On Sunday, I had the pleasure of joining The Boston Brunchers for a late brunch at The Blue Room in Kendall Square. Normally $27 per person ($13 for kids 12 and younger), this buffet-style brunch, featuring local, quality ingredients, is one that's not to be missed.
Our small group had to wait a few minutes for a table, and while we waited, we sipped on these delightful gin fizz creations. Despite it snowing/raining outside, the cold cocktail was a welcome refresher.
Once we were seated, our waitress explained that we could go up to the buffet anytime. The buffet was set-up along the restaurant's open kitchen, so you could see your food being made right in front of you. The Blue Room's buffet options are also put out in small batches, so your food is fresh, hot, and not chocked full of other patrons' germs (a pet peeve of mine at typical buffets).
The buffet had a wide variety of meat- and veg-friendly options to choose from. I tried a little bit of everything veg-friendly.
My favorites: Patatas Bravas, Spicy Tomato Soup, Marinated Beets, and the white beans (I forget the name of this dish). The beans were full of flavor, and had a luxurious texture to them. Each dish was also extremely well-seasoned - I almost always add black pepper to my restaurant plates, but this plate didn't need any.
My only gripe: The Iggy's roll I tried was really hard to bite into. It was chewier than it should have been, despite it not yet being stale. It was disappointing - I love my carbs, and the roll would have been a nice accompaniment to the rest of the meal.
Next up was dessert, and The Blue Room also has a small, buffet-style table set-up for their sweet offerings.
|Close-up of the Homemade Granola.|
Despite the wide variety of treats to choose from, I sampled only a few, including the Flourless Chocolate Cake, Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Orange Anise Biscotti, and a Meyer Lemon Scone.
I loved the Flourless Chocolate Cake the most. It was incredibly moist, and packed with a rich, delightfully bitter dark chocolate flavor. I also loved how the biscotti only had a hint of the usually intense anise flavor.
Around dessert time, Chef Robert Grant came out and presented the beautiful Black Currant Pain Perdu he made for our table.
I'm not sure if this is currently on their menu - their options change often to utilize the freshest, most seasonal ingredients - but this was a damn good dish. It reminded me of an Entenmann's Danish (which I loved as a kid), but much, much, much better. And not chocked full of preservatives.
Are you a fan of buffet brunches? Where have you had a good (or bad) buffet brunch?
My meal and drink were complimentary, but the opinions expressed in this post are honest and 100 percent my own.