Bush-tei in Japantown
Brunch at Bush-tei is served from 11-2 on Sunday. Top and bottom of menu have five items and you pick one item from each. Between the two of us we had: haricot verts salad with Serrano ham, crab cakes with poached eggs, frittata with boar sausage, and brioche with berries. Table is also served a plate of tiny pastries such as cinnamon rolls and croissants. Cost is a flat fee of $25. I also ordered a mimosa and the total cost with tip was $70. All the food was good to excellent and we did not leave hungry. Important things to know: 1) I’m not a lover of crowds, but we were the only people in the restaurant. 2) Definitely more lunch than breakfast. Other menu choices were: Atlantic Char, green salad, and soup of the day. If you are looking for bacon and eggs this is not the place for you. 3) Already noted here, but $70 for two for brunch???? I haven’t had dinner here, but I would have preferred to spend this money exploring the evening menu. However, if I had money to burn and I was in the neighborhood, I wouldn’t hesitate to eat here again.
I'm also a big fan -- there is a nice amuse and with two starters (kobe beef and foie gras) and two entrees (the duck breast and the quail starter as an entree), we had no room for dessert. I highly recommend the quail and the foie gras. What was slightly bizarre was that the menu has not seemed to change; foie gras with a pumpkin puree in the SUMMER? Must be canned pumpkin, but it still tasted good. Out of the four dishes we had, the duck was the least impressive but only because the others were so stunning.
Also, I noticed there was a change-of-ownership sign (ABC) posted in the window. Now I know that a lot of times this could simply be a re-structuring of the corporate entity without any noticeable change in management or kitchen, but I will certainly keep an eye out on that.
Lastly, it is Bushi-Tei, not Bush-Tei.