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Artisanal, Sunday Brunch

Sethy | Jan 20, 2003 06:13 PM

Finally, I've found an excellent place for a nice sunday brunch. Starting off with some nice, cheesy gougeres, and then moved into a prix-fixe brunch menu including a choice of fresh squeezed juice (orange, my idea of the perfect juice) or infusion (my companions fizzy Pomegranate with a hint of Ginger). Next course, a pair of excellently light cheese blintzes, with a quince compote and pomegranate seeds, and for my companion a small portion of smoked salmon with the obligatory dollop of creme fraiche and caviar (which I confess to eating). Finally, a boring-looking but flavorful buttermilk waffle, and for me, brunch heaven: soft scrambled eggs prepared the French way, with a nice crisp potato cake and a twist on the usual breakfast meat, a nice plump Boudin Blanc.

My only major complaint to an otherwise excellent meal, was the COFFEE service. It was nigh impossible to GET a second cup of coffee - the first busboy poured me about 1/3 of a cup from the end of the little pot he had, and then finally about 10 minutes later I got an official second cup which was lukewarm and bland. Its a shame they can't have a swifter method of getting coffee to tables for brunch, besides running all the way back to the kitchen for a tiny pot.

Besides the prix fixe menu, they offer a la carte menu items (monkfish ossobucco for brunch? not me) and a huge menu listing all of the dozens of cheeses they have available, which Artisanal is famed for.

A definite good choice for brunch on my list. Next time I'll just sneak in my own thermos of Starbucks.

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