Bringing Buffet to Your Table: Scusa Sunday Brunch

August 27, 2015 Ellyna Tjohnardi
What do you guys normally do on Sundays? Do you work out? Sleep in until late noon? Clean up the house? Or gather with friends and family over a hearty and abundant feast? Whatever it is that you do, one certainly will find it hard to resist the last one, especially if it's a hearty Italian-style brunch buffet, like this one at Scusa Italian Restaurant...
Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Because Sundays are made for brunch...
Sure, there are so many fantastic Italian brunch around Jakarta's 5 star hotels, so what makes the one at Scusa any different? Well, firstly, Scusa recently launches a unique concept, 'bringing buffet onto your table', which means that you do just need to sit back and relax and wait for your food to arrive to the table. Once you are seated nicely and comfortably, the staff at Scusa will start serving you the complimentary Bloody Mary / Spritz and a serving of fresh oyster with lime. Honestly I've always found the smell of oyster a little too pungent to my liking, so I was never a fan of oyster, and passed my share to my lucky friend lol.

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
fresh oysters cracked open and ready to be served!

And soon enough, the next antipasti followed suit and arrived, expect a variety of foie gras terrine, cold cuts, caprese and burrata, olives and dried vegetables platters. Before I started blogging, I would never enjoy these kinds of 'exotic' dishes (it was exotic to me back then, uncooked meat, liver paste, cheese that is not parmesan, etc). But I'm glad that today I could appreciate this type of cuisine and even enjoy it.

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Foie gras terrine served with port wine-blueberry reduction, black winter truffle and toasted brioche
Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Choice of pork or Halal cold cuts

Do not be surprised if Executive Chef Gianluca approaches your table and inquire about your brunch experience, because he would do exactly that. Despite the closed environment and seemingly formal setting, seeing the chef walking around and greeting the guests makes Scusa feels more comfortable and casual. There will be a live band performing on the stage, this could be a great opportunity to make a surprise for someone special!

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

On top of the antipasto buffet that the staff brings to our table, there are a few stations from where guests could get their endless servings of assorted seafood and meat, homemade pasta, pizza, cheeses and dessert. At the meat & seafood and pasta counter, we could request the chef to create anything from the available ingredients. Fancy yourself some gnocchi with bolognese and pork belly sauce? You'll have it delivered to your table, all you need to do is ask the chef!

Unlike in other hotel's pasta or steak stations, Scusa provides some very interesting selection of sauces, like clams in white wine sauce, Forest mushroom with thyme sauce, but my favourite has got to be the Amatriciana, pork belly and garlic in tomato sauce pecorino Romano!

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

It so happens that that Sunday, they were making this type of Italian bread, shaped like calzone, only smaller, stuffed with feta cheese and blanched spinach, and then fried. This one, and the fried pizza dough are absolutely must try (and quite addictive I must say, so save your tummy for the other dishes!)

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

So I and my friends ordered from the pasta station, some wicked yummy pasta with pork belly sauce and creamy sauce. I loved mine the most, creamy mushroom pappardelle with truffle oil, although my friend's Gnocchi with Amatriciana sauce!

Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
I asked the chef to make me a serving of pappardelle with mushrooms and classic Carbonara sauce and drizzled with truffle oil
Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Assorted grilled meat (quail, sirloin, tenderloin, short ribs and seafood)
Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)
Our friend's pasta: gnocchi with Amatriciana (pork belly and garlic in tomato sauce pecorino Romano)

Although the buffet spread is served to our table, we didn't miss out on the fun too, I had a pretty fun time arranging my own panna cotta for dessert and my own cheese platter. Pardon the explosion of colours in the panna cotta, I'm a sucker for fresh fruits! ;)
Sunday Brunch Scusa Italian Restaurant at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza (www.culinarybonanza.com)

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A cup of sweet and delightful panna cotta to end the Italian feast, it doesn't get any more Italian than this, right?

Sunday Brunch Price:
IDR 395,000++/person (price includes a glass of Bloody Mary / Spritz and an oyster)
*) Prices are subject to Government Tax and Service Charge

Operational Hours
Monday - Friday: Lunch : 11.30 am - 2.30 pm | Dinner : 6 pm - 12 am
Saturday: Dinner: 6 pm - 12 am
Sunday: Brunch : 11.30 am - 3 pm | Dinner : 6 pm - 12 am

Dress Code: Smart Casual (no slippers allowed)

InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza, 2nd level
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10 - 11
Central Jakarta 10220
Ph: +6221 2514188
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