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Brunch at Basis -- Phoenix


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Brunch at Basis -- Phoenix

Gayle | Jul 25, 2005 09:26 PM

Based on feedback from the board and the new listing in Phoenix Magazine of "Best Brunch" we headed to Basis on Sunday morning for brunch.

$25 a head including all the champagne you can toss down your gullet! Not a bad deal -- considering I love champagne -- I should've been a princess, supermodel or a rock star I love it so much!

We arrived promptly at 10:30 a.m. a party of four and were offered table or booth. We took the booth.

First off, the place is cute. Nice, warm golden yellow walls, black and other neutral fabrics. Reminded me ALOT of Convinvo. You'll find out why soon.

Immediately upon being seated the champange, water and coffee arrived. And a small carafe of OJ to make your own Mimosas. Yum, I'm in heaven! Brunch is just so decadent!

Here's the layout...standard brunch fare on the buffet, selection of cheeses, fresh fruit and roasted veggies, assortment of pastries, BBQ chicken (boneless breast) with rice pilaf, a chicken and noodle dish, big boiled shrimp (not overdone -- yippee!), a beef tips in ancho chili sauce, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes.

Then at the open kitchen counter were the cooked to order items and specials, pain perdu (lost bread or French toast) with creme Anglais and maple syrup, prime rib, omelets, beef tenderloin with rock shrimp relish, biscuits and gravy and I'm sure I'm missing something else.

Buffet fare was decent, shrimp was good. Bacon was done to my liking, not too well done and a little chewy. Fruit was super fresh and all nice and ripe. Loved the roasted veggies.

The French toast was really rich, but very nice. It was already cooked and being kept warm, which was a bit of a downer, I prefer it fresh cooked and crispy.

The Champagne is still flowing!

The one omlet that was ordered at the table looked nice. It was really more of a scramble than an omelet though. Marc thought is was a little too cheesey and only ate half.

More Champagne please!

Then Patrick tried the prime rib. What were we thinking? Why did we get this first? We all had a bite and then proceeded to get our own slab o' meat. Super tender, just rare enough, the au jus was luscious, sauteed mushrooms if you wanted them and horseradish sauce. The prime rib was delightful!

Can we have another bottle of Champagne please?

Small dessert assortment. I love dessert and am all too often disappointed by them. They look fab and you get all excited and have a high expectation and the fall flat.

The only thing I tried was what I thought was a brownie cut in a triangle with a dab of caramel to secure the lovely blackberry to its top. To my surprise -- flourless chocolate cake! And it was really good.

All in all, not the best brunch I've ever had. However, probably the best brunch I've ever had for $25 a person. We walked out for $108 for four of us, having drank copious amounts of Champagne (not the driver, of course). Too often, we head to breakfast, thinking is a cheap meal. Order our breakfast, coffee, maybe a mimosa or Bloody Mary and it's a $50 affair.

And here's the deal with the Convivo connection. Jeff Beeson sold Convivo and was gonna move to Boston to open a restaurant. That didn't work out. Now, he's the "guest" chef at Basis. Not sure was that means. Basis is owned by Atlasta Catering.

I'd recommend it for a casual brunch! Definitely better than a sharp stick in the eye or spending $40 for two people at 5 & Diner!

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