EASTER SUNDAY is coming up fast on April 8th. Hop on over to any of these dining options for a real Easter treat. In case you’re wondering, yes, you should make a reservation.
Great timing, ~GRAND CAFÉ~ will unveil their new weekend brunch on Easter Sunday featuring a new menu, a “Build Your Own Bloody Mary” bar, and of course mimosas. They’ll be introducing brunch items like fried oysters with herbed polenta, braised greens, bacon, and spicy aioli; chorizo verde omelet with avocado salsa, queso fresco, sour cream black beans, tortillas; and a wild salmon BLTA with bacon, lettuce, tomato chutney, and avocado with spring potato salad. Sat-Sun 10:30am-2:30pm.
Take a seat at ~1300 ON FILLMORE~’s annual Easter Gospel Brunch at 11am or 1pm to enjoy à la carte items like spicy tasso eggs Benedict and a catfish po’ boy, plus live gospel music with Future Perfect.
Sunday brunch at ~ABSINTHE BRASSERIE & BAR~ will present a new Easter special on top of the regular menu: Atkins Ranch lamb breast with brioche-dried fruit stuffing, root vegetables, and garlic-lamb jus. Look for other dishes like their Dungeness crab omelet with hen of the woods mushrooms, spinach, garlic, and Meyer lemon; and Rice & Eggs with crispy pork belly, fried eggs, shrimp, jasmine rice, stir-fried green beans, and soy-marinated chiles.
~FOREIGN CINEMA~’s three-course prix-fixe will give you choices like Friday Hama Hama oysters with spinach and bacon; Dungeness crab sandwich with tangy mayo, cress fries, and a salad; steak frites; and Sunny Side Comfort with two farm eggs, artichokes, mushrooms, and romesco.
For the kiddies, consider taking them to the THE FAIRMONT SAN FRANCISCO for an Easter egg hunt complete with Easter Bunny appearances and a balloon artist. Quite the spread of Easter Brunch Buffet will be served in the Crown Room from 10am-3pm; $109 plus tax and gratuity per adult, $54.50 plus tax and gratuity per child 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Another option is afternoon Easter Tea at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, 1:30pm-4:30pm; $52 plus tax and gratuity per adult, $26 plus tax and gratuity per child 6-12, free for children 5 and under. Both include a glass of sparkling wine or cider and Easter treats. 950 Mason St. at Sacramento, 415-772-5204.
This one, not so much for the kiddies: BLOODHOUND will hold yet another Easter Sunday Butcherfest. Rick DeBaord of Café Rouge will demonstrate how to break down a whole goat, while you try the goat ham sliders with pickled beet relish and horseradish crème fraîche, the goat sausage (sheep casing) with a preserved lemon salsa verde, and the curried goat flatbread with yogurt, cilantro, and grilled asparagus. Complimentary cocktail included. 3pm-7pm. $50 online. 1145 Folsom St. at 7th St., 415-863-2840.
Enjoy an Easter prix-fixe menu at ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~ with corn and shrimp bisque, ham and cheese beignets, housemade porchetta with hash brown potatoes and poached egg, chocolate truffle tart, and huckleberry crème fraîche cheesecake. Add the EPIC Spicy Bloody Mary cocktail for $8. 10am-3pm. $40 per person, $20 for kids under 12.
Next door at ~WATERBAR~, the three-course menu will feature choices such as citrus-cured Alaskan halibut gravlax, yellowtail jack ceviche with crisp plantains and cilantro, grilled leg of lamb sandwich, and Meyer lemon pudding cake with crème chantilly and candied thyme shortbread. A children’s à la carte menu is also available. $45 per adult.
Meanwhile, the nearby ~AMERICANO~ at the Hotel Vitale will have Easter breakfast until 11am and brunch until 1pm. The breakfast menu includes short ribs and green onion hash with poached eggs and pecorino Romano, and banana pancakes served with pecan butter and Vermont maple syrup. The brunch menu includes pizza funghi with Fontina and black truffle oil, and a house-ground hamburger on a housemade brioche bun with spicy Parmesan fries.
Over in Union Square, ~SCALA’S BISTRO~ will add Easter specials to their normal brunch menu, including grilled asparagus with soft scrambled egg tartine, crème fraîche, chervil; green eggs and ham with wild nettles and Irish bacon; bacon scones; and a Ramos Gin Fizz.
If you’re looking for a twist on Easter brunch, CHAYA BRASSERIE SAN FRANCISCO is offering a three-course, prix-fixe Euro-Asian brunch. Each course features options like ahi tuna carpaccio with wasabi aioli, avocado mousse, a hard boiled quail egg, and yuzu-tamari soy for the first course; duck confit hash with a fried duck egg for the second; and frozen currant nougat with dried fruits and almond brittle for the third. Add a bottomless mimosa for $10. They’ll also have a young adults Easter platter ($15). 11am-2pm. $35 per person, not including tax and gratuity. This will also be the launch of their new Sunday Brunch menu.
Further afield, Redwood City’s DONATO ENOTECA will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu with entrée choices of roasted Colorado lamb with spring vegetables, yukon potatoes, and aceto balsamico, or baked monkfish filet crusted with squid ink bread crumbs with a saffron sauce. $42; à la carte options also available. 11:30am-10pm. 1041 Middlefield Rd. at Main, Redwood City, 650-701-1000.
Across the Golden Gate, Sausalito’s ~POGGIO~ plans to complement their normal menu with some Easter specials: braised Devil’s Gulch rabbit with thick cut tagliatelle, spring lamb cooked over a wood fire with favas, and local strawberries with vanilla- and orange-scented shortcake. A lovely spot worth crossing a bridge for.
And finally, some Easter treats for ya’. Look for STARTER BAKERY’s colomba di Pasqua (Italian Easter Bread, similar to pannetone) at their farmers’ market spots and via pre-order for pick up at the bakery. ARIZMENDI BAKERY gets festive every holiday, Easter being no exception: they’ll have hot cross buns April 6th-8th, available by the piece or dozen (orders encouraged, 415-566-3117). On Sunday April 8th only, JASPER’S CORNER TAP & KITCHEN can supply you with five varieties of their delicious deviled eggs—spicy hummus, BLT, romesco, Caesar salad, garden herb, and sweet pea with crab—for $1.50 each, or choose three eggs for $4.
Hop to it!
Update: 15 ROMOLO is putting together three Easter faves for a Bunny Bourbon Brunch: it’s brunch all day with Easter specials like colored pickled eggs, chicken-fried rabbit and waffles, lamb pastrami and rainbow carrot hash home skillet, and bacon-eared bunny burgers, plus boozy desserts. They’re also having some friends over, like bar manager Darren Crawford from Bourbon & Branch, who will be guest-slingin’ bourbon cocktails and punch. 15 Romolo Place at Broadway, 415-398-1359.
Photo of Easter eggs from splorp on Flickr.
Sunday Apr 8, 2012