On a crisp fall morning there are few things better than a hearty brunch to get the day going. I remembered very much enjoying brunch at Brookline's Fireplace some time ago and everyone agreed that they would like to try it. Located right in Brookline's Washington Square, The Fireplace is a New England-themed restaurant having comfort food with an upscale feel. The chef has a philosophy of "hearty, clean food with integrity" prepared simply but thoughtfully. Though they have menus for brunch, lunch, mid day, and dinner meals, today we were all craving breakfast food.
We were seated at a table for four right next to the window on the entrance level of the restaurant. The sunlight creeping in from outside, combined with the festive carved pumpkins and other tasteful Halloween decorations made for a great autumn ambiance.
I had my heart set on eggs benedict since waking up, so I was pleased to see they had it on the menu. It was served alongside a salad of mixed greens, which is nice if you're not in the mood for the more standard home fries. The dish was excellent, and I loved the bits of scallion in every other bite or so. Feeling hungrier than usual I split a side of applewood smoked bacon. The side came with 6 pieces that were nice and thick and full of flavor.
Tara first wanted a cup of the pumpkin bisque with walnuts and great hill blue cheese, something I've had before and loved. For her meal she chose the Challah French toast with apricot almond cheese & Vermont maple syrup. I've tried this dish before and found the sweet cheese to be wonderful. She found her first bite to be bland, but soon pulled a 180 and very much enjoyed it.
Marcello opted for the crispy corn waffles with rum, bananas, brown sugar & apple cider syrup. Though I didn't get any commentary on the waffles, it certainly looked great, and based on his empty plate I'm sure it was.
The service was excellent throughout the whole meal, and our waitress was very happy to answer any and all questions we had about the menu. A perfect example was when one of my dining companions asked about the 7 herb tea, namely what the seven herbs were. She actually went to the kitchen to find out, curious herself. Aside from that our coffees (really good, by the way) and waters were always replenished with a smile.
If you are looking for delicious, relaxing brunch experience, the fireplace makes a great choice. Be sure to check out their other menus to see what they have to offer at other times of the day - you won't be disappointed!