If Carrie Bradshaw came to Ostuni she would be having Sunday brunch at Paragon 700, sipping a negroni - their signature cocktail - in place of her usual cosmopolitan.
As stylish as it is aspirational, for most Ostuni residents Restaurant 700 is a place for occasional dining. But those intimidated by the menu pricing will find Sunday Brunch a good place to start. Coming in at €40 it represents good value, even better with mains lifted from the bistrot menu (from €17-€22 ordered individually).
Equally tasty and fussy are the pastry basket’s pancakes, french toast and mini muffins. Served on a plate rather than a basket, we are brought our own helping.
Style over substance meant that we really couldn’t tell the french toast and pancakes apart, despite the tasty cinnamon deliciousness of one or the other (or both…).
We are left undecided whether we would have preferred a more regular sized one of each. That said, the variety of the bite sized croquets and sandwiches on the savoury plate worked perfectly well for us. Bigger would not have been better, rather too much.
Menu choices that are decidedly unItalian - after all, would it be brunch without the option of eggs benedict, stunningly served and perfectly cooked, by the way - sitting side by side with those that are is definitely a bonus.
We may be able to find the pasta and fish selections elsewhere in Ostuni, but not so the Club Sandwich or the hamburger. And what a hamburger it is, dense but not compacted.
Cooked to perfection and served with freshly made crisp potato chips in place of fries (or for British readers, crisp crisps in place of chips) that for once don’t make you feel like you are missing out on fries.
The brunch menu finishes with a choice of desert. The slice of tart that each of us had, was spot on and then some.
The quality of Restaurant 700’s kitchen product is as it should be and, like the impeccable service, anything less would be disappointing. Attention to detail is king.
Until it comes to the paper sachets of sugar served with coffee and hot beverages; if the accompanying individual house biscuit can be wrapped in its own bespoke packaging, surely a solution can be found for the paper sugar sachets that accompany it. But that’s an observation, not a complaint!
Not yet the bottomless prosecco brunch that Carrie Bradshaw and pals might be having in lower Manhattan or currently on trend in London’s Soho and Shoreditch eateries, but it’s certainly a brunch we will be going back for.