Sunday, July 14, 2013

Oystercatchers: A Phenomenal Sunday Brunch #tampabrunch

This past Sunday I had the great experience of enjoying brunch at Oystercatchers, a restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Tampa. I felt like a (lucky) tourist in my own city, as I had never before brunched at this lovely waterfront restaurant.
Brunch with one of the most beautiful views in Tampa? Sign me up. I've been wanting to try Oystercatchers for awhile and after this first visit, I know I will be returning. It's a buffet of dreamlike proportions, with every breakfast and lunch food imaginable, complete with fresh seafood bar, pasta station, omelette station (offering quail egg omelettes!), carving stations, and more.
 Photo credit: Oystercatchers' Facebook page
Here's a look at some of the culinary creations our group enjoyed.
I loved that they served Domaine Ste Michelle Brut as the sparkling wine on hand. I love this sparkling wine and at this brunch, it truly never seems to stop flowing!
A Bloody Mary bar featured all types of tomato juice, and spices (chili salt, celery salt, etc) to rim your glass. Also included in the accoutrements: blue-cheese stuffed olives, grilled shrimp, cocktail onions, bacon, and peppers.
 
I got to making my creation right away...
 As we enjoyed our cocktails, we saw this delightful little plate pass by.  There wasn't a birthday girl at our table this day, but it was great to see what the chef team can do to celebrate someone's special day.
A plate chockful of appetizer goodness: shrimp curry salad, Mediterranean chicken salad, marinated grilled wild mushrooms, (which were incredible, by the way) and bay scallop ceviche.
 This is Megan's plate of caviar, smoked salmon, oysters, and fine cheeses.
Amazing summer rolls, seaweed salad, prosciutto, blue cheeses, mussels, shrimp cocktail and bacon. A random selection, to be sure, but delicious nonetheless!
The view from our table was so pretty and we saw plenty of dolphin and flying fish swimming by.
I liked this wall decor, an homage to the oystercatcher, a Florida bird for which the restaurant is named.
 Mountains of wonderful aged cheese...
 Dry aged salami infused with wine, more cheeses, fig spread, honey, crackers, and some sort of amazing tiny pancake to use in place of a cracker.
 Greek salad with salmon
Top round carving station...At this point, we had enjoyed several plates of breakfast and lunch food, from sushi to macadamia nut pancakes to strawberry grouper topped with mango salsa. We couldn't take no more deliciousness...Oh wait, it was time for dessert!
Oystercatchers' brunch features a room stocked to the hilt with desserts of all kinds. Chefs worked non-stop at a Bananas Foster station. When we approached we saw they also make homemade fried apple beignets with a ginger cream dipping sauce, a favorite of our table, but not pictured here.
Chocolate mousse in an edible white chocolate bowl. Delicate and beautiful, it almost looked too pretty to eat!
 More decadent baked treats...
Fresh fruit tarts
One of the perks of this incredible afternoon was....
I highly recommend checking out Oystercatchers for brunch. Whether it be a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary, or just a nice way to spend a relaxing Tampa Sunday, I can't imagine that any foodie would not find the brunch here to be over-the-top impressive. Like Oystercatchers on Facebook and follow @grandhyatttampa on Twitter for updates.

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2 comments:

  1. Definitely a memorable brunch - it is going to be hard to top it...so much awesome food!

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  2. What a great lunch, I am reminiscing it now! And I wonder why I didn't lose any weight last month!

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