Brunch this weekend was a huge success.
As I mentioned in my last (hastily written) apology post, I had some college friends in town this weekend, and we certainly lived it up! I ditched my apartment for a swanky room at the Palomar (complete with animal print robes and throw blankets) and made reservations for the new hangover brunch at POV (at the W Hotel).
We were not disappointed.
For $50 per person (including tax and tip), we got the full brunch experience complete with a DJ, two saxophonists, a cold buffet, a hot entree, and unlimited bellinis or hair of the claws (POV’s take on a Bloody Mary that has a crab claw on the edge of the glass). We spent three hours gorging ourselves with more food and drink than anyone needs–and enjoyed every minute of it.
As far as the food went, we were all very pleased–especially with the cold buffet: oysters, shrimp, crab claws, sushi, salami, prosciutto, goat cheese, blue cheese, brie cheese, tomatoes & mozarella, cous cous salad, tabulleh, hummus, pita chips, caesar salad, granola, yogurt, watermelon, mixed berries, pineapple, bagels, lax…
I could have lived on the sushi, crab, and oysters alone.
Normally, I’m a HUGE dessert person, but I wasn’t blown away by the dessert bar that was part of the cold buffet. Maybe it was just that I was already full by the time we got around to dessert, but nothing was particularly impressive.
In addition to the cold buffet, every diner gets a selection from the hot entree menu. Between the five of us, we went with the eggs benedict (me, of course); the buckwheat crepe with spinach, gruyere, and herbs topped with a fried egg; and the waffle with cinnamon apples and chantilly cream–all of which were big hits.
While the velvet ropes and managers with earpieces were a bit much, we loved the music, the food, the view, and the general decor/ambience. Our biggest complaint was that our waitress brought our check well before we were ready to leave, but we waited until we were ready to go and then got around to it. There’s no use rushing five brunching girls because it’s not going to work…
The $50 price tag is a bit high for a normal meal, but it’s worth the experience.