Periodically Sergio and I get together with four other friends for brunch. We like to try new places (or at least places new to us) so last month we decided to try Frenchie Boston. Frenchie opened this past January and I previously reviewed dinner at this quaint location which you can read here.
As mentioned in my previous review, Frenchie oozes a cozy vibe from the moment you walk through their patio and down their steps to their partially subterranean dining room and finally into their sun room in the back where we enjoyed our brunch. Their brunch menu includes Hot and Cold sections as well as Croques Monsieurs with prices for plates ranging from $9 – $16.
Our waitress was friendly and managed our orders which were rife with special requests and substitutions from nearly everyone. For brunch John ordered a croque madame, adding a pain au chocolat for something sweet to go with the savory breakfast. He appeared to thoroughly enjoy his choice, and I believe he said he’d order it again if he were to come back for brunch.
My friend Bruce opted for the duck confit hash served with roasted onions, a poached egg and hollandaise in a cute silver bowl. This looked delicious once the poached egg was cut and the yolk combined with the hollandaise and duck. I made a mental note to be sure to try this on my next visit.
There is something about the combination of duck confit and eggs that I am always drawn to and would typically order for breakfast.
I opted for Eggs Benedict served as a sandwich in a croissant with salmon and breakfast potatoes. The poached eggs make this too messy to eat without a fork and knife and I only needed the bottom part of the croissant for brunch (this is my idea of making a healthy choice – only eating half of a croissant soaked in egg yolk and hollandaise). While I enjoyed the breakfast it wasn’t that memorable and a version of this is on every restaurant menu in the neighborhood.
Fortunately, the company is what was memorable and the fact this restaurant is just blocks from my home ensures there will be future visits.
With the nicer weather, Frenchie’s postage stamp-sized patio on Tremont Street will make this a great brunch spot to dine al fresco, if you can get there early enough to nab one of their tables. I wish this new restaurant luck and am happy to welcome them to the neighborhood. If you’ve not yet dined at Frenchie Boston, give it a try and let me know what you think.