An expansive set up of buffet stations lined up from the entrance welcomed us to the Flame Tree restaurant at Sarova Panafric Hotel. My companion and I arrived at 1 pm to a busy set up with patrons strewn all across the restaurant, from large groups of families and friends to tables with couples. It was abuzz with the servers up and about attending to all their guests-making sure their first Sunday brunch becomes a success. The live jazz band played familiar tunes, adding to the relaxing ambiance.
After settling down, the decision-making marathon that we had not prepared for began. The extensive variety of brunch spreads was tremendous. The cold cuts section included; smoked salmon, smoked tuna, garlic salami, smoked turkey ham, pancetta, beef pastrami, pickled olives and more. For the raw bar, a selection of oysters, freshly shucked lobster tails, marinated prawns, steamed mussels and clams, poached, cured and smoked salmon, as well as sauces sat beautifully waiting to be devoured. There was also a sushi station and cheese boards.
The hot dish section which is where we chose to sample from included a live barbeque station with jerk chicken skewers, prawns, rotisserie quail, the carving station had oven roasted chicken, tea roasted pork loin and vegetables. Indian, Pan Asian and Arabic dishes were also available. The meat lovers station included ribs and steaks.
A few trips to the plush gardens had us tasting as many hot food items we could fit. Trust me you need a big appetite when going for the Flame Tree Sunday brunch. I suggest you skip breakfast at home and head straight over and treat your taste buds to a sensational experience. Our favourite meals were the jerk chicken skewers, which when dipped in the barbeque sauce transformed into a phenomenal dish. The tea smoked pork loin came in second, it’s strong smokey fragrant marrying perfectly with the pink peppercorn sauce.
Quail was an interesting find at the brunch spread, as well as the chicken and vegetable momos at the Pan Asian station.
As much as we would have loved to have a taste of everything, we go stuffed sooner than anticipate and had to leave room for dessert. The temperature controlled room housed all the small temptations on the dessert buffet, from cakes to fruit cuts, from mousses to ice cream, more tough decisions had to be made.
Needless to say, this generous buffet hit all the taste notes perfectly, crowning our weekend and getting us off to a great start of the week.
The Flame Tree Sunday Brunch starts at 12:30 pm to 4 pm for Ksh. 3500 per person and children below 6 years eat for free. For an extra Ksh. 1000, you get free-flowing drinks, which include beers, cocktails and wine.