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Brunch at the Black Bass Hotel

Ellen | May 17, 2004 10:22 AM

Had brunch at the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville yesterday, incented by a restaurant.com coupon. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for dining, walking, and driving around Bucks County. We walked in without a reservation around 12:30, and were seated immediately in the front room with a river view, although the place was pretty full.

Brunch is served in two rooms: self serve and chef prepared. The self serve room had a very good liver pate and an OK salmon mousse (it contained horse radish which I didn't care for). There was good quality smoked salmon with all of the garnishes. The salad table contained a varied and interesting array of shrimp, tuna, potato, and various cold salads including one with green lentils and another with barley. The shrimp salad was everyone's favorite. The hot pasta station had a very good tortellini in pesto sauce and another pasta in tomato sauce we didn't try.

The chef station served omelettes, crepes, eggs benedict, and waffles to order. I chose the eggs benedict. The egg was perfectly poached while you wait and the hollandaise was very good (this was not tired steamtable EB). Also had a crepe with seafood newburg filling (there was also a curried chicken and another filling I forget). The crepe was stuffed with shrimp, scallops and crab - very rich and very good.

There was an array of desserts, including a warm peach cobbler, bread pudding, pineapple upside down cake, chocotale mousse, cheesecake, etc. The chocolate mousse, cobbler, and a lemon cake were the high points. The key lime pie had little key lime flavor, same with the coconut cake, but by then we were so full we barely had room. I'd try a waffle for dessert next time. I didn't think to ask if they had a fruit dessert crepe, but it would be a good idea.

The $29 pp brunch included a modest but quite drinkable French bubbly. Service was excellent - plates were cleared immediately and the bubbly was non stop. We all felt that we got an excellent value for our money, coupon or not. The problem, of course, was that it took all day to get over our meal. Given the selections, you could go here with a carnivore, a vegetarian and an Atkins dieter and everyone could go home happy. And plan a long walk along the canal afterward.

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