Located on the third floor of the Conrad, Estuary’s brunch is a must. The space is absolutely beautiful, with minimalistic decor and floor to ceiling windows. You have a view of the open kitchen regardless of where you’re seated, and the bar setup’s impressive as well. This was my first time there, but it certainly won’t be my last. Brunch was fabulous so I’m assuming dinner’s fantastic as well.
Being the sensible person that I am, I went with their prix-fixe brunch deal. For $45, you get a glass of sparkling wine, a mimosa or a bloody mary, chef’s daily pastry selection, and your choice of starter and entree. The pastry (pictured below) was a small but delectable bite. It was a savory goodie of sorts, and it was the perfect way to kick off my meal.
I took my mom along with me, and we were hungry so we got two other starters to share in addition to the shishito peppers that came with my brunch deal. Between the Maryland crab roll and the oysters, I say go with the former.
The oysters came with cocktail sauce and mignonette ice and were as fresh as can be, but the crab roll was phenomenal. I actually just went to Maine not too long ago – click here for my Portland food guide – and this could easily rival any seafood roll I had there. It was topped with chunks of crab meat and seasoned with Old Bay, and the roll was buttery magic. I’d honestly go back for this alone!
The peppers were delicious as well. They came on a bed of burrata cheese, which is always a good idea in my book. They were presented beautifully and charred lightly for extra flavor. The bonito sand sprinkled on top ensured umami goodness, and I highly recommend getting an order to share for your table if you go with a group because who doesn’t enjoy shishito noms?
As for entrees, I got the croque madame pictured below, and my mom went with their chatham cod. The croque madame is a variation on the classic croque monsieur, which is a baked or fried ham & cheese sandwich. What makes it a madame is the egg. Estuary’s version comes with surryano ham, whipped gruyere, and two poached eggs on toasted brioche.
Although I enjoyed this plate immensely, I liked my mom’s dish more. The cod comes with piquillo peppers stuffed with brandade and is served in a cod bone broth that’s topped with benne seed togarashii. The flavors are explosive, and the fish is cooked to flaky perfection. You’re probably going to be stuffed by this point, but I don’t care. You can’t leave without trying their dessert because it’s exceptional.
I got their deconstructed key lime pie, and it was beautifully executed. There was lime curd at the bottom, and it was served with coconut sorbet, which was light and refreshing. I loved both the peanut butter and chocolate shells, and the hibiscus coulis drew all the flavors together. Expect tart, nutty, creamy, and floral all in one bite when indulging.
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