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The Fireplace, Brookline - review.


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The Fireplace, Brookline - review.

jacinthe | Nov 17, 2004 08:07 PM

Brunch. I love brunch. The only thing I don't like about brunch is not being able to make reservations and having to wait.

But my love of eggs benedict overcomes such a petty annoyance. With that, my friend and I set out to go to The Fireplace in Brookline for brunch last Sunday.

It's a lovely space, on two levels, light and airy. And yes, they do have a fireplace.

After we ordered, buttermilk biscuits were put on our bread dishes. Scrumptious. My fresh-squeezed orange juice tasted strangely thin, as if it had been watered down slightly.

While it was hard for me to decide between the crispy duck hash with fried eggs and the eggs benedict. But sticking to form, I chose the latter.

Eggs were nicely poached, the yolk running all over the English muffin and .. it was more like country-style ham than canadian bacon, and was a touch too meaty for me. The hollandaise was a bit thin for my liking, and I prefer potatoes served with my eggs because they are good for dabbing in leftover hollandaise. The salad, while a healthier option, was already dressed and that dressing combined with hollandaise was just too much. Next time, I'd substitute the salad for home fries - brunch is no time to be healthy.

My friend got the spit-roasted chicken BLT and fries, which she enjoyed. I didn't have any of the sandwich, but the fries. Yum. They were delicious, and placated my desire for home fries.

Brunch came to just under $20 per person. I love brunch, it has to be my most favourite meal. I would return here, as even though brunch was a tad lackluster, I'm rather intrigued by their dinner menu and would like to check it. For brunch, though - well, I'd give them another shot to see if this round of eggs benedict was just a fluke, otherwise I'll go elsewhere for that dish.


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