I had my first brunch experience with the Boston Brunchers at The Sinclair in Harvard Square this past weekend and I had an absolute blast! The girls were all so friendly and fun and we talked for hours, literally, 2.5 to be exact! We sat on the newly opened roof deck and enjoyed not only a sunshine filled afternoon but also a fantastic tasting menu of their unique brunch menu and cocktails prepared by Chef Michael Schlow.
We started off with the Mimosa Flight. A trio of mimosas including, from left to right, Tradtional OJ and Cava, Novara-Mango Campari and Cava, and the third, my favorite, Orchard Pear Austrian Liqueur, Nectar and Cava.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first brunch with the Boston Brunchers but I was thrilled that we were going to sample many different menu items. The menu looked delicious and the whole morning leading up to brunch I just couldn’t decide what I was going to order!
For our next round of cocktails we enjoyed the Smoked Pork Belly Bloody Mary made with house smoked vodka and Bloody Mary mix and topped with Pastrami’d Pork Belly & a Grillo’s Pickle. I was skeptical about the pork in my drink but it was so tender and tasty. Surprising the bloody Mary did not have a strong pork flavor.
Our next we tried a cold white asparagus soup, made with very little dairy. It was thick but not heavy and refreshing after sitting in the beaming sun for over an hour. The next course was my favorite – fried calamari. I am rarely able to order this at any restaurant, so you can just imagine how thrilled I was when our waiter put one in front of me and told me it was gluten free! The calamari was battered in potato starch and cornmeal, not your typical flour! It was lightly breaded and I could still taste the freshness of the fish. The Tom Yum Gai Sauce had a slow heat and was not straight on spicy, thank goodness!
Just when we thought the meal was over we were served a succulent duck confit on top of a sweet potato and beet hash. There was an ample amount of duck and I loved the creative take on a traditionally boring potato hash breakfast dish.
Our waiter was extremely friendly, asked us many questions and took a genuine interest in listening to us talk about our blogs. He was attentive but never rushed us. The manager and the rest of the wait staff were equally as friendly.
The Sinclair offers an innovative menu and fresh food and absolutely worth a trip during your next venture to Harvard Square. The menu is made up of small and large plates, as well as dishes designed to be shared with the whole table. Now that the weather is nice I suggest opting for the outside patio or sitting in the bright sun-light second floor dinning area for a light snack or full meal, there is something for everyone.
Note: Brunch at The Sinclair was provided to me free of charge as I won a spot with Boston Brunchers. My thoughts and opinions are my own.