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Canteen brunch was good but...


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Canteen brunch was good but...

Carb Lover | Jul 7, 2006 05:03 AM

...kinda salty. This is from a girl who enjoys starting the day with salt, grease, and a strong dose of coffee on a relaxed weekend morning. For such top-notch ingredients and a skilled chef, excess salt in both dishes seemed tragic. I was in an easygoing and forgiving mood, so it didn't ruin the day or anything. Is the food consistently salty here?

We went this past Sun. around 11:30am. A few parties of two/three before us, but the wait wasn't bad at all...maybe 15 min. We had the much-praised eggs benedict and corned beef hash.

Eggs benedict photo:

Hash photo:

The benedict was stunning to look at. Yellow sauce was glistening and fluffy, blanketing its companions underneath. Loved the smooth, fluffy texture of the hollandaise, although found the lemon tang jarring and overpowering. Eggs perfectly poached and chives added a nice touch. My potatoes weren't as crispy-charred as I like.

Y's hash was quite good. The big chunks of beef were nicely seared and bursting w/ red meat flavor. His potatoes were more browned than mine from the griddle. If I had to choose, I think I liked the hash a bit more than the benedict here.

We didn't order drinks since we had our quota of coffee earlier that morning, but the fresh watermelon juice was tempting. Service was good, and it was fun to finally try this place and see Dennis Leary live at the stove. Vibe of the place is so intimate and "raw"; love the smells from the stove two ft. away and how you can sense everything from end to end. The hipster hotel and brunch crowd, the green counter, and the cool music made me feel like I was in a movie scene.

Even w/ the blips, I wouldn't mind returning to see what's cookin' in that tiny kitchen and giving the food another shot...

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