A refined Italian brunch - Cafe Milano, The Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Brunch starts off with a Bellini, while I marvel at the gorgeous table setting. Make no mistake, it is stylish with fine touches, matched by only by one other brunch in the city in this regard. Fine and elegant. Why not? There is an oversupply of big brunches where functionality reigns over beauty. My thoughts are immediately whisked to my postgraduate years as a literature student and Oscar Wilde pops into my head:
Beauty is a form of Genius--is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in the dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. It has divine right of sovereignty. It makes princes of those who have it.”
To end off brunch, the dessert trolley is brought around. It is, however, a course that shows me again the beauty of people. Chef Lazzaro, visiting from Sienna, has been providing support and guidance to some staff in the kitchen, and we are all lucky that he is serving us today. Through an interpreter, I come to learn so much in the five minutes that he is with us. Real. Simple. All heart. What an experience.