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Brunch at the Claremont, and question about Paragon

garçon | Apr 16, 200201:25 AM

I had the buffet brunch in the main pavillion there this Sunday for the first time in about 5 years. I've noticed two main differences: it's a little more expensive ($36, IIRC), and it's better.

The fruits were fresh and ripe; a small plateful of pineapple chunks, strawberries, and melons draped with a tasty prosciutto sheet is a lovely way to end a lazy Sunday morning and start the afternoon.

Two cold dishes were pretty good: the tuscan-inspired flageolet (white bean) salad, and the spicy bell pepper chicken salad.

Like the rest of the spread, none of the desserts were absolutely outstanding, though they were all pretty good and the variety was great. The spread featured many pastries, a tray of bread pudding as well as a waffle station.

Overall, the brunch had good freshness and decent variety; not as staggering or extravagant as the Palace Hotel Garden Court's spread, then again it's a cheaper brunch. The star of the meal is of course the atmosphere. The sweeping three bridge view is simply magnificent, and the room's bright and airy aura are accented with the faded lemon yellow color scheme. This is a very nice place to bring an out-of-state visitor.

Finally, has anyone got some feedback about the new restaurant at the southern end of the hotel, called Paragon? Same view, nice deck but with a very modern setting (not over-the-top, but a sober, updated classic-modern look).

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