Yesterday was my birthday but we celebrated it today (Monday) because we wanted to try Lacroix in the Rittenhouse for breakfast. It was great! No, it wasnt the huge Sunday brunch with vast arrays of meats and raw bar and rack of lamb which now runs $45.00 pp and we will try one day.
This is the Monday-Friday Express Buffet served from 7am to 10 am. The price is $12.00 per person complete. Since the A la carte menu starts at around $14.00 and coffee and joice would have to be added to that, the Express Buffet is the way to go.
The fresh squeezed juices are served and you receive a pot of coffee to serve yourself. The buffet included wonderful granola, fresh fruits and yogurt as well as a plate with salami and provolone cheese. Another plate had smoked salmon (actually probably Gravlax as compared to most deli lox) , capers, onions, tomatoes and cream cheese. Across the room was a basket with bagels, a large bran muffin (probably commercially made) and both regular and chocolate croissants. (as well as a toaster to toast bagels). There was a covered chaffing dish with excellent link sausage and bacon plus potatoes (the latter I did not try) and another covered dish with scrambled eggs.
The view was great over Rittenhouse Square and the serice of removing empty dishes as efficient. (Remember nothing was served it was self-service. There was also a rack with free newspapers (Wall St. Journal, Inquirer, and USA today.). We reserved for 9:30 and there were only 3 tables occupied at that time.
So, while there really werent cooked items in which the Chef could show what makes him special, the experience was wonderful, not much more expensive than most breakfast places, and a delightful way to spend the morning.
Note: the breakfast is included in weekday room rate if stating at the Rittenhouse, but at $265.00 or more per night, I think Ill be doing my buffets sans room.)