The search for the perfect Sunday brunch is never-ending. Brunch requires a harmonious blend of eggs, pancakes, fruit and lunch dishes, served alongside mimosas or Bloody Marys. It demands equal parts breakfast and lunch, paired with sides of bacon, sausage, vegetables and starches — a combination of what you’d see on the breakfast and dinner menus at the restaurant.
Some brunches add fun themes, such as the chocolate bar at The Langham, Boston or the pajama brunch at Tremont 647, while others infuse brunch settings with live jazz music and low lighting. Mooo at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star XV Beacon in Boston does it all.
The new brunch menu at the Beacon Hill restaurant was rolled out in mid-March. The purpose, according to general manager Alexa Demarco, was to spice things up a bit and give diners something a little entertaining to look forward to on a Sunday morning. Mooo delivered, and then some.
First things first: the perks. Brunch at Mooo includes free valet parking and live entertainment, courtesy of Marcella Camargo Silva, a former Berklee College of Music student.
There’s a lot to digest on this menu, so plan for a leisurely meal. The brunch offerings include restaurant favorites such as Kobe beef sliders, oysters on the half shell, and steak frites. Of course, this being a Boston steakhouse, there is an entire “steak and eggs” section, where you can choose your cut and the way your eggs are prepared. New to the menu are the blueberry beignets and the prime beef hash (Mooo’s version of the traditional corned beef hash, using the kitchen’s own prime rib). For the sweet tooth, you’ll find chocolate chip pancakes, French toast and Belgian waffles. Plus, it will be hard not to devour the cinnamon rolls that come hot to the table before your meal. My advice? Have a bite to sate your craving and then take what you don’t finish home.
Lest you think Mooo only focuses on the eats, you’d be wrong. After all, what’s brunch without brunch cocktails? The novel Bloody Mary menu has a “create your own” concept, offering various spices and accompaniments such as bacon, shrimp, peppers and pickles. For dessert, Scotch flights are offered alongside baked Alaska, sundae parfaits, and warm chocolate cake.
For those who want to hang out for the entertainment, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the smooth sounds of Camargo Silva from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., though brunch starts at 8 a.m. and is served through 2 p.m.
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