Friday, April 16, 2010

Brunch at Martinique

Highs this weekend are creeping up into the 80s, which likely signals a fast approaching conclusion to outdoor dining season. If you are looking to capitalize while you can, look no further than Martinique, whose courtyard is ideal for dining in sunny, cool weather.

The food is simple (not spectacular), and portions are small. You get the feeling that the menu was designed specifically for Uptown ladies who are watching their figure. With that in mind, 2 courses are recommended, but there are times when 3 might be necessary. A single link of duck sausage with celeriac remoulade (nice refreshing crunch) is a nice way to start. Pistachios are ground to near dust and used as a coating for a puck of fresh goat cheese, which is paired alongside mixed greens and dressed with a thick, syrupy balsamic and pomegranate molasses vinaigrette. The croque madame is a sourdough sandwich of grilled ham and gruyere with a fried egg on top and a pool of mornay sauce underneath. Smoked salmon club was good but much too small for $12.

I could have included pictures of the food, but if you've seen one croque madame then you've seen them all. No matter. I could have done nothing but drink Lillet L'Oranges and been satisfied with my "meal." If a refreshing cocktail, cool breeze, and sunshine are your motivation, then you have found the right place.

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