Boston, Dining & Nightlife, HotelsBrunch at the Langham

I have to admit- the best thing about my job is always being “in the know” about new and cool things.  This is an especially wonderful perk when traveling because I can skip the whole Citysearch/TripAdvisor process- which, anyone who has been tasked with finding a restaurant for dinner knows- is an uncertain and tedious process. So last week when I went up to Boston, I already knew before even boarding the bus where the most lavish brunch in the city would be- and that was at the Langham Hotel.

On Sunday, I met up with 2 of my local friends at Café Fleuri, located right above the Bar at Bond.  We were greeted by a live jazz band and a vast, vast spread of gourmet goodies.  If “egg white omelet, no butter” or “lox on a bagel with tomato slices” is not your idea of a good time on Sunday mornings,  you’re in for a really special treat at the Langham. Stations throughout the Café features seafood, a raw bar (!!! I love oysters for brunch), salads, traditional breakfast items (can’t lie..didn’t really touch that table), a kid’s corner, dim sum, desserts, and made-to-order burritos, omelets, pancakes and waffles (must see menu below).

I often find that breakfast and brunch food can often be boring or bland- especially at hotel buffets but you won’t find homefries and sausages  sitting in a silver chafters at the Langham!  Instead, prepared to be wowed by selections such as “Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee”  and “Maple Mustard Glazed Atlantic Salmon. Chef Mark Sapienza says “This year we are using seasonal and local ingredients in our traditional menu items with New England ingredients like Farfalle Pasta with Butternut Squash and Vermont Gorgonzola.”

Duck Prosciutto wrapped Pears

Those of you with a sweet tooth will certainly be satisfied with your Sunday brunch options (try chocolate raspberry crepes finished with a splash of Grand Marnier) but make sure to stop by on a Saturday for the Langham’s innovative chocolate brunch.  Led by the restaurant’s pastry chef, Jed Hackney, the Saturday Chocolate Bar Brunch takes you on a tour around Boston, featuring sweet delights from every neighborhood. The Chinatown station serves Dessert Sushi in mango, strawberry, chocolate, and green tea flavors as well as Five Spice Chocolate Soup, and Mango and White Chocolate Pudding. And the Fenway Park table? Homemade Crackerjacks with dark caramel, peanuts, and sea salt, Chocolate Covered Peanuts, and Ice Cream Sandwiches.

As it turns out, even  some of my Boston buddies didn’t know about weekend brunch at the Langham (it is at a hotel after all) but after the 2 hour experience, they all decided they would need to bring their friends back.   This holiday season, The Langham’s brunch is avaliable on more than just the weekends. They will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day Brunch on November 26; Pre- Christmas Brunch on November 29, December 6, December 13, and December 20; Christmas Day Brunch on December, 25; and New Year’s Day Rejuvenation Brunch on January 1.  Take it from me- whether you’re coming for the holidays or for just really good food, you have to make a weekend morning stop at the Langham!

Sunday Brunch reservations are available at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost for Sunday Brunch is $48 for adults  (that’s the price of 10 oysters anywhere else!)  and $25 for children ages 5 to 12.  Holiday brunch prices will vary. For questions and reservations, please call 617.451.1900, extension 7125.

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Time: 11am -3pm with reservations available at 11am, 11:30am, 1pm and 1:30pm

Price: Adults $48, Children 12 and under $25, 4 and under free

Salads
“Deviled” Maple Meadow Farm Eggs
Roasted Sweet Peppers, Fennel and Onion “Agro e Dolce”
Fresh House Made Mozzarella, Vine Ripe Tomato, Basil, Sea Salt and Virgin Olive Oil
Mushroom “a la Grecque”
Asparagus with Citrus and Tarragon Vinaigrette
Tomato, Cucumber and Arugula Panzanella
Bliss Potato Salad with Dijon Chive Dressing
Farfalle Pasta, Roasted Butternut Squash, Vermont Gorgonzola and Candied Spiced Walnuts
Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Red Onion Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Roasted Beets, Lakes End Goat Cheese and Toasted Almond

Bread Display
Larder
New England Cheese Pie
Thyme Roasted Chicken, Three Onion and Aioli Salad
Prosciutto di Parma and Honey Roasted Pears
Cracked Pepper and Brown Sugar Smoked Pork Lion with Sweet and Sour Slaw
Allspice Crusted Duck Breast with Ginger Cranberry and Citrus Chutney
Sirloin of Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Aioli, Arugula and Parmesan
Chorizo Pinchos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Artisianal New England Cheeses
Great Hill Blue with Honey Comb and Walnuts
Boggy Meadow Swiss with Concord Grapes
Shelburne Cheddar with Apple Butter

Seafood
Chilled Poached Gulf Shrimp – Lemons, Spicy Cocktail, Green Goddess, Remoulade and Creamy Horseradish
House Smoked Maple Cured Atlantic Salmon – Sesame Cracker, Red Onion and Cucumber Crème Fraiche
Jonah Crab Claws with Sweet and Spicy Grainy Mustard
Maine Shrimp Salad Rolls
Point Judith Calamari Salad – Shaved Celery, Red Onion, Olives and Parsley
PEI Mussels – Vinho Verde, Roasted Tomato and Leeks
Grilled Scallops, Smoky Pepper Bacon and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Continental breakfast
Mixed Berries, Vanilla Yogurt and Granola Coupe
Diced Seasonal Melons, Pineapple and Grapes
Strawberries
Bagels and Flavored Cream Cheeses
Assorted Mini Muffins
Croissants and Danish Pastries
Honey Strawberry and Banana Smoothie
Pecan Sweet Rolls
Cinnamon Sticks

Breakfast
Eggs Benedict – Canadian Bacon and Chive Hollandaise
Sugar Dusted Farmers Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Compote
Cinnamon Brioche French Toast – Vermont Maple Syrup
Corned Beef and Red Onion Hash
Hickory Bacon and Country Sausage
Home Style Potatoes with Green Onion

Entrees
Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee
Maple Mustard Glazed Atlantic Salmon
Baked Macaroni and New England Cheese Gratin
Mixed Grains, Wild Rice and Aromatic Vegetable Pilaf
clam Chowder

Culinary Stations
Omelets and Breakfast Burritos to Order
Eggs, Egg Beaters, Egg Whites
Exotic Mushrooms, Country Ham, Peppers, Onions, Tomato,
Cheddar, Swiss, Chopped Bacon, Spinach
Black Beans, Salsa and Tortillas
Buttermilk Pancakes and Waffle to Order
Warm Maple Syrup, Whipped Cream, Caramel Bananas, Strawberries, Blueberries and Toasted Almonds
Carvery
Roasted Sirloin of Beef -Horseradish Cream
Maple Glazed Country Ham with Grain Mustard Apricot Jam

Dim Sum
Assorted Steamed Chinatown Dim Sum
Ginger Plum, Honey Soy and Hot Mustard Sauces

Cinnamon sugar Beignets
Made to Order and Cinnamon Sugar Dusted

Café Caesar and New England Cobb Salad Station
With Thyme Grilled Chicken or Gulf Shrimp
Romaine Hearts with Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing, Parmesan Grana, Garlic Croutons, Calamata Olives and Spanish Anchovy and Cider Vinaigrette
Mixed Autumn Greens with Cider Vinaigrette, Crumbled Massachusetts Blue
Crumbled Hickory Bacon, Organic Tomatoes, Chopped Egg, Walnuts and Dried Cranberry

Kid’s Barn
Mini Beef Hot Dogs and Rolls, Mustard, Relish, Ketchup
Country Fried Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese Bite
Cheese and Pepperoni Pizzas
Fruit Skewers on Pineapple Tree
Rice Crispy Treats, Brownies, Chocolate Cookies, Cupcakes
Penny Candy
Gummy Bears
Pastry Table

Crepe Station
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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