Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rover's Brunch - a Refined affair

This Sunday we decided to avoid the crowds and celebrate Mothers Day and my Birthday with the new grand baby, Lyla and her parents. Amy and Jeff treated us to the new Brunch offering at Rover's - definitely one of the best restaurants in Seattle. The brunch lived up to pretty much everything I expect from Rover's. It was elegant, refined, incredible service, outstanding food, and you pay for what you get. Our party was comprised of the new Mother, Amy, Jeff, Cindy, myself and Lyla. rover's has no highchairs so Lyla sat in an elegant Rover's chair, in her home booster seat, pushed up to the elegant white table clothed table. She was an angel, of course, and a good time was had by all.

We all started with Rover's house squeezed orange juice - in true Rover's tradition - it was pulp free and exquisite. We accompanied this with a couple of orders of Beignets with Preserved Apricot Coulis and Vanilla Cream and Coffee Cake with Candied Pecans and Honey Butter. Light, fluffy, yummy!

We then moved on to the main event:
I enjoyed Poached Eggs (not as runny as I would have preferred but beautiful and big)
served on toasted baguette with fingerling potato rissolé (cubed potato over caramelized onions) with meltingly delicious Braised Pork Belly, Sauteed Spinach and Harissa Hollandaise . A real winner.

Cindy ordered the
Orange Brioche French Toast with Vermont Maple Syrup which had a great orange taste and the maple syrup was wonderful.

Jeff had the omelet, a Smoked Pork Loin, Caramelized Sweet Onion and Gruyere. We all wondered how they would include pork loin in an omelet but it was such a small element of the dish it was heard to tell. Other than that is was beautiful. A proper French approach to the dish and according to Jeff all around great.

Amy had Poached Eggs with Sautéed Mushrooms with Caramelized Onion and Herbed Hollandaise. she loved it.

We also ordered sides of house cured Bacon and house made duck and pork sausage. Both outstanding. I think the bacon was actually sous vide braised and then browned it was so melt in the mouth.

Lyla greatly enjoyed individual dry Cheerios doled out slowly by her mother to keep he amused. She pronounced them very enjoyable.

Overall a very high end experience - Spring Hill's Brunch food is as good or better but the refined atmosphere of Rover's cannot be beat.

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