If you find yourself in Florence on a Sunday and are in need of a truly peaceful escape from the throngs of tourists and the hustle and bustle, look no further than the Sunday Brunch at the exquisite boutique hotel J.K. Place Firenze.
As you sink into one of their white wing back chairs with coordinating monogrammed pillow, you have the sense that you are relaxing in the comfort of your own home (that is, if you lived in a dream home interior designed by famous Florentine Michele Bonan and had your own personal staff to wait on you). The coziness of the space and the gentle color palette are the perfect backdrop for a leisurely Sunday spent eating until your heart's content.
For a fixed price of 60EUR you can enjoy the menu as follows:
First choose a welcome cocktail, anything from local wines to a J.K. Place signature Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Bellini. Tea, coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate and mineral water are also available. Then you get up and navigate your way around the buffet station set up in the neighboring room. You'll find both sweet and savory items including cakes, muffins, pistachio brownies, fresh fruit, yogurt, salad, meats, cheeses, cereals (there's even a vegan corner). A basket of homemade breads, rolls and croissants is also brought to your table.
As if the buffet wasn't enough to fill you for the entire day, you then move on to the 'J.K. Kitchen' portion of the menu, where you can order a hot dish specially prepared by the chef. There are eggs benedict, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bagels with salmon and cream cheese, burgers, pastas, steak and fresh fish of the day all on offer.
We went for a lovely cod filet and some salmon, both served with beautiful grilled vegetables as an accompaniment.
The absolutely charming and wonderfully attentive waitstaff would not let us leave without trying the famous J.K. Place tiramisu ... it was hands down one of the best I have ever tasted, and believe me, having lived in Rome, Padova, Trieste and Boston's North End, I have had my fair share of tiramisu! Unforgettable.
I highly recommend spending a lazy Sunday enjoying the brunch at J.K. Place. Outside tables are available in the nice weather and have a glorious view of the facade of the Santa Maria Novella Church (the facade is not only the oldest of all the churches in Florence but it is also the only church with its original, planned facade still in place today).
I was lucky enough to stay at the hotel on this visit as well, so stay tuned for some gorgeous interior shots and a look at the duplex suite overlooking the Santa Maria Novella church that we stayed in while here in Florence.