Thursday, October 17, 2013

Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran, DC - Vegan Brunch #3

UPDATE: This restaurant has permanently closed.

As you may or may not know, the vegan brunch at Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran has been so popular that they are now holding it weekly -- every Sunday! That is great news for vegans and non-vegans alike as it is a stupendous open buffet brunch that is sure to please anyone's palate.

I recently realized that I hadn't been to that brunch in many, many months so we headed over on a Sunday morning. One thing that has changed is that they are no longer holding just two seatings. Instead, they now take reservations for any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  One thing that hasn't changed is the live music -- one of my favorite things about this brunch.

Once we were seated, the server informed me of the Chef's Sangria special of the day so I promptly ordered that for an additional $7 on top of the $25 all-you-can-eat buffet. The choices this day were varied with everything from salads, a soup, hot and savory entrees, and desserts. What a spread.

Of course, we had to try everything. I'd have to say that my favorite item was the Tofu Scramble. This was not your ordinary tofu scramble. It had shiitake mushrooms, baby spinach, and roasted pepper confit all served under baked vegan cheese. It was soooo good.

Another favorite of mine was the passed dish of the chickpea fritters with berry aioli.

For the salads, there was an Arugula and Frisee Salad. This had late summer peaches, pickled onion, and spiced hazelnuts. The creamy dressing was very good.

There was also a Red and Golden Beet Salad with oranges, shaved radicchio, capers, and toasted pistachios. The beets were absolutely perfect and the flavors meshed well.

One of the most unique items was the Granola-Crusted Whole Wheat French Toast. This sweet, crunchy toast was served with a gingered berry compote and was really hearty.

To balance it out, there were sauteed vegetable dishes like the Oven-Roasted Cauliflower with Haricots Verts served with golden raisins and cherry tomatoes. There was also a Roasted Corn and Red Potato Hash with red peppers and onions.

For dessert, they offered housemade lemon poppyseed scones with blueberries and powdered sugar, sour cherry brownies, banana muffins, and fruit salad.

We were quite impressed with the quality and quantity of the brunch spread. I think we are very lucky to have such a great vegan brunch in DC and I encourage those who haven't yet tried it to try it soon!

Previous reviews:
July 13, 2011
July 10, 2012
Sept. 12, 2012

Todd Gray's Muse at the Corcoran
500 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1786

Todd Gray's Muse on Urbanspoon

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