Sunday Brunch at Palace Cafe...
Happy to report a wonderful Jazz Brunch I enjoyed with a few friends before the Saints game this past Sunday at Palace Cafe on Canal. There is something about the style/architecture of the place that I really enjoy. Can't quite put my finger on what it is though.
First of all, we were in a bit of a rush to make it to the game on time, and the staff was quite accomodating of our request to speed things up as much as possible. To move on to the good stuff, let me just say the service was outstanding and really couldn't have been better. Enjoyed the music as well.
I must admit, food wise, things got off to a bad start. We all ordered turtle soup, and that was really a downer. Would NOT recommend the Turtle Soup here. Forgive me for not finding better words to describe it, but it was just too thick and more importantly, really lacked that unmistakable flavor that I love. Really poor in my opinion. Maybe just an off day for it, I don't know.
Now that I got that out the way, the food improved dramatically from here on out...
We shared a crabmeat cheesecake appetizer that was covered in some kind of dark sauce that I would butcher trying to describe. It was a HIT. Just excellent. We soaked up the sauce with some fresh french bread after devouring the "cheesecake."
We all ordered different entrees. These included the catfish pecan meuniere, crabmeat quiche, lyonnaise gulf drum, and, most importantly, the eggs benedict. The previous 3 were all very good. The eggs benedict was simply outstanding. It consisted of "pork debris" set on buttermilk-cheddar cheese biscuits topped with 2 poached eggs and a tasso hollandaise sauce. My GOD. Sure, it was not for the faint of heart, and I made sure to pop a pepsid afterwards, but I'm telling you, it was so good.
Anyway, we hopped on over to the Dome to watch the Saints ruin the remainder of our Sunday, but I definitely would recommend Palace Cafe as a great Sunday brunch destination.
That sauce over the cheesecake is a mushroomy meuniere sauce....easy to make and delicious on many other things; do a google search for Palace Cafe crabmeat cheesecake and you'll see how easy it is to make.
I've never done their brunch, but have had a few events there, usually nephew's or neice's graduation dinners. The turtle soup that I have had (usually ordered by me, or my wife) have all been very good. Now, I'm going back a bit, but with a squeeze of lemon and the Sherry, it was always flavorful and tangy. Too bad that your's was a letdown.
Never had the crab cheesecake, but it sounds great, as does the eggs Benedict.
Sorry that the Saints did not prop up your day. Though we've been gone for decades, we still follow them as closely as we can in Phoenix. Here, they refuse to show my Broncos, but the Saints do get fair coverage - good and bad. Go Saints!