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brief review of Lacroix brunch-thanks!

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brief review of Lacroix brunch-thanks!

shellymck | Oct 3, 2005 05:09 PM

Thanks Philly hounds for suggesting the Lacroix brunch. We enjoyed it very much and believe it was also a good value. For those who haven't been the ambiance is lovely though bustling. The room, done up in garden colors is very suited to brunch, and we had a table that overlooked the square. There was live music thanks to a guitarist. Staff seemed very interested in pleasing us, even beyond our server, though I'm never sure if people just want to confirm if you are generally happy or if they truly want to know what you think.

So, here's what I really think, about the food that is. The brunch had a lot of highlights, but also some low notes. We ordered a lime mint cooler and a bloody mary, both delicious. The first course area had, to my mind, the most interesting dishes--some very lovely beets, thai coconut tapioca, tomatoes with verbena (a stand out) but there were few things that were badly in need of a heat source. Cold fried food is not good no matter what--the potato pancakes, and two kinds of turnover things were just awful due to the temperature. The sausage skewers with potato and mushroom should have also been hot. In spite of a good size crowd some of these dishes stayed full and sat.

Soup of the day was a harvest cream which relied heavily on rutabaga, served piping hot to us by the server. Good though maybe a bit of cinnamon would have pepped it up.

On the cold seafood bar the shrimp and salmon were excellent, the sushi and oysters not worth the stomach room, and we didn't try the caviar. The layout in the kitchen was a bit confusing. I was starting to get full and choosier at this point. The brioche french toast, eggs tonnato, rutabaga with caramelized cashews and bacon wrapped figs were highlights.

For dessert I ended up making a poire belle helene with the poached pears and chocolate from the fountain. Sadly the chorros served with the fountains (both white and milk) were not warm and the pretzel rods were stale. There was a good selection of high quality fruit as well as ice cream, whipped cream and berries if you wanted to be inventive.

Much to my surprise none of the desserts really did much for me though my husband really liked their version of a banana cheesecake which was heavy on banana and light on sugar and cheese.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm glad we went.

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