Brunch at the Langham Hotel Boston is definitely an experience. I have been hearing about it for years now, and finally, as part of a Boston Brunchers event, I made it there yesterday.
After partaking in this incredible morning and afternoon of eating, I decided to compile a list of tips to help you make the most of the brunching experience should you find yourself there some time soon.
Ask good friends to join you, and make a reservation in advance.
Brunch is one of those meals that should be leisurely and fun, and it's best to enjoy good conversation while dining. I shared a table with Melissa, Daisy, Bridget, Lara, Justin, Katie, and Meghan. Renee, Sarah, Emily, Jacki, Athena, Brian, and Bianca sat at a table adjacent to ours.
And I always recommend making reservations for popular dining locations with limited serving hours like this. Reservations are available at 11, 11:30, 1, and 1:30.
Once you settle in at your table, start with a cocktail.
Feel free to have some coffee and orange juice too if you need the caffeine and vitamin C, but don't pass over the cocktail list. Bloody Marys, mimosas, and bellinis are all served at the brunch. A light morning cocktail will help you relax and prepare for all the eating ahead.
I tried a bright, bubbly raspberry bellini.
Take it all in and map it out.
The best way to approach any buffet is to walk around and take a peek at all the offerings before committing to any particular items. You'll be able to figure out exactly what you must try, what you might like to have if there's any room left in your stomach, and what you could pass on.
And then you can come up with a plan of attack.
The brunch options at the Langham range from savory to sweet and somewhat healthy to decadent.
Ask yourself what kind of mood you're in. Do you focus on savory items for breakfast, or do you prefer to mix it up? I tend to like egg dishes, but I often like a bite of a pancake or a waffle too. And because brunch encompasses both breakfast and lunch, I like to have some other more savory dishes (the more lunch-like choices) and follow those up with some sweet, decadent dessert items.
Work in rounds, and don't be afraid to share.
Now that you've got a plan in place, collect the items for your first course. Return to the table and enjoy these items.
|Maine Shrimp "Martini" With Boston Lettuce And Organic Tomatoes|
|Jonah Crab And Champagne Gelee|
|Roasted Beets, Lakes End Goat Cheese, And A Marcona Almond|
|Mushroom And Parmesan Phyllo Turnover|
|Duck Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Red Pear With Lavender Honey|
Take a deep breath after the first round, and move on to the second.
|Beef Carpaccio With Truffle Aioli, Arugula, And Parmesan|
|Butternut Squash Agnolotti With Amoretti And Sage|
|Farfalle With Roasted Brussels Sprouts In A Lemon Sauce|
|Eggs Benedict With Canadian Bacon And Chive Hollandaise|
|Cutting into the Eggs Benedict reveals a perfectly runny yolk|
|Lobster Mac And Cheese|
|Honey Strawberry Banana Smoothie|
I went back up to fill another plate and while I was wandering around, deciding what to get, Daisy passed along a little tip: I could get a crepe with a splash of St. Germain. Sold!
I headed over to the crepe station and ordered a vanilla crepe with dark chocolate, strawberries, and St. Germain. And on the way back to the table, I picked up a mini belgian waffle, which I doused with some raspberry sauce and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Both the crepe and the waffle were such a treat!
|Strawberry And Chocolate Crepe With St. Germain And Belgian Waffle With Raspberry Sauce And Whipped Cream|
|Shrimp And Ginger Dim Sum With Soy Dip|
|Prime Rib With Horseradish Cream|
Finally, I was ready to finish up the brunch with some desserts.
|Triple Chocolate Cake|
|White Chocolate Strawberry Parfait|
|Raspberry Mousse Dome|
|One of the dessert tables|
And then... I threw in the towel.
One final thought: Don't forget to take breaks.
There's a lot of food to get through, and it's okay to stop in between rounds. This gives you the opportunity to chat with friends, snap some pictures, and lean back in your chair and enjoy the live music.
So... are you ready to do brunch?
A huge thank you to Renee of Boston Brunchers and the Langham Hotel Boston for putting together this awesome opportunity. I won my spot at the brunch and therefore only paid for my drink, drink tax, and tip. As always, even though the Langham provided us brunch free of charge, these thoughts and opinions are my own.