Weekends are for waking late and eating slow, and two fine brunch options were discussed this week on the boards.
The first was Aujourd’hui, that Back Bay hub of fine French dining that’s often mentioned in the same breath as L’Espalier. Brunch at Aujourd’hui is “incredible,” according to macadamianu’s mouthwatering description: “Full raw bar with lobster, crab, shrimp, smoked salmon, oysters, clams on the half shell and that is just one table. Dim sum, outrageous ham, lovely salads and even the fruit salads are unique. The dessert table is oh so special. The waiters come round and round all morning with fresh squeezed orange juice. You must try this at least once in your lifetime.” The bad news? The fine china and circulating waiters will cost you from $65 to $100 per person, depending on when you go, and that’s before cocktails.
Lack the scratch for such decadence? Masa is offering a $7.95 “brunch fiesta” deal on Saturdays at both its Woburn and Boston locations. For that low, low price, you get a choice of a first course (fruit, granola, caramelized plantain empanada with cinnamon cream cheese, drool), and then a main dish plus tea or coffee. Jpan99 had creamy scrambled eggs with fruit, home fries, toast, and chorizo, plus a bread basket with mini sweet bread, flavored butter, and housemade jam. “The food was great, the service fine and the prices unbelievable,” says Jpan99.
Aujourd’hui [Back Bay]
200 Boylston Street, Boston
348A Cambridge Road, Woburn
Masa [South End]
439 Tremont Street, Boston