Crémant is one of my favorite restaurants in town. We don’t get over to Madrona often, but I’m always happy to take an excursion for steak frites or roasted marrow bones. When I heard last week that Crémant was going to start serving brunch on the weekend, I felt like Jules in Pulp Fiction when he first hears about Amsterdam: “I’m going, that’s all there is to it, I’m going.”
Before we arrived on Sunday morning, Dawn already knew what she wanted to order (having seen a snippet of the menu online): Bacon and Egg Pasta. We arrived hungry, and I studied the menu ravenously, hemming and hawing, considering ordering one of everything, but I had this feeling that might be just a little too much food. With a little nudging from our waitress, I finally settled on the Scrambled Eggs with Pork Belly, and a French press of Caffe Vita.
Eager anticipation turned into persistent hunger as I sipped my coffee for a long, long while, tasting it getting colder and colder. Finally, our dishes arrived, and my first thought was, “Uh-oh, I’m going to be really hungry after this.” Our dishes were beautifully presented and tasted as good as we hoped, but there just wasn’t a lot of food on our $10 plates. Perhaps we should have asked our waitress if we had ordered enough food, but it would have been nice if she had helped steer us in the right direction. (Friends of ours who also had brunch at Crémant that morning said their waitress suggested they order some side dishes to complement their egg dishes.) We asked for some bread to sop up the eggs, which helped fill a little space.
Fortunately, they offer breakfast dessert (!) featuring Claudio Corallo chocolate. We shared a chocolate cognac drink and a chocolate chip cookie. (Hey, it was practically noon by this time, so cognac was fair game.) We had fond memories of the chocolate cognac drink from a dinner at Crémant earlier this year, and it lived up to our expectations.
Will we go back for brunch? Yes – we enjoyed our dishes, there are more things we want to try, and we’ve read that they will feature different farm eggs on the menu each month. (This month is hen eggs from Morgan’s Roost on Vashon Island. Duck, quail, and goose eggs will all make their appearance.) However, Crémant won’t win the “best brunch value” award, and we hope they’re able to turn around orders a little faster as they figure out their game.
1423 34th Ave, Seattle