The Genesis Brunch
When I saw my invitation to the Genesis Brunch hosted by Villa Grace, I felt like Charlie in “Charlie and the Chocolate factory” when he got the golden ticket. All sorts of excitement. Villa grace has been whetting our appetite on Instagram for way too long and it's about time I sank my teeth into all that goodness.
The first thing that caught my eye when I got to the location was the setup. It was absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations to Sterling Events and her team for that beautiful table. The table was laid with mounds on mounds of orchids as the centerpiece and from a distance they looked so real. Everything about the setup was so clean and pristine. Sterling Events and Villa Grace definitely have an eye for detail. The backdrop garden with real life orchids complimented the set up perfectly.
Don't you hate it when they say unlimited drinks and they hit you with that “Oh madam, the drinks are finished” Miss me with that. That, however was not the case at the Genesis brunch, unlimited Belaire champagne really meant unlimited Belaire champagne. Champagne and champagne cocktails were flowing the entire time. My personal favorite was the passion fruit mimosa which wasn't on the menu. I recommend it should be called The Dede since I loved it the most so definitely watch out for it on their menu. The passion fruit mimosa was the perfect combination of sweet and dry. Officialbelaireghana have a mobile bar as well. I was there during the intervals between meals making friends with the bartenders. Bartenders definitely make up part of top 10 people you need to make friends with in your lifetime. Don't be judging me.
Now the meals, the meals we've all dreamt about after seeing those gastronomic pictures on Instagram.
First course : Crême of Mango Soup
Description : Cold soup, one of my personal favorite using seasoned local mangoes
When I saw soup on the menu, I said hol’op hol’op. I assumed it was going to be hot, because I didn't read the description, boy was I in for a surprise. The Crême of mango soup was a cold, creamy soup. I could liken it to an Indian mango lassi and it was so cool, refreshing and delicious. It was definitely a crowd pleaser and one guest said “if he was at home, he would have licked the bowl clean but alas we are in public”. That's how good it was.
Second Course : Beef Taco with Pineapple Salsa
Description : Inspired by my love for Mexican food, Soft Tortilla with Seasoned beef, cucumber and a special pineapple and cilantro salsa
After the soup goodness, my taste buds were ready for whatever was going to get thrown at them. The beef taco and pineapple salsa will be taco haven for a Mexican, spice, pineapple lover. The tortilla was soft just how I liked and Fred didn't get stingy with the beef and pineapple, we were given a very generous amount. It was quite messy to eat but we were there to eat not to find love so messy was okay. However, I feel like pineapple is an overwhelming flavor and at times it overshadows all other flavors, which it did in this case. The beef was spiced just right and the pepper lovers were in heaven, I, on the other hand was requesting water on rocks and apple juice to alleviate my burning tongue. I already told you about how I missed the pepper gene pool for luscious hair.
Third Course : Breakfast Quiche
Description : Adapted from my Grandmothers cookbook with my own modern twist, eggs, bacon, onions, peppers on a bed of arugula
Now this was another personal favorite of mine. The quiche came out warm and that was a plus for me. Who eats cold eggs? It was the perfect blend of curry, mild peppers, bacon and the arugula was the perfect sealer to these flavors. I loved the kick the curry gave the quiche and I could eat the quiche every single day especially considering my curry obsession. Accra Craves takes India.
Fourth Course : Bacon Brother Slider
Description : From my new business venture, my favorite street burger with a gourmet twist : bacon infused patty with my special sauce and skinny fries
At this point, I was stuffed. You know your girl has a small stomach. But I couldn't carry last so I paused with that unlimited Belaire and started walking around briskly, my walk was successful because we found space in the stomach. My burger was medium-well, just how burgers should be done and the special sauce which I believe is a mango chutney was the perfect combination. It wasn't too overwhelming and it definitely didn't outshadow the flavors. Mango was the real MVP of this brunch. And don't get me started on those skinny fries, I cleared the ones on my plate and started picking off my neighbors plate who was so kind to share. Honestly, she didn't really have a choice. Carbs Queen reporting live, I could have eaten those mini bad boys all day.
Fifth course : Loaded Fries
Description : Homestyle season potatoes with bacon,c cheese, peppers and onions
At this point, I had an 8 month food baby. It felt like Christmas Day. The fries were a generous generous portion. I loved the sweet burst of flavor the sautéed onions provided alongside the the zest from the cheese. The bacon and peppers added a subtle tang. This course was a burst of flavors and my taste buds were in paradise. It’s definitely a must have.I couldn't finish my plate because I thought I was going to burst but later on the day, that time when you are hungry and your brain reminds you of all the times you wasted your food. I wished I had put my pride away and asked for take away so I could savor the moment all the way to dinner.
Sixth Course : Double Chocolate Pancake
Description : A medley of chocolates in a buttermilk pancake with fresh strawberries
There really is a special part in your stomach reserved for dessert. I found that out at the brunch. The 8 month food baby completed disappeared when the pancake was placed in front of me. The overall plate was splendid although I felt the pancake on its own was forgettable . The pancake strawberry combination, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate hazelnut tasted like everything you could possibly imagine it to be. The strawberry gave it tartiness, the whipped cream brought in a sweet element and then the chocolate hazelnut finish sent you straight to Mr Wonka’s factory. Fred’s eye for detail is unmatched, the precision in every plate is masterful and the images speak volumes about the magic of Villa Grace hands.
Being the current president of the funemployed club, which is changing in 2016, *Won't He do it* I felt like 250 Ghana cedis was a bit steep but the experience I had was worth every last penny. Villa Grace is not a restaurant, at least not yet. Fred is providing us with amazing eating experiences that I feel everyone has to at some point, when the budget is right, partake in. Follow them on instagram @villagracegh for a chance to receive a golden ticket in your inbox. I hope I get invited the next time round, typing it into existence. Villa Grace definitely gets a stamp of approval from Accra Craves.
Pictures from the Event