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Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 02:02 PM

I've been won over by their website, but I have never been there. Thinking about going with a group of 8-10 for Mother's Day brunch. Any suggestions/opinions/advice?

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  1. Small Plates RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 02:35 PM

    I am a HUGE Blue Room fan; my husband and I go there 3-4X / month, and the food is always very good - satisying, excellent depth of flavor, simple presentations where you taste every ingredient. Grilled meats and fish - cooked well; and everything is fresh!

    I have not been for brunch - so I am not really on topic to your question, but I can vouch for the overall quality of Blue Room. It is one of my favorite restaurants and I would say my "Go To" restaurant of choice for most occasions.

    Others on this site have lauded the brunch; and based on that, I am eager to try it myself. We were in this past week and were noticing the "Best Brunch Award" plaques on the wall outside in the hallway. I am sure others who *have* been to brunch will chime in on this - but I say Blue Room is a very high quality place - and you are bound to be happy there for brunch!!

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      trayclyte RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 02:37 PM

      Brunch at the Blue Room is buffet style with a great selection of salads, grilled meats, eggs, bacon, waffles as well as a desert table. Never had a good Bloody Mary there, but they have other brunch cocktails that are very tasty. Mother's Day Brunch there is extremely popular so it can be a bit hectic and the lines for the food can be a bit long.

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        Chris VR RE: trayclyte Apr 8, 2008 11:22 AM

        Agree on the Bloody Mary- I like mine with kick and these were undrinkable for two of us- the other two were Ok with it. What other brunch cocktails would you recommend?

        We were there for Easter brunch and were very pleased. I didn't feel the lines were awful- maybe a bit long at one point but through the seating there was enough ebb and flow that we wouldn't have had to wait on line if we hadn't wanted too. None of the aforementioned waffles but there were pancakes and eggs, which was pretty much it for breakfast foods. The rest was all savory stuff, which was fine by me- the brisket was especially heavenly (and we all appreciated the irony of the braised rabbit on easter which was VERY good!) And the dessert table had some absolutely lovely cookies- both chocolate chip and some coconut macarons (not macaroons) that were light and airy... even the non-coconut lovers were looking for seconds. Wonderful staff as well.

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        treb RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 03:20 PM

        Excellent brunch, most entree's are very creative and flavorful, Once I didn't even make desserts because everything else was so good. Definately make a reservation and fast the day before..

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          kt1969 RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 06:00 PM

          The brunch is very good, as pp have said. Just a warning...when I went they had more lunch-y, entree-type dishes than breakfasty things. That was fine with me, but if you're expecting a lot of eggy, waffly type things, you might be disappointed.

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            heypielady RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 06:17 PM

            For a long time this was our go-to spot for birthdays. I've always been happy with it and as previous CHers have said it is lunch heavy but there is still platefuls of bacon, grits, and eggs to be had at the end of the buffet. Even though its a buffet everything is cooked fresh and they are constantly replenishing the dishes. No huge silver trays of tepid bland food here.
            I remember one of my friends walking back to the table with me with his plate of food saying "I've got six kinds of meat on my plate, so I'm all set."

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              autopi RE: Jet62879 Apr 6, 2008 07:40 PM

              i thought the brunch was a bit overwhelming. it was loud, really crowded, and lines to get at any of the chow. there were a ton of options, and a lot of them were good, but by the time you've even sampled all the various things that look good, you're totally stuffed. we had some of the same dishes (the roast chicken, one of the desserts) at rendezvous for dinner, and thought the execution was better in that setting.

              i guess if it was a more leisurely, bring your newspaper and a coffee and relax for awhile type thing, i'd be more into it. but i found it just too hectic to enjoy.

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                bgavin RE: autopi Apr 8, 2008 11:15 AM

                The Blue Room is inherently noisy. We were there for Restaurant Week - after not having eaten there in five years - and were really put off.

                BUT - might be less of an issue when you go with a large group? Also, expectations are different at brunch than at dinner.

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                  Taralli RE: bgavin Apr 8, 2008 11:47 AM

                  We were there for RW with a group of 6 and, altho it was full, we didn't find it unduly noise - we were easily able to carry on conversations. Maybe it was where you were seated.

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                nasilemak RE: Jet62879 Apr 8, 2008 11:34 AM

                Since i am not fond of a typical brunch, i have to say that this is the only place that i am psyched to have a brunch since the offerings are much more eclectic and interesting and also the room always buzzes with good energy.I don't think the space is too loud at all. Add to that, the cost is quite reasonable.

                1. Karl S RE: Jet62879 Apr 8, 2008 03:40 PM

                  I love their brunch but would avoid any madhouse holiday brunch there (and at any other number of other places) - large parties, long lines, et cet., make for less than thrilling dining even at the best of places. The Blue Room.

                  Many restaurants in Boston/Cambrige/Brookline are poorly equipped to deal with many large parties in brunch lines. It has to do with the fact that the spaces are small and filled with tables - and on days like this, with many tables strung together. If you like that sort of thing, go right ahead. The food quality is lovely.

                  For me, I'd prefer to go out to some place that was roomy and not associated with a Mother's Day destination for dining. Can't think of anything offhand.

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                    Chris VR RE: Karl S Apr 8, 2008 05:54 PM

                    Again, Easter brunch was nowhere near a madhouse. Since we were one of the large parties, perhaps we bothered others but we had no problems :-)

                    Yes, it was busy- It probably took about 7 minutes from the time I got on the line to get to the end of it, but I also observed times where there was no line at all. And the dessert table almost never had any line.

                    I'd have been ticked off if I was seated at one of the tables near the buffet though- lots of traffic and noise there.

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