Monday, March 19, 2007
Yeah, you read the title of this post correctly. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to brunch at the Four Seasons recently.
My favorite brunch buddy, Healey, was given a gift certificate to the acclaimed hotel, and wanted to try their famous brunch spread. We got dressed up (I took a picture to prove it!) and had a nice stroll in the beautiful weather down to the Parkway where the Four Seasons is located.
The fresh fruit on this plate may have been the best part of the whole meal! Raspberries, Strawberries and Blueberries were perfectly ripe and sweet. The blackberries left a lot to be desired, but what exactly was I expecting in March in Philadelphia? Clockwise from the fruit, I sampled some bread, a nice piece of Gouda, chicken satay with a cilantro sauce, calamari, a potato pancake and a veggie salad with carrots and zucchini. All of this food was really yummy, what wasn't yummy was the incredibly cold cup of coffee they served me. I was like, really? Aren't I dining in a four star restaurant? But the subsequent refills were perfect and delicious.
The highlight of the second trip is pictured at the very back of the plate. Banana bread pudding with raspberry sauce. I'm drooling just remembering it now, I'm definitely going to have to try and make it at home. It was so comforting, warm and not heavy the way some bread puddings can be.
Finally, dessert. I wish I could say that Healey and I shared this plate, but alas, it was only mine. I didn't care for the layered orange cake. The flavors were all there, but the top layer was gelatinous and strange. The chocolate cake in the middle was nice, but plain, just chocolate cake and vanilla frosting. The real gem was the lemon meringue tart picture on the left. It was filled with tangy lemon curd, topped with just a touch of meringue, and the crust was buttery and delicious.
The entire duration of our meal we were able to watch Philadelphia's St. Patrick's Day parade. Our table faced the Parkway, and the glass enclosed dining room was ideal for people/parade watching. We couldn't have picked a better day to wander down to some fancy breakfast. Yeah, we felt a tad bit out of place, both prefering a greasy spoon diner to four star cuisine. But it was nice to dress up, act like a real adult and catch a parade of bagpipers and Irish dancers.