Easter Brunch: Savor in Springtime
By Kelly Grace Thomas
While Easter can have many different meanings for many different people, for Edible Skinny it has always comes down to two things: pretty dresses and fabulous brunches!
Each year we lick our lips in anticipation as we look for the perfect restaurant, that offers the perfect menu, for the perfect brunch. We seek out the perfect sundress, to wear on the perfect patio to enjoy in the perfect springtime weather. To us Easter is perfect; it is about relaxation, it is about luxury. It is a time to acknowledge a change of the seasons and a lightening of the load of life. Easter is the perfect time to foster your inner foodie, sit back and enjoy; and what better place to do exactly that than the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This Easter Sofitel’s restaurant, Esterel, will be serving a mouthwatering prix fixe brunch, offering a blend of traditional and creative choices accompanied by a soft jazz music, to set the perfect scene.
Esterel's popular Easter Jazz Brunch prix fixe menu offers more than just a brunch, it is a dining experience. Patrons will be greeted by the music of the Miles Davis Jazz Quartet, as they sip bottomless mimosa, and sink into the exhale of relaxation. Because one thing is sure, Esterel knows how to pamper its patrons. But not everything at brunch will be as breezy; this Easter Brunch will require some difficult, but delicious decisions. Each of Esterel’s four menu options are equally scrumptious, elegantly delectable and health and flavor-focused. All of the dishes are created with organic ingredients, cage-free eggs and consciously raised meats. Diners will begin their brunch with an Amuse Bouche to open up the palate; this course offers a traditional Deviled Egg served with local caviar. Next appetizers will range from an offering of Wheat Berry Salad, with pickled strawberries and pistachio; Wild Caught Salmon and Crips served with goat cheese and tomato jam or Spring Vegetable Succotash with Anson Mills grits and Point Reyes Toma. And that’s just the beginning.
Esterel’s main courses are an exploration of culinary creativity and complexity. These dishes offer a rare, rich and robust statement that showcases the talent of Esterel’s new Executive Chef, Victor Boroda. For their main course, diners will need to choose between the following: Grass Fed Short Rib and Hash, made with Weiser Farm potatoes and fried eggs; Maine Lobster Benedict which includes Maine Lobster, sautéed spinach, béarnaise, and poached eggs; Mushroom Benedict served with braised market greens, Weiser Farms Hash, mornay and poached eggs; Grass Fed Steak and Eggs made with grass fed New York steak, truffled potato puree, fried farm egg and bordelaise. And for those tables who love savory, but also want to tickle their sweet tooth, patrons can add on an order of fluffy Buttermilk Spelt Pancakes, served with Harry’s Berries, honeycomb whipped butter, pecans vadouvan and maple syrup. And no ending is complete without a little something sweet, as a finishing note Esterel will offer selections from their table pastry cart. Esterel’s brunch is priced at $75, tax and tip not included. See menu attached. For reservations call (310) 358-3979 or visit http://www.esterelrestaurant.com/.
While Esterel and their delightful dishes is Edible Skinny’s local Los Angeles pick for Easter Brunch, we know many of our readers are jet setting during this very popular travel time. For those visiting the East Coast, Edible Skinny also recommends the Mandarin Boston and Atlanta. In Boston, Bar Boulud the hotel’s French style Bistro will offer some of Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chamber’s best. Their three-course prix-fixe will feature Soupe de Carottes, Dégustation de Charcuterie chef’s selection of pâtés and terrines, and Pain Perdu brioche French toast served, Coconut Torte served with toasted coconut, ricotta mousse and a pineapple sorbet. Easter Brunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $55 for adults and $25 for children. For Reservations call Bar Boulud at (617) 535 8800 or visit www.barboulud.com/boston.
For those in the Atlanta area, be sure to visit the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta’s grand Easter celebration, which will include a decadent offering as well as outdoor activities and family fun. This years menu incudes locally grown selected Georgia products such as Berkshire Pork with garlic stud, Muddy Pond sorghum bourbon glaze and Sautéed North Georgia Mountain Blue Trout with handpicked green beans, slivered almonds and herb brown butter, as well as freshly baked cinnamon rolls, banana bread and croissants. Sounds like some divine Southern Cooking.
And for those little ones, in Atlanta, the hotel will be hosting a petting zoo, which will feature some hoppy and hairy friends, an Easter Bunny appearance and an elaborate egg hunt through the hotel’s beautiful gardens. This celebration also includes some grand prizes for adults to enjoy. Winners could receive a one night’s stay at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta with dinner for two, a luxurious spa treatment, and Sunday Brunch in the Café & Bar. Easter Brunch is from 11:30am to 3:00pm. The cost is $80 per person including one Mimosa and $40 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 years old are complimentary. For reservations, call (404) 995 7545 or email http://www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta.
Edible Skinny is wishing all our readers a safe and savory holiday, with delectable dining and elegant options. As always, hope life is delicious.