Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Park Slope Gastronome #4

This past week the Park Slope Gastronome had brunch at the restaurant Belleville. Its location made for an easy choice when we were trying to figure out where to have brunch on a glorious Sunday afternoon. The walk to Cousin John's was a bit more than we wanted to flex our legs for. Cocotte stinks. A recent meal at the Mexican Sandwich Company helped me get acquainted with our bathroom and forced us to miss the Atlantic Antic.

Belleville is a French bistro, similar to the ones down the street (Moutarde) and a few neighborhoods over (Patois). There's a sprinkle of quaint, a dollop of shabby chic, a pinch of old-timeyness and steak frites on the menu. We were seated and given our menus immediately. Dan ordered the french toast, only to be told it was sold out. He then ordered the crossaints, and was again told it was sold out. "We've had a busy morning" our waitress explained. Finally we both wound up ordering the waffle with eggs and bacon. Along with our meal orders, we requested water, which would not show up until about three-quarters of the way through our meal.

Our dishes arrive and we're both a bit bummed out to see our waffles are pre-syruped. Not only was it imitation maple flavor syrup but the pre-syruping also made the waffle soggy. I like my waffles crisp and I also don't like to drench it in sugar. The eggs on the other hand were really nicely scrambled. They were a golden yellow color without any browning, loose, but firm enough that they didn't have that uncooked, phlegm-like texture to them. The bacon on the other hand was way overcooked. When I bend a bacon strip, I like for it to do just that and not snap in half. Finding good bacon is an impossible mission these days. I'm convinced our meal was to be accompanied by greens and potatoes. Two of the brunch options, the smoked salmon platter and the french toast were above the line that read something along the lines of "the following come with green and potatoes." The waffle was listed under this line and I positive I did not see an asterix listed next to it saying it was excluded. We asked our waitress about this, not because we were hungry, but because we thought we were missing a part of our meal. She didn't know her menu. She had to check. We still didn't have water by this time. A waiter came by with a pitcher and asked us if we wanted some more water. Then he noticed the lack of water glasses on our table and turned red, apologized and sent someone to get us glasses. We were never offered a refill on coffee.

p.s. The glass of orange juice we ordered was some sort of from-concentrate-crap served with ice cubes. En francais!

Food: C
Service: C-



Blogger Marc said...

why does this restaurant get C's? for scrambled eggs that are yellow? everything else seems to suggest D+'s at best.

October 05, 2004 6:31 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

yes, for the scrambled eggs. i hate overdone eggs.
also for walnuts and fresh strawberries on the waffle and decent coffee.

October 05, 2004 6:33 PM  
Blogger Listmaker said...

i would give the food a c-
and the service a d-

so far, 5th ave brunches have not treated us well.

October 05, 2004 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jeremy says:
you like your bacon to bend? i like my bacon to crumble. i want it crispy and as brittle as brittle can be. basically, one step away from charcoal. but i agree with you about phlegm-like food. that is not an appetizing state for anything. orbitz soda had a phlegm like quality and made me gag while drinking it. and recently we purchased some tofu that was tightly packaged and not in water so it did not need pressing or squeezing. unfortunately it was soggy and gross and tasted and felt like runny egg whites in my mouth. bleh.

October 06, 2004 8:54 AM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

ugh, orbitz soda totally had that phelgm feeling! also, i can have about 3 sips of bubble tea before i feel gross about the texture. i really can't comment about your bacon preference though. it's shame.

October 06, 2004 10:32 AM  
Blogger mas said...

Pre-syruped waffles? Yuck - how arrogant!

October 06, 2004 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The past four years of 5th Avenue brunches have been nothing but a miserable failure. That pre-syrupping was a colossal mistake. I have a plan that will bring more brunchgoers out on weekends, increase revenues for restaurants, and create jobs. Jobs with health care.

--John Kerry

October 09, 2004 6:58 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I agree with Jeremy. Bacon must be crispy and/or crunchy or it is not worth a damn.

October 09, 2004 6:59 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

flood you also like your burgers well done! what's the point? you might as well eat charcoal chunks.

October 11, 2004 8:37 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Charcoal chunks are the tastiest! Try them. Remember when you scoffed at fried pierogies, and then you tried them and realized that they taste awesome? It will be that way for you with charcoal.

October 13, 2004 7:01 PM  

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