As our visit to Boston fell over a weekend, naturally brunch was the top activity for our Sunday there. I did some mild research and settled upon Aquitaine, a Parisian-style bistro serving traditional French cuisine in the city’s South End neighborhood.
I made a reservation for 11:15 and already the place was quite crowded, although they do start serving brunch at 9 AM (I wish more places in Pittsburgh did this). Just like in France, tables were on the small side and you’re definitely in close proximity to your neighbors but it’s keeping with the ambiance, I feel.
Prior to going I had long decided on doing the prix fixe brunch as it was a phenomenal deal. For only $11.95 it included a glazed cinnamon bun, freshly squeezed orange juice (this was exceptionally delicious), bottomless French roast coffee, and then your choice of entree which offered three different omelet selections or Parisian crepes. I opted for the Omelette Basquaise (this is $8.95 a la carte) which featured ham, aged Gruyere cheese, and parsley. It was filling but not overly rich. But both the bun and omelet were tasty and the perfect pairing (I didn’t feel full). All omelets come with Lyonnaise potatoes and seven grain toast.
D went the a la carte route, deciding to go with a long time favorite of his-the Croque Monsieur ($13.95). This is a pressed sandwich consisting of smoked ham and gruyere and came with house made potato chips. And to be fair, they also had the lady equivalent, the Croque Madam-$14.95 (this comes with a fried egg on top) along with the Croque Magret ($14.95) which is a duck confit and gruyere pressed sandwich.
He also ordered the Applewood Smoked Bacon ($3.95) for a side.
Had I gone the a la carte route I would have also seriously considered either the Malted Belgian Waffle ($10.95) or the Omelette Piperade ($9.95).
While I had no doubts that brunch at Aquitaine would be enjoyable, it’s always a wonderful thing when those inklings are confirmed. It’s definitely a place I would seek out repeatedly if I ever lived in Boston.
569 Tremont Street | Boston, Massachusetts | 02118