Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Revolucion De Cuba - Bottomless Brunch - Leeds

Prior to visiting Revolucion De Cuba (RDC) I was a bottomless brunch virgin. I've seen it gradually creep up the country from London Town and watched it grow in popularity in the North with more and more establishments jumping on the bandwaggon. When it comes to all you can eat I've never been a fan, mainly because I struggle to get my money's worth. I'm simply not as greedy as my belly thinks I am.

As brunch is almost certainly my favourite meal (it's a shame that it has to be restricted to weekends only, damn you full time job) it was almost a certified bet that I was going to eventually be bottomless brunching. 

I noticed that RDC offer bottomless brunch whilst there for the Cocktails In The City Launch night, I'll be damned if you can find out any other way. RDC's website is a nightmare, deadlinks send you back and forth from one page to another with no menu available to view. Frustrating is an understatement. 

Another frustrating moment came when I tried to book our table online and I was told there were limited bookings and to call instead. I called on my lunch break and was given the full speech about the brunch. We when arrived there definitely wasn't limited bookings, there was an abundance of tables. I wonder how many people gave up when they saw that they had to call? 

Some of the names of dishes may not be true to what they are on the menu, as mentioned already finding a menu on their website is near impossible but I'm sure if you visit you can work out which dish I'm referring to. 

The bottomless brunch deal (as of April 2017) in RDC is pretty good, £20 all you can eat and all you can drink from a select menu. This includes all of the brunch food options and a choice of soft drinks, mojitos, prosecco and bloody Mary's on the drink side. You have two hours to eat and drink to your hearts content, the limits being you can only have one drink and one plate at a time. 

We booked a table for 3 on a Saturday at 12pm, prime brunching hour. As mentioned it was particularly quiet when we visited and it appeared that we were the only ones bottomless brunching it too. RDC is a chain but I'm not adverse to it, I visited a few times in Leeds and Sheffield for happy hour and devoured many teapots of cocktails. 

The clock starts as soon as you order your first drink or dish, we had formulated a strategy to start light and try to avoid the carbs (which is a difficult feat as most dishes come with potatoes or bread). J ordered a prosecco to start, C a bloody Mary and I jumped in with the mojito. 

First up for me with regard food was the Breakkie Burrito.

Breakkie Burrito 

As it's title suggests it was a tortilla containing breakfast foods such as sausage, chorizo, egg, refried beans, jalapenos and cheese topped with crispy bacon. It was incredibly filling and on a non-bottomless-brunch-challenge-day I would have been content just eating this. The salad that came in the ramekin (present with most dishes) laid redundant, it would be a rookie error to fill up on tomato and cucumber and miss out on the good stuff. 

Next up I failed on avoiding or limiting the carbs with the Cubano Benedict. 

Cubano Benedict 

The Cubano Benedict is a slice of sourdough toast topped with pulled pork, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce with a side of salsa salad and patatas. Again another great dish that I could have happily have eaten on it's own. The patatas were too hard to avoid and I did regrettably (later when my belly was about to burst) eat them all. 

The third and final dish I ate was the Huevos Rancheros. 

Huevos Rancheros 

A smaller version that I am accustomed to but this was probably a good thing at this point. Topped with a mix of refried beans and chorizo with a fried egg balanced on top; reliably accompanied with salsa salad and patatas. It's not the best Huevos Rancheros I've ever had, it was too my least favourite option on the menu. 

My friends had a similar mix of dishes (we all had three each) with C choosing to exclude the pork from her Cubano Benedict so essentially just making it poached egg on toast with a bit of hollandaise. A dish that both J and C ordered that I didn't was that Avocado on toast. We all exclaimed in disbelief in the minimal amount of avocado present. Are avocados expensive or in rare supply? It was like they had spread the thinnest layer of guacamole on the sourdough toast as physically possible. Definitely not a worthy option for brunch (bottomless or otherwise) in my opinion. 

Avocado on toast with mood lighting 

Drinks flowed throughout and I was beyond merry by the end of the meal, I was doing well to stick to the mojitos (regular and raspberry) until J decided we needed to end the meal with a glass of prosecco each naughtily tipping over our 2 hour limited (and drinks on the table limit...eeep!). 

I can honestly say that we got our monies worth, had I not have had to hot foot it to an event (thankfully involving coffee to help sober me up a little) I would have gone straight home and slept for the rest of the afternoon. I was unbearably full, so uncomfortable I was cursing myself for being such a greedy mess. Oh dear. 

As much as I love brunch, I don't think bottomless brunches are for me... unless next time I attempt to eat only 1 to 1.5 dishes and make up my money's worth in drink instead, but then now I'm 30 I feel that getting wasted in the early afternoon is something that is perhaps frowned upon? 

Have you been for bottomless brunch? Where did you go? Did you enjoy it? 

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