Brunch, a term that was derived by combining the words “breakfast” and “lunch,” started in England and made its way to the United States. This delightfully relaxed meal is a weekly ritual for many, and they have their favorite hot brunch spots. Where should you head for brunch this weekend? Here are five of the ultimate brunch spots in the world.
Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade, and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting.” Beringer wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” — William Grimes, “At Brunch, The More Bizarre The Better” New York Times, 1998
“Start the Day with Two Fried Eggs!” commands the menu title of El Quim de la Boqueria. This iconic restaurant has been bustling with customers for over 22 years. Their egg menu is delightfully local and unique. Try the house special, fried eggs topped with llangueta (little fish). Another very popular house specialty dish is the fried eggs with baby squid. The restaurant also serves a variety of freshly squeezed juices that form the base for amazing mimosas. This restaurant is well deserving of their place on our list of the ultimate brunch spots.
L’Orangerie is located inside the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires. This traditional meeting place in the city offers a huge variety of exceptional local products. Brunch is served every Sunday from noon to 4 pm, and reservations are highly suggested as this is one of the hot brunch spots in town. Relax with family and friends at this chef created brunch buffet. The international buffet has a variety of stations. Shellfish, seafood, and wild game are some of the many options available. Be sure to save room for dessert!
Michelin rated Marchal is part of the five-star hotel d’Angleterre. This classy Sunday brunch is so well regarded that it is already booked through the first quarter of 2019. This is definitely one to add to your ultimate brunch spots bucket list! Brunch is served between noon and 3 pm. Guests will enjoy champagne with warm liver pate, bacon, and mushrooms, or oysters on the half shell. The freshly baked croissants and pastries are not to be missed. The house-made seasonal jams are also exquisite.
“Refined rascality” is how Bib & Tucker describes their restaurant. We describe it as one of the hot brunch spots that everyone needs to visit. Located in an enclave of Perth, Australia, this restaurant is passionate about creating a dining experience like no other. Enjoy pork belly and chicken roasted over an open flame on the rotisserie grill. Enjoy views of the Indian Ocean while indulging in muesli made with rose, pistachio, rhubarb, and yogurt. Another unique offering is the woodfired baked eggs made with chorizo, smoked paprika, sugo, fennel flatbread, and piperade.
This San Francisco favorite serves excellent farm to table fare. While the brunch menu may not be the most innovative, Plow excels at doing the classics right. Pancakes, potatoes, and eggs are made with fresh local ingredients and are deeply satisfying. The Plow breakfast consists of two eggs, two lemon ricotta pancakes, plow potatoes, and choice of house made pork sausage, Nueske’s bacon, or chicken apple sausage. Craft beer and local wine are also available at breakfast. Of course, mimosas are on the menu, too!
Are you hungry yet? Will you be trying these ultimate brunch spots? For more great hot brunch spots, see our article about the four restaurants that are rethinking classic brunch.