Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Boulevard 572: Kenilworth, NJ
The sharable dishes came out all at once after just a short wait. Despite what the waiter said, it did
seem to be a bit too much food, but we were up for the challenge. I started with the fruit plate, which had a nice assortment of melon, strawberries, pineapple and bananas. There was also a side of chantilly cream, but I opted not to use it in favor of leaving room for other dishes. Next I moved to the beignets, which were coated in cinnamon and sugar and came with three dipping sauces: chocolate, lemon curd and raspberry. I sampled each of these sauces, but I mostly ate the chocolate. Don't get me wrong, the other two sauces were great, but there's just something about dipping fried dough in chocolate that just seems so right.
Next, I moved to the french toast. My boyfriend really liked the french toast, but I've never really
been a big fan. That being said, it was probably the best french toast I've ever had. The french toast was made from brioche and flavored with tahitian vanilla. It came garnished with oranges, which I would have preferred weren't on there, but it was my boyfriend's favorite part of the meal. I just couldn't handle the sweet and citrus combination on my breakfast foods. Finally, we had the crepes. Now, I had my first crepe last summer while traveling in France and hadn't had one since, so I was a bit afraid of what I'd encounter. I ended up being pleasantly surprised because the crepes were so different than what I'd had in France that it was impossible to even compare the two. The crepes were made with a fresh berry compote and were absolutely fresh and delightful. The waiter had also accidentally selected that we wanted roasted vegetables when entering our order into the POS system, so they brought them out for us in case we decided we wanted them. I sampled a piece and they were well-roasted and salty, but just didn't quite mesh with the sweet dishes we had ordered. Overall, I think the sharable sides were a bit too heavy on the sweet side, so I got a little overwhelmed with all the sugar. I think if there were more savory options on the sharable menu, then I would have been more satisfied. Additionally, the pre fixe option is available
for two or more people, but I would definitely suggest trying it with around 4 people so that there's not SO much food.
phenomenal. It was sort of a deconstructed huevos rancheros compared with how I've normally seen the dish presented. I think that's what really made the difference because you got to control how much of each ingredient goes into one bite. Next time I go, I'm definitely opting for the huevos rancheros instead of the omelet!
All in all, I'd recommend this for a brunch for a special occasion. You definitely need to be committed to eating quite a bit, but the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is great. We spent about 2 hours there in total, which made for a nice relaxing afternoon. There were several other bridal showers and other events going on throughout the restaurant so it's definitely well-suited to accommodate large crowds. There are many other brunch places in the area that are better suited for a regular weekend brunch, but this is the best for a nicer event. Additionally, the dinner menu seems to be a bit out of my price range, so it's nice to be able to dine here for brunch without breaking the bank (Side Note: The A La Carte brunch options averaged around $12 a dish--not a bad deal!) Next time I have a friend's birthday or special occasion coming up, I'll definitely recommend Boulevard 572!