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Hotel Grand Bretagne serves the most luxurious brunch in Athens

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Brunching is one of my favourite things to do on a weekend. So I was very excited to try the new brunch at Hotel Grande Bretagne, the most luxurious hotel in Athens. Because where else can you have caviar and champagne for brunch?

Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens
Enjoying the luxurious new brunch menu at Winter Garden by Hotel Grande Bretagne

We arrived at Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens at a very busy time of year for the hotel, right before Christmas. In fact, the lobby was full of people for an event. Nevertheless, the service at the Winter Garden was as impeccable as ever.

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The hotel’s Winter Garden atrium was already one of my favourite places for coffee or tea. They serve a delightful Afternoon Tea there, the best in Athens. Consequently, I was very happy for the opportunity to enjoy brunch there as well. By the way, Executive Chef Asterios Koustoudis and his talented team have created this amazing brunch menu.

The ever polite stuff of the Hotel Grande Bretagne welcomed us with a smile and showed us to our table.

As for the brunch itself, it has a variety of dishes, both savoury and sweet. There are typically three options for the main dish and the appetizer, as well as for the drinks.

Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens
The freshly made butter comes embossed with the Hotel Grande Bretagne crest

On the table

UPDATE 2019: Most of the menu has remained the same, but there are a couple of changes. You can see the updated menu here: Weekends at Winter Garden, Fall – Winter 2019

The brunch started with the arrival of a “basket”, full of warm croissants, praline-filled puff pastry swirls, different kinds of cakes, breads and more. Pure wow!

Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens

Then little pots of handmade jams and marmalade arrived, as well as fresh local butter (chic detail: the butter has the Hotel Grande Bretagne crest embossed on its surface!), chestnut tree honey, vanilla scented fresh cream and Greek yogurt with fruit.

Our chosen beverages also arrived at about the same time. I loved the “Indigenous” smoothie, with tahini, orange juice and a touch of cinnamon. Unexpected but very tasty! In addition, I had a cappuccino coffee, but you can have any kind of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

The appetizers

Weekend brunch at Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
Avocado and king crab salad

After a little while, the appetizers arrived. I had ordered a salad with avocado, king crab, emmer wheat and celery. My friend ordered a salad with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, olives, truffle and gruyere cheese flakes. I don’t know about the salad, but the king crab was delicious!

Main dish

The main dishes followed once we had finished with our starters. My friend ordered the organic Eggs Benedict with lobster and citrus hollandaise sauce. As for myself, I opted for soft-boiled organic eggs with Balik salmon and caviar instead. It was simply amazing!

Desserts

Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens

Of course, such a scrumptious brunch wouldn’t be complete without dessert. There were raspberry tarts and dainty lemon pies, little choux filled with flavoured cream, chocolate treats and even a dessert with gold flakes on top. The sweets are of the French school, i.e. not overly sweet but fresh and elegant.

Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens

Overall, I really enjoyed the brunch at the Winter Garden. However, there was a minor mishap. Probably because the hotel was so busy, we didn’t get the glass of champagne normally included in the price. But as we were having such a great time, we didn’t miss it until long after we left. Everything else was great. The food, the presentation, everything. An experience, for sure.

Info:

Weekends at Winter Garden City Lounge | Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
Saturdays & Sundays | 11.00-14.00
Price per person: 42€ 48€ (updated price, 2019)
Telephone: +30 21 0333 0000
Web: GrandeBretagne.gr

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Grand Bretagne Winter Garden Brunch Athens
Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens brunch
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Eleanna is the founder of Miss Travelist. Part Greek and part East European, she speaks five languages and loves discovering new cultures and cuisines. When she is not travelling, you can find her watching Netflix, playing video games and having coffee with her friends.

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