Friday 26 December | 2014
These stubborn grey skies have become a familiar sight in central Germany lately. The sun hangs low, the days are short, and comfort is sought from heavy blankets, hot baths, and the company of our loved ones. With a month of winter behind us, now seems to be the perfect time to inject some colour back into our world!
A good source of colour is the dazzling lobby of the luxury hotel Kameha Grand Bonn, sure to raise the eyebrows of even the most experienced travellers and design aficionados. Curated by the Dutch design guru Marcel Wanders, here giant bells and golden flowerpots meet fluorescent red carpets and onyx ceilings. It is bold, brave, and pure therapy on an otherwise melancholy winter’s day.
The five-star design hotel offers a host of worthwhile events throughout the year, from cooking classes and indulgent spa packages, to degustation menus and kitchen parties. During the holiday season a series of festive brunches are held, and courtesy of a very thoughtful Santa Claus, this year we were spoilt with Boxing Day reservations.
Flutes of Laurent Perrier champagne meet us on arrival, giving us time to chat with the other guests and wander the overwhelming number of breakfast and brunch choices laid out before us. The presentation is stunning, the produce fresh, and importantly the flavours make sense and work harmoniously together.
Not knowing where to start, here is my attempt at an appetizer: salmon gravlax, a square of quiche and mini croissant. Fresh juices complement well: try the Kameha Red blend with summery raspberry, banana and pineapple.
Fuchsia, lime green and black are a welcome sight for sore Christmas eyes. Each table is decorated with an individual lamp, Christmas tree, and slate decked with condiments and shiny baubles. Looking out onto the Rhein river, this is a really wonderful place to spend the afternoon.
Breakfast begins with scrambled eggs and waffles, because Christmas is a license to throw out all the usual rules. This morning we found out that Rote Grütze loves waffles and cream, but when powder sugar gets involved, well – it can lead to seconds.
The brunch at the Kameha Grand Bonn is no place for the indecisive. Just getting past the breads and pastries will require a number of key decisions to be made – sesame or cheese? Brown bread or white? Fruit pastry or fruit and nut roll?
The lineup of nine bain maries, in addition to three live cooking stations, present further decision-making challenges. The stag goulash is absolutely delicious and deserves a special mention, as does the creamy potato strudel with semolina and sprigs of dill.
Meanwhile, entertainment for the kids is all taken care of, with the cookie baking station complete with icing, lollies and sprinkles. Hovering nearby are a few adults who look quite keen to get involved too, before distracting themselves with the oyster shucker and fresh fruit bar behind.
Feeling more traditional? The roasted goose is mild and succulent and absolutely outstanding. Sides of flavourful Rotkohl, potato dumplings, pretty marzipan apples and glazed chestnuts are also worth the precious real estate that is your plate.
Of course the highlight of this brunch is dessert, showcased in perfectly innocent bite-sized portions. A very rich chocolate mousse slice is an magical end, as is the mandarin cheesecake on a lebkuchen base.
Festive brunches at the Kameha Grand Bonn are ideal for families and couples alike, making for a great gift idea or special occasion. The next festive brunch at Kameha Grand will be on New Year’s Day from 12:00, and will feature a healthy menu theme for €69.00 per person, with children half price or free under six. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Definitely! Life is grand – let’s celebrate once in a while.
Christmas came twice this year.
Still not tempted? View the stellar brunch menu here: