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Brunch at Umami in Brookline

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A.A. Apr 25, 2011 07:50 AM

Just a heads-up to all that Umami now offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Having enjoyed ourselves with a couple of great meals at Umami for dinner, my wife and I decided to check it out this past Saturday and are happy to report that Umami does brunch very well.

It was a bit early for a cocktail, but I was tempted by what appeared to be an all-new menu of brunch cocktails. We're huge fans of both the peerless hospitality and the inventive cocktails of Noon Inthasauwan--- she's what makes this very good restaurant truly special. So, when a Fernet and ginger beer cocktail caught my eye, I had to try it. I'm a fan of both ingredients, but have never mixed the two; it turns out they're a perfect pair. Spicy, good bitter/sweet balance, refreshing rather than bracing. It put me in mind of enjoying warmer weather on our back porch. My wife is less a fan than I of either fernet or ginger beer, but she tasted it, pronounced it yummy, and commented that it'd make a pleasant hangover treatment. I look forward to returning for brunch this summer to try this cocktail in hot weather--- though I expect I'll be back before then to try the others. :)

While I was sipping a cocktail that evoked a lazy summer afternoon, my wife ordered a dish perfectly suited to the grimly raw, wet weather of the present day: an Asia-style noodle soup with fresh veggies and a poached egg. I was eyeing an au gratin casserole with shiitakes, but was regretfully informed that it had been 86'd because the chef wasn't satisfied with how it had turned out that morning. No matter-- I went with the Angus burger, topped with shiitakes and an over-easy egg. Perfectly cooked to medium and incredibly tasty, if slightly messy to eat. One of the better burgers I've had while eating out in quite some time.

It's very nice to have a new brunch option in Washington Square--- particularly one so tasty and is also open on both Saturday and Sunday. We're definitely headed back.

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    cmd Apr 25, 2011 03:52 PM

    I didn't realize Noon had left Khao Sarn (guess it has been awhile since I've been). That's a good reason for me to get up there and try Umami.

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    Khao Sarn
    250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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    1. re: cmd
      galleygirl Apr 25, 2011 06:45 PM

      I believe Noon is a partner in Umami.....

      1. re: cmd
        MC Slim JB Apr 25, 2011 06:50 PM

        I think she has a lot more free rein to be ambitious there.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Torolover Apr 26, 2011 10:52 AM

          The weird thing is on OM's website Noon works there too. What is going on?!

          1. re: Torolover
            MC Slim JB Apr 26, 2011 12:57 PM

            I know she was working at Om in between the time that she left Khao Sarn but before Umami opened. Don't know if she's still connected with Om or not.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            Khao Sarn
            250 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            1. re: MC Slim JB
              Trumpetguy Jan 7, 2012 01:04 PM

              Went last night for the 1st time & sat at the bar with a friend. Loved it! I loved the creative complex drinks --Bourbon w/cranberry chutney among others cocktails using tequila or mezcal... Had a rum one too, but each one I tasted was delicious, but now hard to remember somehow :)

              Just had a little food but enjoyed that as well--a mushroom small plate w/quail egg & a shrimp w/ peppers & onions.

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