Tribute, a wonderful gourmet restaurant, has started offering a lovely brunch on Sundays. My friend Jenni and I had been here for lunch last Christmas and had so enjoyed the meal. When she heard about their new brunch, she knew this would be a perfect treat to celebrate my upcoming birthday.
I love having tea served on a silver tray, with a cute lemon squeezer, a strainer for the loose tea, and honey in a little jar. A nice way to start while preparing for our 3 course meal.
Here is the menu - it was really hard to decide on a main course!
First course was a lovely buffet - homemade pastries and breads, fruit, salads, cheeses, olives, smoked salmon, vegetables - it was a wonderful spread and my pictures don't do it justice. I could have easily made an entire meal out of it!
My friend's main course - a Duo of Eggs Benedict. One was a crab cake and one was a southwestern smoked chicken, both very good!
I had the Mediterranean Sweet and Sour Chicken. Isn't it pretty? The asparagus was cooked perfectly, the apricot sauce was delicious, and it was topped by crunchy toasted pine nuts. But I was amazed by the couscous - pistachio scented. It had a very unique taste with just a sweet slight flavor of pistachio. Hmmmm, I wonder how they did that???? Sounds like something to research!
Finally, a tray of four desserts from which to pick. Decisions, decisions, decisions....
Jenni went for this chocolate tower with a flourless cake topped nuts and chocolate sorbet.
I went for the black pepper cheesecake on roasted pineapple with mango sorbet and crunchy cookies on top and a trio of sauces including a basil cream. Now, I missed the "black pepper" part when our server was describing the desserts, but actually I couldn't taste the pepper. Every bite of this was wonderful!
This was a wonderful meal and each course looked like a work of art. This is a wonderful brunch for a very special occasion!