Monday, 24 February 2014

Brunch at the Malmaison

After reading this you will probably start thinking that every Sunday Simon and I stroll off down to the Quayside to have a lovely time lounging about in smart hotels .. I promise this isn't true, it's just a bit of a coincidence that following our afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin last Sunday we booked ourselves in for brunch at the Malmaison today.

If you've been reading my blog for a while you may remember that many months ago I went to a bloggers event at the Mal hosted by the lovely Hannah at Raspberry Kitsch where I won "Brunch for Two" in the raffle.  Simon and I decided immediately that we'd save my prize to enjoy in the Winter on a weekend where we felt we needed a bit of cheering up.   After a particularly rubbish week we decided that this weekend was the weekend we'd been waiting for.

The Brunch is pretty famous in Newcastle, it boasts the title of "Biggest Sunday Lunch in Town" and is on at the Brasserie in the Hotel every Sunday from12:00 pm.  Having had many reports from others I knew to prepare myself for a feast so accordingly put on a nice lose swing dress to give myself plenty of room to grow a food baby.

As we really love our food, and knowing that we'd struggle with the "no breakfast" rule we'd imposed on ourselves in the morning, we made sure we booked in at 12:00 pm.  So when we turned up we had very loud grumbling tummies.  Unfortunately the Brasserie wasn't too organised for opening time so we were shown to the bar to wait for them to finish setting up.  It was a little unfortunate as we were so hungry but it was hard to feel too annoyed when we were sat in the beautiful surroundings of the Mal Bar.

15 minutes later we were shown to our table and the waitress was really accommodating when I asked if we could sit at a table I'd spotted in the corner.  It's a pretty small restaurant and in some areas the tables are quite close together so I wanted to make sure we had a nice little comfortable area to tuck ourselves into.   It was really great that the waitresses were very aware of the amount of space they had to work with and they made a great effort to seat everyone comfortably with the most amount of space possible in between the different parties.  I certainly appreciated not having to share my brunch with complete strangers (living in London for so long I know how this can very easily happen if tables are too tightly packed together).






The epic feast begins, as so many other meals do, with starters.  Having a bit of a sweet tooth, starters are not something I usually get that excited about, but these were starters with a difference - an all you can eat buffet at the Chef's Table.  My eyes popped out of my head when I saw it, it was a greedy person's paradise and I didn't know where to start or how I was going to stop myself from just hoovering up everything in sight.  I settled on some freshly cut bread (with loads of butter!) with salmon and prawns and then ordered some waffles from our lovely attentive chef who immediately started to work on the batter and told us he'd bring them over to our table.   The salmon was easily the best I have ever tasted and I'm so glad I managed to get myself a nice little heap of it.  Just as I'd finished polishing it off the Chef arrived with our waffles which he'd generously covered in maple syrup, it was so yummy that Simon actually spent the rest of the afternoon muttering "waffles waffles waffles" to himself ... I think he may have a new obsession!  Despite feeling a little full I did then return for one more slice of bread, but only because I really felt the need to cut myself a nice chunk of cheese and try some chorizo.  Unfortunately even we couldn't manage to taste everything that was displayed on the Chef's Table, there was also the offer of omelettes, pancakes, pasta and soup but we didn't want to overindulge before our main course.






I've been out for "brunch" with friends many times where we've ended up debating whether to order lunch or breakfast.   Luckily the Mal caters for both with the perfect menu to suit every taste.  For those preferring lunch there was a great menu offering the Mal Burger, Moules Frites, Fish Cakes or even a Sunday Roast.  Wanting an authentic brunch experience Simon and I decided to order from the breakfast section of the menu.  Swapping roles for the afternoon Simon chose the Eggs Benedict and I had meat, meat and more meat with the Mal Full Breakfast complete with sausage, sweet cured bacon and rump steak which I had cooked rare.  It was so lovely, the perfect amount of food. 






Dessert is usually my favourite part of any meal, but this time I'm afraid it was outshone by the Chef's Table .. I think it'll be a while before anything impresses me as much!   Simon went for the Hot Fudge Sundae which he enjoyed but was a little disappointed that his fudge wasn't hot.   I opted for the Mal Hot Chocolate as it had appealed to my curiosity when I quizzed the waitress about it.  It was the Mal's dessert version of a hot chocolate - white chocolate and vanilla ice-cream served in rich liquid chocolate and topped with marshmallows.  It was very good!



We had a fantastic time and it was just what we needed after a particularly hard week.  Thank you so much to Hannah and Beth at the Mal for organising such wonderful raffle prizes - we loved it! 

Brunch at the Mal costs £19.95 per person and I'd urge you to go and give it a try.  More information is on their website here.

If anyone is looking for me I'll be over here in the corner having my post brunch nap.


22 comments:

  1. I hope it made up for your disappointment at Hotel du Vin. It looks incredible, especially the eggs benedict. I'm sure it was worth waiting for :)
    Angie
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    1. It most certainly did :) The perfect end to a rubbish week! I believe there's now a Mal in London so maybe you should go and check that one out? x

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  2. Oh my, if only I could get away with having one of those dessert versions of the hot chocolate everyday!

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    1. Now a little time has passed I reckon I could actually manage another one right now ;)

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  3. Oh my god, that looks like my kinda heaven! xxx

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    1. I would have been more than happy just with the Chef's Table so to have all the extra on top of that was amazing :D

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    1. It really was! Just looking at it again makes me sad it's over!

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  5. That looks every bit as good as I thought it would! Hungry now!! xx

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    1. The chef's table was awesome, I wanted to take my chair over to it and just sit there for the whole meal :D

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  6. Hello! I was originally just bobbing on over to say a massive thank you for your kind comment. I am so so ready for Spring i cannot tell you! Seeing blue skies is just a massive burst of happiness whatever is going on in your life.

    this post has made me seriously hungry! You lucky ducks that place looks seriously divine! Off for a better nosey about your lovely little blog xxxx

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    1. You're very welcome, your blog Is beautiful! x

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  7. This looks AMAZING! Did you get a doggy bag? ;) That steak looks delicious xx

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    1. No! I just stuffed as much food down as I could .. really I should have taken a doggy bag and filled it up for lunch the next day ;)

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  8. This looks too good to be true! So delicious.

    Tamara's Blend

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    1. Yeah, it possibly was a dream .. maybe I have to go back just to be sure?! ;P

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  9. i read about this on another north east blog, and I am so tempted to go this Sunday! I love your blog header, I have a soft spot for the toon - the quayside in particular, as I used to live opposite the Hilton hotel. I often go back to visit but I feel bad as I never go in to town anymore, i always go to the metro centre because of the free parking! x

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    1. Thank you :) I took it from the top of the Castle the first Summer I visited Newcastle (I'll never forget that was 2012 with those Olympic rings on the bridge!)

      I work on the Quayside so I'm a very lucky lady, beautiful views every day - it's a good job I don't sit near a window cos I'd get no work done!

      Definitely do the brunch, you wont regret it ... it's worth driving to town just for that xx

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  10. Oh my gosh, the Hot Chocolate looks AMAZING! Glad to hear you had a good time :) X

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    1. It was gorgeous, although very rich!

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  11. This is the same as the Birmingham Mal Sunday Big Brunch only the Chefs Table is larger at Birmingham, I can't think of a better foodie way to spend an early Sunday afternoon!

    http://www.glamourinthecounty.com/2014/02/sunday-brunch-at-malmaison.html

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    1. Well that's not fair is it?! ;p I might have to go to Birmingham and see this for myself (any excuse!) x

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