Before heading to the Museum of the Moving Image for a screening of North by Northwest and the Mad Men exhibit, Walter and I, along with our good friend, Marcos enjoyed a two hour meal in this beautiful and iconic lobby-side restaurant.
The brunch service here is, as expected: decadent, and expensive, so I was happy to find a great voucher deal on Gilt City.
Our voucher included a bottle of house Prosecco, a bakery basket to share, and one entrée per person.
After pouring our flutes full of bubbly, we were presented with the bakery basket: a chocolate croissant bread pudding, traditional apple strudel, and a savory cheese scone.
The bread pudding was served in an adorable mini cocotte (French oven), and was disappointingly cold, but still enjoyable. The same could be said for the strudel (chilly, yet tasty), but the scone was a clear winner in taste, texture, and temperature.
My entree choice was an easy one – the lobster hash. This dish is served with giant chunks of tender lobster with a perfect, runny poached egg and hash brown potatoes covered in Choron sauce, and was my delicious.
My only complaint is there a few tough, chewy pieces of lobster (my guess is the tail pieces) juxtaposed with the more buttery, melt in your mouth claw pieces. Whether that is a cooking or quality issue, I’m not entirely sure, but it is something to be aware of, especially given the price of dish ($42).
My gentlemen diners chose the fried chicken and waffles, and smoked salmon eggs Benedict, and had clear plates and complaints to note.
After a bit of snafu with Prosecco spillage (and a prompt refill), I finished the meal with an amazing beach plum gin cocktail…
And a sweet birthday surprise of chocolate covered strawberries, a coffee mousse tart with an adorable coffee gelée with gold leaf garnish, and a song from our server 🙂
The takeaway: Overall I, along with Walter and Marcos had a nice time dining at The Garden.
The dotting of live African acacia trees and flower arrangements throughout the restaurant, and gentle lighting make for a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere.
The wait staff was very friendly, but could have been more attentive (especially after spilling Prosecco on my dress).
Overall, we enjoyed the food (but please serve the bakery basket warm!). The portion size was generous, but not overdone, and I appreciate the focus on organic and locally sourced items.
Like many brunch menus, the selection cannot be called adventurous, but I was pleasantly surprised by the creative cocktail list.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion, want to impress a business associate/client, or just want some peace and quiet during brunch, The Garden is a solid choice.