By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
Boulder Colorado has several restaurants to try but I choose Brasserie Ten Ten for brunch. The day is a beautiful 65 degrees Fahrenheit and people are sitting both indoors and out. It’s quite busy but not in a bad sort of way. There is an energy to the restaurant and although my family is seated in the middle of the fray, it is comfortable and inviting.
Brasserie Ten Ten won awards in 2012 and 2013 for Excellence Best French Restaurant and Best Brunch and by looking at the menu I can see why. They offer everything from lemon beignets to steam mussels and more. There are so many choices I want to try (and will on future visits.) We settle on the Lemon Crème Beignets at $5.95 for eight. For my entrée I settle on one of the specials, Les Oeufs (which means eggs in French), which is a bed of potatoes (hash), with pulled pork, and poached eggs on top.
The place is busy, large tables full of families are enjoying themselves, and I don’t even notice the time that goes by as I enjoy the people watching experience. The beignets show up and are a great value for the price as the plate is full of perfectly fried beignets. The lemon crème sauce is divine with a strong hint of lemon and it is perfectly creamy. I could eat a plate of it if I had too (or had the calories to spend for the day!) I stop at two beignets but really want to eat more. We have plenty left but I don’t want to ruin my entrée.
In short notice my entrée comes out and is surprisingly light. The eggs are poached perfectly and ooze over the dish when broken. There is a strong hint of tarragon to the entire dish that is almost overpowering but stops short of that mark. The pulled pork has a lot of flavor that is easy to detect and it all works well with the “hash” of diced potatoes. Unlike a southern style hash, this one is boiled potatoes sitting in a light broth. I like it, a lot, and when done there is nothing left on my plate.
I cannot wait to go back and try a dinner at Brasserie Ten Ten and recommend you give it a try!