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The Blue Room Brunch Let-down 3/11/12

opinionatedchef | Mar 11, 201209:19 PM

Long ago, in the Blue Rm. days of Stan Frankenthaler and Steve Johnson, it was a delightful and regular dinner spot for us. We finally went back today, to test out their brunch, but to cut to the chase, I would not send anyone here for the $27 brunch buffet. While the room was sunny and comfortable and bustling , and the servers could not have been nicer, there were just too many disappointments with the food. The whole thing tasted like the work of chefs who just didn't really care.

On a buffet with perhaps 16 items, only 4 impressed me.
Pluses: The spicy tomato soup was bright and flavorful.The pork roast was some of the best I've ever had. Rosy, moist, succulent, w/ a light sweet glaze. The Patatas Bravas, which were on the brunch buffet back in the 90's, were garlic redolent, creamy roasted yum. The scrambled eggs were the best I have ever had outside of home. These were scrambled eggs as they were meant to be>>creamy creamy soft and creamy.

But the minuses: Arugula Salad with no (promised)almonds or fruit and little or no dressing, overcooked lovely sweet beets, navy beans with no flavor, plain chickpea salad, grits overcooked and flavorless save for some cheese topping, a large bowl of completely overcooked bacon, perfectly cooked but tough roast beef, boring plain roasted root veggies,uninspired roast salmon, smoked salmon with no accompaniments, no savory breads ( just sweet Iggy's rolls and brioche), and finally, plain pancakes.Plain? Plain.

The dessert table was not only unattractive- almost every item was mid-brown- but amazingly uninspired. Cookies ranged from poor to decent. A very good walnut tart. A decent raspberry cheesecake. No colorful fruit creations or salads, no chocolate, no varied textures (mousses, puddings, creme brulees,etc.)

So it's back to the East Coast Grill for us. I would much rather eat a smaller number of items that are really flavorful and excellent- than have a large variety of items of mediocre quality.

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