Irish brunch at Brocach
With the sun shining and feeling groggy from staying out too late, I knew the only way to revive was brunch on a patio. Although Brocach was my second choice for Sunday brunch, I know from now on it will be my first.
I stopped by Trocadero and the expansive, European-looking patio was overflowing with sunglass-clad Eastsiders; probably also seeking a cure from the weekend. After learning it was a 45-minute wait although there were plenty of tables open, we decided the service nor the food was really worth the wait. It was just that patio that we were after, so we continued walking up the road.
We stopped in at Brocach and the place looked empty, then we realized that their rooftop patio was probably full; and indeed it was. Greeted by a friendly waitress and some delicious warm Irish soda bread, we knew that our quest for sun and nourishment would not go unfulfilled.
While my two companions had the Ploughman's (two eggs any way, roasted potatoes, your choice of meat, roasted tomato and toast), I opted for the less traditional shirred eggs. This delicious creation consisted of two eggs encrusted in Parmesan cheese and baked on top of a mixture of potatoes, mushroom, asparagus and peppers. If I hadn't filled up on soda bread, I would have been licking the bottom of the dish - it was that good.
They serve other traditional favorites such as steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, Irish oatmeal and corn-beef hash. The large menu also offers smoked salmon and vegetable frittatas, and the more decadent Challah french toast, served a la mode with bananas foster.
I have also been pleasantly surprised at the quality of their food for both dinner and lunch. Not to play up old stereotypes, but it turns out the Irish don't just know how to drink, they serve up a great meal too.
Monday nights starting in June, Brocach will also be featuring movies on the rooftop patio at 9:00 p.m.