ASTANA – The Astana Marriott Hotel launched its new Sunday brunch on Oct. 19 in the hotel’s Aroma Restaurant.
Brunches will be held every third Sunday of each month and feature an international buffet and a separate children’s play and learning area organized by the team of Astana Gymboree. Brunches will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost 8,500 tenge (approx. US$45), with a 50 percent discount offered for children from 6-11 years of age, Marketing Manager Nina Nikitina explained at the inaugural brunch on Oct. 19. Children under 5 years old eat and play for free.
The selection debuted on Sunday, which included oysters, seafood and sushi, a selection of salads and hot dishes, cheese and charcuterie, as well as a spread of house-made breads, pastries and desserts, is intended to provide something for everyone, Executive Chef Benoit Letellier said. “With the brunch menu we are trying to meet everyone’s taste and to reach a wider range of people from both local and international communities. We are trying to have different cuisines for everybody, so everyone can find their way – not providing only European or only local dishes.”
With an Indonesian sous-chef and a Thai pastry chef, Letellier calls Aroma’s kitchen a good mix: “With such an eclectic team, we complement each other in terms of creativity and style added with the national touches of Kazakhstan. So it’s a mix, and it allows us to cater tailor made events and meet different expectations..”
The Astana Marriott Sunday brunch will be repeated and follow seasons and products, though on special occasions and holidays, Aroma will offer a special menu.
For Astana’s parents, Gymboree, the retail and early child development company, has set up a play and learning area in the front lobby, where children from 0-6 years of age are supervised by Gymboree employees during free play and offered interactive music and arts classes. A selection children’s favorite food is also provided in the play area.
The next brunch is scheduled for Nov. 16.