A healthy dose of overeating
If you're a regular here, you already know I tend to be a bit over-ambitious at restaurants. Luckily, my friends & I generally have the appetite to match. Rarely am I actually floored by the quantity of food I've ordered (whether I should be is a different story) - but there are always exceptions. Maison Pickle was a great one.
The restauant sits in a homey upper-west side block and looks like a cute, unassuming eatery from the outside. But don't be deceived. Come hungry & prepared to do some serious brunching - preferably with a group.
We started with the poutine tots, because everything in tater-tot form is better. These are actually hefty-sized fingerling potatoes slathered in all the best parts of poutine. They aren't a culinary concotion to blow you away, but they do taste delicious and are likely a fantastic cure for your friday evening struggles.
Their signature brunch dish is a challah croque madame which comes generously lathered in a rich bechamel sauce. This is a must-try if you go. It's a decadent experience and probably enough for 2.5 people if none of you are ravenously hungry. We obviously scooped up a couple more things.
The classic 'french dip' on their menu is actually a roast beef sandwich with a side of horseradish aioli, pickled dill & au jus. This was probably the least 'share-friendly' item we ordered, but we made it work. The horseradish aioli & roast beef made for an excellent combo.
By this point, I had to say we were all beginning to approach the point of sickeningly full. Alas, we completely forgot we had ordered a massive serving of challah french toast.
We ate it all, with extra whipped cream. They do a couple of varieties of the challah french toast - we opted for berries & cream on the pretense that it would be "lighter" (than bananas & nutella). And while the meal itself may not have been light - their homemade whipped cream does have that beautiful 'lighter than air' consistency.
This brunch made me feel so many different ways - deeply satisfied and also deeply disgusted. But would I go back? 100% yes.
Cheers to many more excessive brunching adventures.