Remember my friend Fidel? Of the Soho house brunch and rooftop lounging? Well he has been raving about this new brunch at The Reed. And it was his birthday, so brunch choice is all him.
PLUS Penny was in town! To celebrate the presence of one of my favorite human beings on the planet, and the birthday of another of my favorites, off to the Reed we went.
Now, it has been noted more than once that I don’t like a brunch buffet. I want someone constructing my plate for me, so I don’t have to think or put in any effort into cooking/plating on a Sunday morning. Moreover, buffets are almost never a good idea. Almost. Never.
The Reed is the rare exception to my protests. The vibe was awesome (there was a DJ, for brunch), the food was good, the company, as always, was exceptional. And despite the fairly posh atmosphere, the price was not as bad as I expected it to be.
Now, on to the reviews!
Quality: 82.5 %
Overall quality- I mean, this food is good. Really good. The quality was super high, from the steak that Penny had to the marinated tuna chunks I ate way too much of. The bread was good, the fruit was good, the gnocchi (breakfast gnocchi? brilliant) was good. Overall this was a huge win.
Eggs- The only reason this lost points. The scrambled eggs were just ok. They needed salt and were a little overcooked. But cooking scrambled eggs at scale like this is hard. I may need to go back to try their poached (they do breakfast properly on Saturday), but the scrambled were the only letdown of the meal.
Beverages: 100 %
ALL YOU CAN DRINK CHAMPAGNE AND WINE. I REPEAT: ALL. YOU. CAN. DRINK.
I think I can just stop there. For the price this is the best breakfast bar in town.
This is where buffets usually lose all the points (please see Mana). But every dish looked well constructed and appetizing. Lots of interesting colors and well plated combinations.
And everything was crazy instagrammable.
Diversity: 100 %
Lots of good options and they all looked good. It made me want to overeat (problem #2 with buffets), but I was able to construct magnificent plates full of delicious options and I didn’t even scratch the surface of what was possible.
The tables were absolutely absurd. Penny and I watched one of our fellow diners trying to figure out how to sit on the ground, then squatting, then pulling up an awkward stool. He apparently hadn’t mastered eating food in his lap, but you know: adulting is hard.
But the DJ was great, the lighting was wonderful, and the epic wall tv thingy was mesmerizing. It was pretty cool overall.
Overall Score: 86.56 %