The word evokes feelings of a chilled out, lazy, long meal, filled with fun, laughter, booze, and copious amounts of food! How else can you define combining two meals into one – BReakfast+lUNCH! And Friends, Food, Fun – These three words define the experience I had at Hoppipola, Aundh a few weeks back, as I tried out there new brunch menu with #TheBTEAM fam.
Drinks for Brunch?
No brunch can be complete without the ‘happiness’ of alchohol. And Hoppipola pulls out all stops with their exhaustive cocktail menu. Some ingenious, yet potent cocktails later, you can’t help swaying to the awesome music playing in the background
The Bull Frog
My personal drink of choice, this Redbull-Vodka concoction definitely pulls no punches. If you are a Redbull fan, this should be your first choice!
The Long Island Iced Tea
The LIIT is the usual choice of beverage for those looking for a delicious, potent option. Spiked with a multitude of ‘white’ drinks, this is one is no slouch in the ‘kick; department!
The White Wine Sangria
The quintessential brunch drink, wine lovers will be happy drinking this by the gallon
The Mezze Platter
A beautiful combo of breads and dips, the Mezze platter provides multiple options to munch on while sipping.
Can’t really go wrong with Nachos – available in both Veg and Non-Veg versions, Nachos are the perfect snack. You can’t really stop at one. I do wish these were a bit more loaded with cheese and toppings, since the ones at the bottom were left dry.
Railway Canteen Chicken Cutlets
These are basically chicken nuggets with a fancy name. Crispy outer layer, minced chicken inside, these are little bundles of deep fried goodness. Still can’t figure out the name though. Is it a reference to the heart shaped cutlets you get on the Indian Railways trains? They may need to reshape the cutlets to evoke those memories 🙂
Cajun Rubbed Grilled Fish
Fish filet with a cajun spice rub, grilled to perfection. Whats not to love? Served with a spicy mayo, these are brilliant.
Paneer Pita Pockets
I didn’t quite get the concept of these. Dry pita bread, dry stuffing, with virtually no sauce to speak of. This one was a miss.
Barbecued Chicken Wings
Chicken wings in barbecue sauce are usually a delight to eat. However, the sauce did feel a bit too sweet for my liking.
Grilled Chicken Pizza
A delightful thin crust pizza, with chicken tikka, bell peppers, & jalapeno, the pizza was something we reordered. Thrice. Loved it.
The veg version wasn’t too bad either
They also have a live pasta station, where they can prepare your choice of pasta, in your choice of sauce. Good stuff overall
If you do have the space left for mains, they have a couple of options, including veg/non-veg biryani and Bhurji Pao. I was a bit surprised at seeing bhurji pao for brunch. I mean, seriously?
You can’t miss out desserts now can you? Sadly, the choice of desserts was very limited
Chocolate Mud Pie
The Chocolate Mud Pie felt more like a brownie than a mud pie. A delicious brownie, nonetheless.
Vanilla Pannacotta with Berry Coulis
This one missed the mark. It didn’t have the trademark jiggle – felt over set and too gelatinous.
Would I go there again?
Desserts apart, the brunch at Hoppipola is great. Priced at 555/- for food only, and 444/- for drinks (unlimited), you can’t really find a better deal. The food is good, the vibe is great, and the drinks are boozy. What more can you ask for?
Definitely worth a revisit!
I was invited for the tasting event. The Usual Disclaimer applies.