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Brunch at Orange

anne | Mar 5, 200403:39 PM

I just came across my receipt from a brunch I had two weeks ago at Orange (the Harrison location), and realized I hadn't posted the review I had intended to write.

My overall impression was pretty poor. My husband and I couldn't believe the place was as busy as it was -- we were both pretty unimpressed with the food, and even less so with the service (and those menuzines? Whose idea was that?).

There was a short (but tolerable) wait for a table, and then we were seated. Our server stopped by to take drink orders, and then disappeared. I had the orange juice which, for a signature item, wasn't very good. It was way too acidic -- as if it were from concentrate. Although I'm sure it's made fresh, the quality of oranges they're using must be pretty low. Husband opted for a pineapple/orange juice combo, ended up with just pineapple juice, but said that it was pretty good.

On to the food: I ordered the french toast kebob (2 skewers threaded with cubes of "coconut infused" french toast, strawberries, and pineapples, served with a side of cubed mango sprinkled with coconut flakes). I was terribly excited for this, as I'm a huge french toast fan. Alas, I was terribly disappointed. The french toast was very, very dry, and lacked much of any kind of taste (coconut or otherwise). The fruit was good -- fresh -- and the presentation was nice. I also had a side of 1 scrambled egg (basic, good) and chicken sausage (very good). My husband had a grilled cheese sandwich, which he felt was "passable", but nothing to write home about.

And then, for the bill -- I was quite surprised at the nearly $40.00 tab for a mediocre brunch.

The atmosphere was okay -- it was a busy Saturday morning, lots of families and younger couples. My main complaint about the space is the fact that you have to enter the attached building to get to the bathroom (I'm 9 months pregnant, and this was no small annoyance).

Overall, I was disappointed. Is the Clark St. location any better, or at least worth a try?

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