So, I was at APDC yesterday, for their first-ever round of brunch. As is to be expected, it was great! I got there around 11am, and there were plenty of tables available. But I guess they were also prepared for a huge crowd: they had their food truck outside, serving coffee and hot chocolate and a few brunch-y dishes.
But since there was no wait, I went straight inside, where they had prepared a "dim-sum-style" system. They had plates of food going around in carts, so you could choose according to your liking. It looks like they had the full staff from restaurant and from the cabane (sugar shack, and there were lots of dishes being served. Here's some of the stuff I tried (oh, there were 2 of us, by the way):
- hot chocolate
- Egg benedict, with a slice of smoked salmon and cretons
- prosciutto (they make it themselves in the sugar shack, with the pigs they raise there)
- veal heart with broccoli (the broccoli was prepared with hazelnuts, kind of like he one they once served at the sugar shack - if you had it, you'll remember)
- "tête fromagée" ("head cheese"?), served like a croquette, with a salad.
- steak topped with melted cheese and foie gras
Everything was really good. I wish I had had room to try some of the other stuff I saw go by: lobster bisque, tripe, fried crêpes, viennoiseries, etc.
The only thing I really didn't care for was the ergot: a piece of deep-fried pork foot. After taking out all the bones, all that was left was pretty much pork fat. The tête fromagée croquette was my favourite. The salad with which it was served was particularly good. The egg was also excellent. The steak, it goes without saying was very, very good.
I didn't have room for the croissant, chocolatine, apple pie and the like, so I just had the profiterole filled with banana ice-cream (you had 3 options from which to choose) and topped with caramel (the other option was chocolate).
Overall, a very good experience. And not that expensive, since there are plenty (PLENTY! See picture for a better idea) of small to medium-sized dishes to choose from, and you only pay for what you get.(i.e., it's NOT a prix-fixe, all-you-can-eat deal). All this for two people (and we were FULL by the time we left) came to approximately $60 after tax and tip, which is a tad more expensive than your average brunch, yes, but we also ate twice as much as we would have at a regular brunch.
I would think, however, that it might be a good place fr brunch for parties of 2-4 people, because then you can taste many dishes, and I assume it would the logistics would be harder for larger parties, because the carts need to move around, and there's not that much space between tables.
Of course, this was a first, and I assume they will be making adjustments as it goes, but they are definitely off to a great start!
FYI, according to their website, they'l be serving brunch every Sunday, from 10am to 2pm until the end of January. They do not accept reservations from brunch though.