Let’s start every Sunday morning like this. A wooden pastry board at the center of the table. Fresh fried Lemon Buttermilk Doughnut where you can actually taste the buttermilk tang, beneath a light glaze. A still-warm Blueberry Buckwheat Muffin, nutty with the crunch of a crumb topping and Apple-Cheddar Scone, savory to balance the sweet. Little ramekins of whipped butter and a wonderful jam from which we could detect raspberries and is that…boysenberry? Marvelous.
We met Kathryn and Dan for brunch this morning. The Dutch is crazy during dinner, but early brunch and weekdays afternoons at the bar are almost peaceful. A pot of Earl Grey Tea to start – they use tea pots from Zero, a Japanese brand I’ve recently spotted at more and more restaurants. I used to see tea pots by For Life everywhere, but now it seems Zero is taking over. Apparently they’re more durable than For Life pots, which is great for home use but harder when you’re doing volume service in a restaurant.
Pierre saved me half of his Soft Scrambled Eggs, a wickedly indulgent dish in retrospect. It comes accompanied with buttery Smoked Sable slices and generous spoonfuls of Trout Roe. Three simple ingredients – amazing together. Remind to recreate this dish at home. The toasted bagel is from Orwasher’s Bakery and there’s just a silky lick of crème fraîche to end on a high note.
Still recovering from a raclette dinner we attend last night, I ordered “light” with Tuna Tartare and this creamy Butternut Squash Soup, today’s special. Complete with balsamic, apple slices and pear puree at the center. Gentle swirl to mix and spoon up.
Here’s the tartare from Big Eye Tuna, topped with pickled cucumbers and just a shake of Nanami Togarashi, a Japanese chili powder that I find more nutty and sweet than spicy. Chili peppers are the base but they also blend in black sesame seeds and ginger.
Kathryn had the Hot Fried Chicken with slaw and a duo of Honey Butter Biscuits. These biscuits are $9 if you order them as a side (3 pieces/order), which makes this fried chicken dish both delicious and a really good deal.
Check out Dan’s Pork & Egg Breakfast Roll, I love the bright sunny side egg on top. Placing an egg over any savory dish automatically transforms it to breakfast/brunch territory! And that’s Sunday morning for you…I think we deserve an afternoon nap ;)
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