on November 22, 2007
Though not a native to Portland, I know that the city is shifting - the downtown more bustling, an influx of new residents. Veritable Quandry existed before all of this, founded in 1970 and still a classic restaurant near the river. I went for brunch, and though we nearly had to eat at the bar since we had no reservation the hostess was able to fit our party of two into the little side nook where the bar changes to the restaurant. Though the weather was nice, the air was brisk and thus no one was sitting on the elegant outdoor patio.My friend had sampled a few of their brunch options, and the french toast was highly recommended. I'm a huge fan of the french toast brunch, but as of late try to eat something more filling and healthy (not just a pile of carbs!). Am I glad i chose the Brioche French Toast! Two enormously huge piece of French toast were coated in sugar, with maple syrup on the side. The banans and candied walnuts were sprinkled on top of and around the sides, adding a healthful crunch and flavor to the warm, moist, spongy french toast. My only complaint is that it was far too much - but luckily my friend could finish off the half I couldn't eat.He chose to get the johnny cakes, and enjoyed those also. The honey butter and local apples were a great addition, but for the same price he appeared to have about 3/4 the food of my enormous plate.The service was quick, and like any good Sunday morning brunch the restaurant was bustling. I wanted orange juice halfway through the meal, yet wasn't able to order until our waitress came back when we had finished - despite being beside the waitstaff "central spot" with coffee pots and the computer to register food.The brunch offered an elegant, classy update on typical brunch fare in a nice oasis of tall ceilings and large space out of the downtown. The attention to multiple ingredients was appreciated and enjoyed! Would certainly visit again for lunch or a romantic dinner.
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