Nine on Nine Pittsburgh Brunch Review
The only time I ate at the upscale Nine on Nine restaurant was over five years ago and in that time I always wondered why they never served brunch. With its prime location right in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, it seemed like the perfect Sunday brunch spot before a matinee performance. Well, thankfully for me and my inquiring mind, brunch operations did indeed commence last year at Nine on Nine and back in June I finally had the opportunity to try it out myself.
Nine on Nine offers a pre-fixe menu ($36) which includes your choice of aperitif, a starter, and an entrée. You also have the option of ordering a la carte; however, like with all pre-fixe menus and depending on how hungry you are, it’s definitely more cost-practical to go with the pre-fixe option even if it is one of the priciest brunches I’ve been to.
The aperitif selections included both alcoholic and juice options. My only critique of brunch is that if you go the juice route, it’s still a flat fee of $36 which I thought was somewhat disappointing considering the fact that juice costs almost nothing in comparison with alcohol. I felt that if you opt for a juice aperitif, you shouldn’t be paying as much as someone who orders the mimosa or bellini. With that said, I went with grapefruit juice while D ordered the mimosa.
The house made breakfast breads were delicious and include two types of fruit scones.
To start, I selected 9’s Charcuterie. This comprises several different types of cheeses along with quince, fig cake, cornichons (small pickled gherkins), honeycomb, and crostin. I enjoyed this since it didn’t leave me full before my main course. I do wish there had been fewer soft cheeses.
D selected the Bourbon Pork Belly Hash even though the Scotch Egg also called out to him. This features maple Yukons, crispy shallots, and a six minute egg.
I contemplated getting the Bordeaux Canele (a canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust), but it seemed like it was a bit much for a starter. However, a table near to ours got it and its miniature size was adorable and doable, so that was definitely my regret for the day.
For my entrée, I ordered the 9’s Benedict, as eggs Benedict is a brunch favorite of mine. This consists of poached eggs, crab choran Hollandaise, spinach (I omitted this), rabbit sausage, all on an English muffin. For the most part, you can never go wrong with an eggs Benedict-style dish.
D ordered the Hanger and Frites for his main course. This includes a bevy of ingredients like Benton’s bacon, aged cheddar, a fried egg, and gravy. Steak for breakfast to him is what eggs Benedict is to me.
Service wasn’t the greatest but it seemed the restaurant was quite understaffed. However, the food was delicious and definitely had an upscale, unique layer to it which is appreciated since sometimes brunch offerings can seem repetitive. I enjoyed my meal and would definitely dine there again.
Nine on Nine
900 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222