standards of Pan Asian food in Chennai. It was close to about full 4 hours that the entire foodie gang spent at Vasco’s. It was a soul satisfying meal for an hard core vegetarian like me. A super lavish spread with 60+ dishes. Authentic method of Asian cooking at it’s best in Chennai city had to be devoured at Vasco’s, Hitlon.
Service: Being a Q Bar régularité am always delighted by their service. Vasco’s has stepped up higher in service ahead. Very much accommodative staffs apart from buffet on need basis a la carte was served too.
Starting 11th June, Saturday brunch are priced at INR 1945 plus taxes per person (non-alcoholic), INR 2345 plus taxes per person (alcoholic), INR 950 plus taxes for children of the age 5 to 12 years and children below 5 years go complimentary.
Timings: 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm on all Saturdays
**These are my personal views about the Restaurant. It may vary from person to person.