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Brunch at Campton Place

meggie t | | Apr 9, 2007 03:15 PM

My husband and I enjoyed Easter Brunch at Campton Place yesterday. It was an a la carte menu, of which we each got three courses.

I started with the Seasonal Fruit Plate (honeydew, canteloupe, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries). It was very fresh and delicious. I then had the Lobster Frittata with asparagus and goat cheese. It was very light, but the seasoning was a bit sparse. The goat cheese was a great addition, but it still needed a generous dousing of salt and pepper. On the side were potatoes, which had a nice flavor but were a little mushy for my taste. For dessert, I got the White Chocolate Mousse tart, with a bit of meyer lemon curd in the shell, coffee cookies and a serving of Cocoa Nib ice cream. It was very good! The portions were a nice size - not too big or too small.

My husband started with the Asparagus soup, with lobster and black truffles. I wish there had been a bit more of the soup part, but there was a nice piece of lobster and several truffle shavings. It was very tasty. He then had the Crab Cake Benedict, which was very good! The crab cakes had a nice crust on them, and a generous amount of crab. The egg was perfectly cooked and the hollandaise was wonderful. It was served with a salad. For dessert, my husband had the French Toast, which is highly recommended. It takes 12 min. to prepare, which they told us, but it is worth it! It is made with sassafras, which creates a crusty but moist topping on the toast. It is served with goat cheese ice cream, which we both really liked, and kumquats around the plate. Excellent!

The service was great - very attentive but not overly attentive. The atmosphere seems like it was nice in its prime, but it could use updating (carpets, menus, seating has seen better days). We had a 1:30pm reservation, and the restaurant was more than half empty. Since it was Easter yesterday, I expected it to be more crowded. I would definitely return for breakfast/brunch/lunch. We give it a 4.5 out of 5, overall.

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