The Epicurean has stolen my heart. Albany John and I went there for brunch one recent Sunday with two of our friends.They were our officiant-wife team, and they are also excellent dining partners. We like going out to eat with them because they’ll try just about anything, and aren’t afraid of spices and heat.
I originally booked the weekend before we went, but due to scheduling conflicts between our wee group, we had to change for the week after. When we walked in they weren’t busy and had mis-booked us for the week after, but it was no problem since they weren’t busy. Phew! I think they’re probably going to remember me as “The Lady Who Can’t Stick With Her Original Reservation” there. Hee hee. But I looked back in my calendar to make sure I had things right, and I did, so I suppose it must have been just an extra page flip or click or whatever in the booking thingy. Or lord knows what comes out of my mouth versus what I was thinking. Right. Ok, sorry! Babbling. They handled everything super-well and apologized for the mix up.
We looked at the place while they set up our seats and perused the goods on their walls. They had lots of little neat things – tins of this and that. I’d buy them more for lavish gifts since I’m not sure I should get used to an $8.00 tin of coconut sugar. But is sure sounded good!
We were seated and presented with the brunch menus as well as breakfast menu. We all chose the 4-course brunch ($25 each). Mimosas are included and came out – yum! They were chock full of pulpy goodness.
I opted for a photo-less meal. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy your company, which I certainly did.
Here’s the 4 courses I ordered and brief descriptions:
Charcuterie plate – two slices of prosciutto, 1.5”x2.5-3” slice of brie, small wedge of veiny bleu cheese, baguette. This was so tasty. I barely touched the bleu cheese. It was a lot for me. I got about 1/3rd of the way through the brie slice. There was also a little pile of lightly dressed greens, which helped cut the heaviness of the meat and cheeses. The prosciutto was nice, but hard to bite against the grain. It tasted almost floral, not salty or pungent.
Albany John – basket of carbs – he loved this so much. It came with butter and jam and a variety of carby goodness. He grudgingly gave me the corner piece of one scone, which was flaky and delicious. This was so big; it could easily have been for two people.
Salad with 12-year aged balsamic vinaigrette – it was ok, but tasted exactly like the greens on the charcuterie plate. I probably wouldn’t get this again. I didn’t taste any balsamic, but the greens were fresh.
Everyone else got soup – A potato leek that day, I think. It was peppery with a bit of a kick to it, and pureed.
Eggs Arctic – Smoked salmon topped-poached eggs over toast with mustard hollandaise sauce. Oh, baby, was this ever good. It’s also on their normal menu. The eggs were perfectly poached – not the slightest bit of cooked yolk. There was probably a 6”x7” blanked of smoked salmon atop them, completely covering the eggs and most of the toast (just the tips poked out). Talk about a ton of salmon! The hollandaise had lots of mustard in it, which I really enjoyed.
Albany John got something similar with prosciutto on top instead of smoked salmon. He thought they were maybe a bit too generous with the prosciutto, as it overwhelmed his eggs just a tad. He also thought it was tough and hard to bite into, he kind of had to go with what ripped off.
Dessert – Key lime pie. About a half-inch of key lime custard/filling and the remaining 1.5-2 inches were fresh whipped cream. Oh, heavenly. I could only eat half of it. Crust was a bit soggy, but well flavored.
One of our friends got the last crème brulee, which originally most of us ordered. It was near-burnt on the top, and generously sized, too. It came with fresh fruit in it (blueberries). Holy cow, that was also really good!
Dessert was also supposed to come with coffee or tea, which we didn’t get/weren’t asked about.
I think next time I will have to go here on a Saturday to try regular food. It also seemed like on Sunday they were open for brunch, or lunch/breakfast – no reservations needed. I’ll have to – for the pictures.
Everything we had was so good, and the pacing was phenomenal. We were probably there for about 2 hours and if it had been a shorter time, we might have popped. Instead, we left very full, but also very content.