Since moving to the Indianapolis area almost two years ago, my family and I have done our best not to eat at any of the area’s nicer restaurants twice until we’ve tried them all (or made a serious attempt). For Father’s Day today, my wife let me pick where I wanted to go. I chose the Sunday Brunch at Tavern at the Temple (Buggs Temple).
We were seated on the outdoor balcony overlooking the canal on this hot, sunny afternoon. The setting couldn’t have been more pleasant – a nice view of downtown straight up the canal. The waitstaff was initially very attentive, taking our drink orders and directing us to the buffet inside.
The buffet was a nice blend of breakfast and dinner items. On the breakfast end, there were bagels and muffins, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. Also included were some tasty “Benedicts” with spinach, and very good French toast made with multi-grain bread. There was also a made-to-order omelet bar which I didn’t want to wait for, but the fillings looked fresh and good.
On the more lunch/dinner end of things, they were serving grilled asparagus with a smoky cheese sauce, roasted chicken on polenta, sliced smoked turkey breast with what I can only describe as “red-eye” gravy (but good), and an interesting pairing of whitefish (or cod?) baked with ham hocks and green beans. They also had a fresh cold seafood section with huge boiled shrimp in the shell, oysters and mussels.
The dessert section was rather disappointing with just a few items: a chocolate flourless torte, some apple and apricot pastries, and mini carrot cake muffins.
From a service standpoint, I was very unsatisfied as the meal progressed. They were very slow to clear dirty plates, and it was almost an hour after we received our first beverages and water before we were offered more. Actually, we were never offered more; we had to ask the person clearing our stack of dirty plates we had pushed to the corner of the table.
Overall, for $25/person ($12.95 for kids 2-12), it was a mostly enjoyable brunch, but we’ll keep trying other places before we rush back.