One could go to Hell for being so greedy at The Del, but we don't care. This brunch is beyond.
We're not gonna lie, the first one on the list is damned pricey. In the "mama, daddy, baby, can you take me to brunch, 'cause you love me?" kind of pricey. The Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego is legendary, so when they put on a brunch spread they go all out. And so here's what you can expect: egg soufflé with rosemary Hollandaise sauce, chicken habenero and turkey-maple sausages, pancakes and waffles with Chantilly cream and all the fixins. Oh, we're NOT done. Then you've got the surf menu featuring chilled Alaskan King crab, lobster tortellini, and the turf selection of salt-crusted prime rib and other succulent meats. We didn't even get through half of the offerings, folks. So, yes, this is why it costs $78.50 per person for this spread. All we can say is, eat light the night before, arrive early, and take.your.time.
When we first saw the ad for Yotel Times Square (top) a year ago, we cracked up laughing. Put a greedy baby in a photo and we're sold. The brunch at Dohyo restaurant is big seller thanks to their two-hours worth of unlimited cocktails (we're talking lychee bellinis, sake sangria, mango mimosas, etc) and small places of veggie and egg Benedict, bacon-fried rice, and Yukon Gold tostones for just $40 per person. Trust, in a city where that price can't get you much of anything, we're hella impressed. And there's a DJ to boot? Sold!
We will take the challenge of unlimited cocktails and small plates at Yotel's brunch. Yes, indeedy.
One of our favorite brunch memories of the last few years is Sunday brunch at La Belle Terrasse at The Westcliff, Johannesburg. Great food, including delicious sushi, outdoor seating on the veranda, and views over the pool towards the elephants and giraffe in the Johannesburg Zoo down below. The hotel itself is a super charming collection of pink-washed buildings, cobblestone streets, and beautiful gardens.
Don't let the elegance fool you. You can get your grub on (and maybe spot a giraffe) at the WestCliff Hotel in Jo'burg
When in San Francisco, one mustn't miss the "Sunday's a Drag Brunch" held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel's Harry Denton’s Starlight Room on the 21st floor. Yes, it's completely OTT, but what would you expect in this fun city? When you're not busy ogling the show, you'll tuck into crispy bacon, biscuits, and just about all the eggs you can wolf-down.
Honorable mention goes to the jazz brunch at Miami's The Setai. Again, pricey, just like The Del, but well worth it ($85 per person) for tables-upon-tables worth of delectable Asian, Indian, and domestic favorites (made-to-order omelettes), all served with bottomless glasses of Taittinger champagne. But, don't even think about showing up without a reservation, especially during the winter high season.
[Photos: Yotel/Hotel Del Coronado/HotelChatter/The WestCliff]