Tuesday, July 1, 2014

DC: Floriana Brunch

It's been awhile since I've done a brunch post - such a slacker. I spotted a Gilt City ad for bottomless brunch at Floriana and jumped at the chance to go. 

Floriana is located in Dupont Circle, away from the fuss and buss of the actual circle. The restaurant is a converted Row House which gives it a lot of character but also makes it a little cramped. We chose to sit on the outdoor porch, which was adorable and equally cramped. 
Part of the deal was bottomless beneigts, which were pumpkin jalapeƱo flavored with a side of maple bacon butter - I believe the regular price is around $6 for a serving. This was a really original combo, a nice addition to the brunch. 
For my entree I chose the Steak and Potatoes. It was served with a chimichurri-like sauce which was delicious. My steak was way over cooked - I asked for medium rare but received medium well. I didn't feel like sending it back so I ate it as is. The chimichurri helped make up for the overdoneness. Ironically I thought the potatoes were a little underdone. Although it was overcooked I still enjoyed it but probably would have really liked it if it was cooked to my preferred temperature. 
My friend ordered Eggs Purgatory (except on the actual menu it's in Italian). It was a sunny side up egg in a spicy tomato sauce with fancy toasted bread. I really liked this twist to an egg dish and the bread and tomato sauce were really good. 
The most disappointing thing about this brunch were the mimosas. The champagne was pretty much nonexistent. I have had quite a few mimosas in my day and these were like a 4/10.  If there was just a little more bubbly that score would have been knocked up a few points.

I always like to ask the servers what they recommend even if I don't go with their choices -it really shows that they know and like the menu. Our server recommended the steak (which I ordered) and the smoked salmon benedict. Service was attentive, food was a little slow coming out, but nothing too bad. Brunch was busy but not super packed.

Would I come back? Maybe, not for bottomless brunch unless there was another deal. They definitely have some other appealing dishes that I would be tempted to try out if I wasn't in the mood for mimosas. 

1602 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
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Other bottomless brunches I enjoy…
PJ Clarkes …great food and drinks
Acre 121 …little far into DC for those who live in NOVA, but the mimosas…delicious
El Centro …all you can eat and drink

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