Smoked Salmon, Cucumber, Tomato, Red Onion, Nori Crisps, Lobster, Shrimp, Bagel Chip
Loco Moco with Wagyu Beef, Farm Egg, White Rice, Truffle Gravy
Softshell Crab Tacos with Cilantro Crema, Pickled Vegetables, Cabbage, House Salsa Rojo
Salumi, Cheese, Grapes, Candied Walnuts, Winter Salad, Greek Yogurt Parfait
Grilled Eggplant, Tuna Poke, Nori Crisps, Spicy Tuna Roll, Crab Legs
Skirt Steak, Grilled Corn, Micro Cilantro, Eggs, Tortillas, Tomatoes
Farmer’s Market Toast with Multi-grain Bread, Avocado, Radish, Carrot, Goat Cheese, Honey Vinaigrette, Poached Egg
Duck Breast, Duck Confit, Pomegranate, Greens
Panettone French Toast with Banana Syrup, Candied Pecan, Mascarpone Frosting
Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Tree Sap, Whipped Cream
Cheesecake Pop, Strawberry Donut, Chocolate Cupcake, Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, Raspberry Pound Cake, Cannoli, Cherry Danish, Pecan Pie, Fudge Bar, Key Lime Pie
Having last visited Herringbone’s weekend Brunch in April 2017 it was in celebration of upcoming changes that two adults and a child sat down on Saturday, Chefs Marty Lopez and Nyko Christian joined by some new faces in the kitchen while Ceferin Oliva and his front of house staff catered to the needs of a diverse crowd including some dude dining in his bath robe and two parties of dancing bachelorettes.
From the very beginning popular with its target audience, a price of $69 per diner inclusive of soft beverages, multiple live-stations plus ten plates from the kitchen, it was with most tables adding drink packages ranging $35 to $95 that a lively crowd sprawled from indoors to the temperature-controlled patio, a DJ spinning tunes keeping things lively while professional and NCAA Basketball played on Televisions throughout the room.
Still focused on the “Fish Meats Field” concept that Brian Malarkey sold to Hakkasan, Ingredients on display besting any Buffet in Las Vegas save for perhaps Bally’s $100 Sterling Brunch, it is with Seafood that many begin their afternoon at Herringbone, freshly shucked Oysters popular to the point where those shucking them frequently fall behind thus leaving diners with the difficult choice of Lobster Tails versus pre-cut Crab Legs or jumbo Cocktail Shrimp with a variety of Sauces.
Additionally offering Tuna and Salmon, the latter smoked and served with traditional condiments while the former finds its way into rolled Sushi and two styles of Poke, those craving additional island flavors will be happy to know Herringbone does not skimp when it comes to Loco Moco, the mandatory two-scoops of Rice here crowned with a Farm Egg and ground domestic Wagyu plus fragrant Truffle Gravy.
Offering plenty of healthy options beyond Shellfish, roasted Chicken from the carvery plus Smoothies, grilled Vegetables and Salads all made from organic ingredients, it was leaving some Rice behind that attention focused on these plus Cheese and Charcuterie, both focused on crowd-favorites and thus basic but enjoyable while a Parfait of Fruit, Granola and Greek Yogurt stands out in terms of taste as well as texture.
Next served a special, Herringbone’s Fish Tacos instead filled with Softshell Crab that had been battered and fried, fans of Steak and Eggs were further impressed by lightly seared Beef served alongside Tortillas and Eggs plus housemade Salsa, though surprisingly the ubiquitous Avocado Toast fared even better thanks to thick-cut Multigrain Bread and Goat Cheese that plays well off Honey Vinaigrette.
Saving room for sweets, though not before crispy-skinned Duck arrived alongside a cigar of Confit and Pomegranate Arils, those who enjoy Bananas Foster will undoubtedly take a liking to Panettone with Bruleed Fruit and thick Caramel, though if forced to choose just one it would be hard to place this before a fluffy stack of Pancakes featuring Chocolate Chips and Whipped Ricotta in the Batter plus Orange Segments on top.
Utilizing Aria’s Bake Shop for petite Desserts to finish, the pre-filled Cannoli’s Shell expectedly compromised and Key Lime Pie lacking in terms of Citrus, it was with the youngster happily eating M&Ms that adults focused on a baked Donut filled with Jam and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, though the pint-size Pecan Pie and buttery Pound Cake were also good.
FIVE STARS: Best judged as a separate entity from Herringbone’s outstanding Dinner service the weekend Brunch offers a fun experience for persons of all backgrounds without compromising on ingredient quality, and although $69 is not cheap consider the fact that most places on-strip are charging $3-4 per Oyster or Taco, $16-18 for Avocado Toast and $15+ for a stack of plain Pancakes before judging too quickly.
RECOMMENDED: Nori Crisps, Lobster, Greek Yogurt Parfait, Fish Tacos, Farmer’s Market Toast, Panettone French Toast, Orange Ricotta Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Raspberry Pound Cake, Pecan Pie
AVOID: Cannoli, Key Lime Pie. Also note the Duck is not currently available at lunch, but rather a test-plate pending for dinner.
TIP: Brunch runs 10a-3p on both Saturday and Sunday, the drink packaged offered with no time-limit like so many other places for those with the that kind of stamina.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.