Masa 14‘s all you can eat and drink brunch is one of the best deals in town! For $35, you can order a constant stream of items off the menu (nothing is off limits) and wash them down with your choice of cocktails. There were a few hits and a few misses–but the great thing about Masa 14’s brunch is that you can keep ordering until you find those gems, and don’t need to feel guilty if you don’t clear your plate when you order a dud.
My friend Gabrielle and I spent a leisurely three and a half hours enjoying our food and drinks (and more and more drinks), and never felt pressured to leave. The atmosphere is great–with a DJ spinning during their brunch service–and the friendly staff contributes to a great vibe.
This is definitely a place I’ll be returning to! Since Gabrielle is a pescatarian, next time I’ll drag along a meat-eater so that I don’t have to eat the meat dishes by myself.
Since the brunch is all you can drink, you might as well try a variety of drinks. Masa 14 doesn’t limit you to your typical Bloody Mary and Mimosa like a lot of places–but also offers a Masa Mimosa (with mango and blood orange), Lychee Bellini, Rye Bacon Bloody Mary, and Lemon Lager.
To Eat – The Hits:
- We started with the Wild Mushroom Flatbread with Oaxaca cheese, red peppers, and avocado. The bread was nice and fluffy–and the flavorful toppings combined to make a great start to the meal.
- Next up was the Black Bean Puree with a fried egg and cojita cheese. The dish is served with thick corn tortilla chips–and is basically a glorified (and delicious) black bean dip. The fried egg is a great touch, and was cooked to perfection!
- The Bacon Fried Rice with kimchi, scallion, and a fried egg was probably my favorite dish of the meal. The egg and rice combo was the perfect mix of salty (from the bacon) and sweet (from the egg yolk). Order this if you go to Masa 14!
- The Yuca Fries served with a citrus aioli are a nice replacement to your regular French fry. Eat them quickly, though, because they get hard when they cool off.
- The Anson Mills Grits with chipotle pepper, oaxaca cheese and green onion was delicious! Even Gabrielle, who doesn’t like grits, enjoyed the smoky flavors and smooth cheesiness in this dish.
- Our last pre-dessert dish was another crowd favorite. The Crunchy Shrimp served with chipotle aioli, sesame, scallion and masago were delightfully crispy and tasty.
To Eat – The Misses
- We kept seeing servers walk by with the Crab Wontons, and they looked so good that we knew we had to order them. Unfortunately, these wontons, with crab, cream cheese, corn, mushroom, shiso, truffle, and spicy ponzu did not live up to our expectations. They were completely overpowered by the cream cheese–and you could barely taste the crab.
- The Pan Dulce with ancho whipped cream and roasted pineapple syrup was decent, but a bit too sweet. Maybe we would have enjoyed this more if we weren’t already way too full from our previous eight dishes.
To Eat – The Rest
Our two other dishes were both good, but nothing to write home about:
- Petite Mushroom Escabeche Omelet with arugula, roasted peppers, avocado and tomato jam;
- Wok Seared Cauliflower
I already have an idea of what else I need to try next time I go back:
- Masa Breakfast Pizza with house bacon, egg yolks, gruyere cheese, pico de gallo and arugula;
- Chilaquiles (salsa or mole with fried corn tortillas) with chorizo, queso cotija, soft scrambled eggs and salsa verde;
- Pho Beef Sandwich served with siracha-hoisin aioli, Thai basil, bean sprouts and pickled onion;
- and Barbecued Salmon with achiote ponzu, spinach and bacon.
If anyone wants to join me on the next trip, let me know!