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Brunch at Perilla - Pretty nice!

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Brunch at Perilla - Pretty nice!

small h | Dec 5, 2010 05:49 PM

I haven't read any recent reports of Perilla's brunch save this brief (and not very positive) mention - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6798... - but we took a shot anyway this afternoon. At 1:30, the room was full, and the kitchen a tad slow, but it's such a pleasant place to sit that this wasn't an issue. We shared two entrees, the poached eggs with smoked salmon and the polenta with basted egg. The poached eggs were just okay. I am finicky about smoked salmon because I've been spoiled by Russ & Daughters, and Perilla's is undistinguished. And the sauce and the muffins didn't do enough to elevate this dish, although both were fine. The polenta was much better, crazy with butter and cheese, and generously studded with artichokes and mushrooms. But the grilled toast served with it did nothing to convince me that grilled toast is a good idea. It always tastes burned. I enjoyed the complimentary pumpkin muffins, which were very moist, almost like pudding. My "smoky" bloody mary was well-balanced although not very smoky.

Then we split the French toast entree, which is a little shameful, but none of the desserts appealed. It's a very fine version, crisp, and not overly sweet nor overly eggy. I couldn't detect much mascarpone in the mascarpone butter, but that may have been for the best since it kept me from scarfing it. And by that time I really shouldn't have been ingesting any more butter.

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