In love with all things brunch, I hungrily accepted.
Once gathered at Goombay House, a quaint cottage on historic Queen Street, on a property filled with vibrantly hued bougainvillea in the heart of Nassau, we were given a brief introduction, offered a welcome mimosa setting the mood for the day ahead and boarded an air conditioned bus for our journey to what I was hoping was culinary bliss.
The tour set out to sample dishes from two restaurants and ended with a cooking class.
After about a 20-minute-long drive filled with trivia, fun facts and laughter courtesy of our lively hostess and courteous driver, we arrived at Studio Cafe. Perched atop a slight hill in the western part of the island with views of the ocean, this location was once home to Compass Point Studios where well-known artists including Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, James Brown and others recorded.
Seated on the second-floor balcony, a double portion of eggs Benedict atop a mound of smoked salmon layered on an English muffin was served. The eggs, perfectly poached, when broken provided an adequate amount of yoke to bathe over and pair nicely with saltiness of the salmon. However, I found the muffin to be a tad stiff when cutting through. A traditional orange mimosa accompanied the meal.
Now primed, we continued onto Meze Grill, the second stop on this so far delightful tour. Here, another brunch favourite would be served but with a twist – chocolate French toast with a pastrami hash. The light fluffy warm toast was drizzled in a chocolatey sauce and served with a rum syrup. This was the highlight of my day so far. I wished there was more pastrami in the hash but it was delicious none the less.
The beverage option was either a white or red berry #sangria. I chose the white and it as absolutely refreshing. They did not scrimp on the fruit; I considered it a fruit salad in a glass.
With the gauge on my tummy tank approaching half full, I, in my mind, questioned the need for preparing and eating yet another meal. But who am I to question fate?!
Back at Goombay House and draped in aprons, we were given various roles in order to make our group prepped shrimp and grits come to life. This hand-on, interactive cooking session was guided by Chef Freddie who ensured the encounter remained lighthearted while he imparted tips to his newly-minted sous chefs tasked with crushing garlic, chiffonading spinach, sautéing shrimp and whisking grits.
Once plated and garnished, this shrimp and grits was definitely one to write home about. With glasses filled and raised, we champagne toasted to a day of great food and fun.
I found the Brunchin’ Sundays tour to be well worth it and adequately priced at $99 for adults considering you get three meals and four alcoholic drinks. There are options at each location for non-meat eaters in addition to non-alcoholic drinks. Children are also welcomed for $89 with a kid friendly menu.
- Good execution of brunch themed menu
- Fair portion sizes
- Awesome sangria
- Wi-Fi on tour van
- Great value
- Hard English muffin
- Insufficient pastrami in the hash