It’s been awhile since we’ve brunched at Hambar in the Hotel St Paul, but let’s be honest with ourselves, we don’t wake up early enough for brunch very often! Or if we wake up we opt to lounge in bed rather than get up and go for brunch. But we loved their dinner so we were curious to see what their brunch was all about. For our dinner review of Hambar, click HERE.
Hambar is a pretty restaurant with cured meat hanging at the window in the front, large red meat slicers decorating the restaurant and an interesting menu for both brunch and dinner. We were intrigued by a few items on the menu, but obviously we had to try their charcuterie and cheeses, after all, it’s what they’re known for.
Our waiter offered us a small combo of charcuterie and cheese so that we could get a taste of what they had to offer. Head cheese wrapped in nori, and marinated vegetables were also a part of this platter. The cheese and charcuterie platters are also available at dinner!
Our favourite brunch dish was the savoury French toast with sautéed wild mushrooms prepared like an eggs benedict but a little different, and sweeter. We loved the mix of sweet n’ savoury with the French toast and wild mushrooms. The poached egg was cooked to perfection and topped with greens and plenty of parmigiano for an added touch of saltiness.
Another brunch favourite at Hambar is their eggs benedict with crispy porchetta. We had hoped that a place named Hambar was going to make delicious porchetta and they really did. The fat was nice and crispy, just the way we like it. The poached eggs didn’t sit on a traditional English muffin, but a nice thick slice of bread, with just the right amount of hollandaise sauce, and a sprinkling of chives, we just hate it when the eggs are drowning. Underneath the bread were tasty breakfast potatoes, and we all know that a good brunch has delicious potatoes.
Sensei, the brunch guru, waited over an hour for Diva #1 to make it to brunch. It’s a miracle that he still tolerates her! He was only happy when Hambar’s English breakfast was put before him with a poached egg, bacon, sausage and the most delicious blood sausage, all dressed in hollandaise sauce. Served with a broiled tomato tart, it was a man’s meaty brunch!
Other intriguing items on Hambar’s brunch menu is their french toast with pears, pecans, pistachios and caramel, and their lobster eggs benedict. It’s a pricey brunch but the portions are huge and they truly know their meat.
Our Rating: Splendid
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