Fabulous Brunch at The Lodge in East Hampton
Been there a few times for lunch. Always good. Brunch FANtastic!
Just $25 includes unlimited Bloody Mary's or Mimosas. We opted for the Mimosas and they were pleasantly delicious - appeared to be and tasted like fresh squeezed and they didn't use plain jane champagne.
-fresh and tender mini bagles with sides of butter, cream cheese, and Bon Maman mini jars of preserves.
-large cuts of assorted bagels topped with cream cheese, dill, capers and some seriously delicious (mild, sweet and very flavorful) smoked salmon.
-fresh baked assorted muffins
-hot, tender and yummy Eggs Benedict (the english muffins were toasted but soft but there isn't a way around this for buffet eggs benny)
-lean but juicy and flavorful sausage
-some of the most delicious, delicately smoky, just salty enough and CRISP bacon I've had in a while
-pancakes and french toast which we didn't try but they were looking very yummy and saw a LOT of them go by on other plates.
-tender in the middle, crunchy on the outside roasted potatoes a la home fries with onions and red peppers.
-a hot pasta salad that we didn't try
-two more hot dishes we can't recall but saw disappearing.
-an omelet station where you could choose from cheddar, swiss, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, steamed baby asparagus, red sweet peppers, spinach and tomatoesas fillings. My omelet, which I asked to made on the small side, was tender, cooked just right and the fillings (I had mushrooms, cheese and asparagus) were all cooked to perfection and were delicious,
-cold pasta salad with baby green beans, very fresh and sweet tomatoes, parmesan shreds, olives, red onion with just a touch of a light and not at all oily dressing - very yummy!
-freshly made (in front of you) Belgian waffles with sliced fruit and whipped cream if so desired.
-bowls of berries; blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, fresh and NOT in sugar - YAY! I sampled the raspberries and they tasted as if they had been picked that morning. There were a couple of semi-golden raspberries in there and they brought me back to my grandmother's berry patch.
-a large bowl of tender, sweet and NOT sweetened cut up melons and grapes. Very fresh tasting and refreshing.
-strawberry "shortcake" wich was small circles of what I would swear was Gram's hot milk sponge cake lightly layered with a delicate pastry cream and sliced strawberries with just enough sugar to get the to juice. I could have eaten about ten of these was I not so full!
Too many restaurants slap together Sunday brunches, using leftovers from the week or the special sale items from their wholesalers. The Lodge CLEARLY treats Sunday brunch as a "real" meal and goes the extra mile to make their offerings on par with their other services. As a formed restaurant owner, I am always impressed by freshness and the predominant use of good high quality and in season ingredients. Here in the Hamptons it is not uncommon to findplaces offering premium goods offered at premum pricing just because they can. Clearly The Lodge is more interested in serving good food than taking advantage of the season and its visitors.
Now if they woud just come to Boston!