Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 962 : Maison Premiere Brunch

Located on Bedford Avenue between Grand Avenue and South 1st streets sits the fantastic oyster and cocktail joint Maison Premiere. Known for their awesome oyster happy hour where their extensive list of oysters are just $1 a piece and an experimental yet inventive cocktail list, this sexy and old timey place is always packed to the gills. Boasting the largest Absinthe list in New York City, Maison Premiere is inspired by the cocktail dens of an earlier era, think F Scott Fitzgerald meets the mansions of Newport meets the jazz age meets Coco Channel's Paris of the 1920s.

Towards the end of 2012, Maison Premiere launched a chef tasting's menu along with a la carte selections in the evenings and a brunch menu on the weekends.

Expecting the small space to be absolutely packed at brunch, in the same way it is during happy hour and in the evenings, I called before we arrived yesterday to make sure there was space. I was informed that there was plenty of space, do not worry. Well it turns out we were in fact the only table in the place when we first walked in at 12:30 yesterday. I guess Maison Premiere brunch has yet to catch on in the way that their cocktails and oyster happy hour have.

A glass of bubbles and a French Press coffee to start, this was definitely going to be a lovely meal. My dining companions tried some of their brunch cocktails which ranged from the Coat of Arms crafted with Absinthe, lime, white grapes, lemon bitters, egg whites and fennel pollen to the Channel Coast with Cinnamon Mezcal, Nux Alpina, Cider and Demerara to a Breakfast Julep. Each cocktail was truly inventive and unique yet brunchy and fabulous -- no straight forward mimosas here.

And what of the food? Yes we knew that the oysters were to die for and just absolutely fabulous, but this was about trying their brunch. And try their brunch we did.

I had their Eggs & Black Truffle dish which was composed of a petite round wrought iron pot full of scrambled eggs infused with black truffle shavings and topped with a decadent and melt in your mouth parmesan mousse. Rustic yet elevated, dynamic yet simple, this egg dish was paired with pickled cauliflower topped paremsan shavings and a few mache leaves to brighten up the round warmth of your eggs. Just the way a brunch dish should be -- inventive yet paired down, comforting yet elegant and the perfect way to start off your Sunday.

Maison Premiere
298 Bedford Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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