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Albany - 6 Degrees on Solano Sunday Brunch - $3 mimosas with flowers

rworange | May 15, 200602:28 AM    

Driving up Solano on my way somewhere else, I saw 6 Degrees started serving Sunday brunch today.

Mimosas are three dollars with a fresh strawberry garnishing the side of the glass and a pretty edible flower floating on top.

They have some interesting brunch drinks at a reasonable $6 (The regular $3 cosmos are also available).

I also had ‘the violet’ – champagne with violet liquor, a fresh blueberry and a purple flower floating on top. Very pretty, but not as good as Nizza La Bella’s violet hour.

Next on the list to try is the Moulin Rouge mimosa which has fresh strawberries muddled with grand Marnier, shaken with fresh lime in a martini glass and topped with champagne & flowers. Or maybe the golden Napa – watermelon & pear liquor splashed with champagne and served with raspberries.

There are breakfast small plates, paninin’s, breakfast pastries, and traditional dishes like an omelet, Spanish eggs benedict and Cointreau French toast.

The lobster bisque was light and lovely with a nice essence of lobster ($4).

I also had the flamenco tortilla – a Spanish version of a frittata. The cheese on top was nicely browned. It came with a salad of chopped hearts of romaine and a slice of watermelon ($9).

My one nit about 6 Degrees is that they are not careful with fruit. It is out of season and not carefully selected. I really wouldn’t recommend any fresh-fruit dish here until that changes. The watermelon was about as good as it gets at this time of year, which means not very flavorful. Better a garnish of tasty orange slices or to kick it up a notch, blood oranges ... or mango slices ... I had some stellar mango at Guerilla Cafe the other day. Ok, end of rant.

The bread changed. I like the crust very much but I thought the interior a little dry. It nicely absorbed the lemon/herb olive oil, so all was well. The bread was made for dipping.

Besides some of the regular small plates (mini burgers, pommes frittes, sautéed prawns, seared ahi, etc). There are mix and match breakfast items.

They include fried potatoes ($3), Chicken apple sausage ($3), Applewood bacon ($3), two eggs any style ($3). On the sweet side are scones, pan au chocolate, croissants, assorted pastries, English muffins with house made jam and marmalade.

They have a very nice and interesting wine list with most glasses at $6. There are over 25 wines by the glass. The mark-up is really low on the bottle. For example, Nino Franco Prosecco is $18 for a bottle. The lowest price I found for this on the web was about $10 with BevMO selling it for $14.99.

The wines are along that line. Nothing expensive or fancy, just nice little wines to enjoy with the food.

As always, a large group was celebrating … I would guess Mother’s Day. It is a pleasant restaurant on a warm afternoon. The windows open up and the tables next to them felt like dining outdoors.

I always enjoyed brunch when this restaurant was Albany Bistro. It may have not been knock your socks off food, but it was tasty and there were never the lines of some other places. Six Degrees is also a pleasant place to unwind on a weekend and the cocktails are lovely.

This restaurant seems to be evolving nicely. There is always some new touch. The neighborhood seems to be discovering it.

There’s no mention of brunch yet on the website. Hours are 11- 3 on Sunday.

Link: http://sixdegrees6.com/

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