AVEO Table + Bar, the seaside restaurant at AAA Five Diamond Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has introduced an extravagant new Sunday brunch tradition. Drawing inspiration from the South of France, Executive Chef Collin Thornton also borrows flavors from across the Mediterranean, from Spain to Italy and from Greece to Morocco
A feast for the eyes, AVEO Table + Bar’s lavish brunch spans across the entirety of the restaurant; converting its bar, terrace, and dining rooms into a buffet featuring 10 over-the-top brunch stations. Inventive offerings include a “Little Italy” station with made-to-order pastas and risottos, a sushi station brimming with nigiri, and a mobile Bloody Mary cart.
“Every Sunday, we transform the restaurant into a beautiful brunch buffet, highlighting flavors from across the Mediterranean,” comments Thornton, whose distinguished 20-year career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has honed his skills in banquet-style dining. “Our brunch buffet is a work of art, each station as unique and spectacular as the next.
Offered every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., AVEO Table + Bar’s brunch features the following buffet stations:
LITTLE ITALY STATION
AVEO’s Little Italy section offers made-to-order risottos and housemade pastas & raviolis customizable with a variety of authentic Italian ingredients and housemade sauces. A wood-fired oven warms a variety of flatbreads including a sweet & savory Prosciutto & Pear with Quince.
RAW BAR + SUSHI STATION
West Coast & East Coast oysters, jumbo crab claws, and shrimp are offered with an array of housemade accompaniments. AVEO’s sushi chef prepares made-to-order hand and cut rolls, and a bamboo boat boasts a sea of nigiri sushi.
Fine American & European cheeses are displayed at AVEO’s Antipasti Station with artisan baguettes, dried fruit, and a whole golden honeycomb. Smoked & cured meats and housemade pâtés & rillettes are offered alongside assorted mustards and pickled vegetables.
Hearty offerings including Braised Chicken Cacciatore, Pacific Dover Sole, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Chops, and Seafood Paella highlight the savory flavors of the Mediterranean and offer a peek into lunch and dinner items at AVEO Table + Bar.
Amid a colorful menagerie of peanut butter jelly verrines and gold-dusted caramel tartlets, the Dessert Station also boasts a triple-tiered chocolate fountain and will soon expand to feature a made-to-order frost-top ice cream bar.
Other stations include a Miraval Juice & Smoothie Bar, Continental Breakfast Station, Seasonal Salad Bar, Carvery, and a Children’s Station. Guests can enhance their Sunday Brunch with free-flowing beverage upgrades.
Brunch at AVEO Table + Bar is offered every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is priced at $78 per guest, $39 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5. AVEO Table + Bar is located at One Monarch Beach Drive, Dana Point, Calif. For more information, visit www.monarchbeachresort.com or Facebook.com/MonarchBeachResort. Follow @MonarchBResort on Twitter and Instagram.