'What is brunch'? ... Global Fusion Bandra

V saw my Facebook comment on Sunday and asked me whether Global Fusion was a good place for a Sunday 'brunch'.

I asked her about her definition of a 'brunch'. After all G F wasn't an omelet, waffles AND main course place.

V replied, 'Brunch - a lazy place to chill on Sundays'.

Well Kainaz and I were there with a few friends on Sunday afternoon. A couple who was about to get married in Calcutta. The bride to be had just flown in from Chicago. And another couple who was going to Calcutta for the wedding.

We reached at 1.40 PM. Left at 4.30 PM.

We chatted lazily. The six of us stretched out. Didn't feel cramped. Most of us ate heartily - sushi, sashimi, wasabi, tempura, teppenyaki, sui mui, dumplings, steamed fish, ice creams and cake. There was no sense of urgency. We were relaxed. Well fed. Happy. Smiling. Laughing loudly. Reminiscing. And future gazing with the soon to be married couple. In those three hours we discussed the foibles of honeymoons, wedding menus, bus rides in Goa, the biting cold of Chicago, the super sized food servings of the US, Mithun Chakraborty, Amitabh Bachchan and Rjesh Khanna, Bandra Gym eating plans, my fracture, memories of our earlier visits to Global Fusion, the new Mainland China in Bandra and the absence of Oh Calcutta here and so on. 'Lazy' enough?

The only non lazy part was the number of trips that one had to make to the food counters. The food was such. It kept calling you. Thanks to my injured toe I did have the advantage of K playing the dutiful wife and getting replenishment for me. Though there was no stopping me during dessert time.

The service was quite helpful and the folks would get our teppenyaki and dumpling orders to the table. We skipped the main courses.

The three dishes which were stand out according to me were:
  • Teppenyaki prawns - grilled just right, juicy as your neighbourhood aunty's gossip, delectably flavoured with chopped bird chillies
  • Chicken dumplings/ momos - steamed and yet surprisingly tasty
  • Prawn Tempura - abundant, fresh, replenished continuously, crisp batter, shy, nubile and beautiful prawns inside

Sunday afternoon rates are about Rs 830 (17 USD) per head with taxes. It opens at 1200 hours.

And you, it was a lazy place to chill on a Sunday.

God speed and congrats in advance for the wedding Mithu & Maiti. Your happiness and joy is infectious. Rahul & Irin, please eat on behalf of us at the three weddings in Calcutta:)

Post script.... I completely disagree with Mumbai Mirror's take on Global Fusion in the article on 'fusion' restaurants on Sunday. The writer dismisses G F as a place with (I am paraphrasing here) interesting starters which then degenerate into Gujarati wedding fare like veg fried rice, Hakka Noodles and packaged ice cream.
Well to start with, I agree, and had written earlier, that it's not 'Global' but 'Far Eastern' Fusion. Having said that, the starters have a good variety of Japanese, Chinese a bit of Thai (Tom Yum soup) and Tibetan (momo). The main course had a mix of regular Chinese (salt and pepper crabs), Indian Chinese and 'veg' Thai curry too. The good thing is that Global Fusion has stuff for more adventurous eaters and for those who like to stick to the regular. So everyone iss happy.

The desserts weren't Oriental. But anyone who has had the sticky coconut desserts of Thailand or darsan or date cakes would be fine with this. And who doesn't like Baskin Robins after all?

True, Global Fusion doesn't have representatives of every Mongoloid strain. But then we are not camels either.