Food Review: Brunch At the Market

Been trying to cut down on eating out but this weekend… I had an excuse. Chan and I celebrated his birthday by going to brunch. We went to one of our favorite grub spots, Market in Montclair, New Jersey. We’ve gone to Market for dinner but never for brunch. I walked in, hopes way up high, and lo and behold, they did not disappoint.

The ambiance was perfect, quaint and homey, and the service… always so friendly.

Market’s brunch hours are from 10 to 3pm, Friday through Sunday. Since coffee felt like a worthy appetizer for my grumbling hungry stomach, Chan and I decided to just dive in and order main dishes.

Chan had the Market version of a BLT…

In my opinion, this BLT, featuring applewood-smoked bacon, sunny side up egg, Tillamook sharp cheddar, avocado-wasabi crème fraiche, baby arugula salad dressed in yuzu and sesame seeds, went to college, got their degree, got rich, but then decided to open up a restaurant to spread the love. I mean come on… avocado-wasabi crème fraiche? Totally tickles your every taste bud.

I, of course, ordered the smoked salmon benedict…

And while Chan normally doesn’t go for dessert, he was feeling rather, what’s the word… adventurous, and went for it. After looking over the dessert menu, the choice was clear…

Ladies and gentleman, that my friend is the vanilla pound cake with a side of peanut butter and jelly sorbet. The dish was meant to depict the ever-nostalgic snack peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This would only be true if my childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwich had the word ‘EPIC’ burnt on it. This dessert was amazing! Each flavor was enhanced by the other and never overwhelming.  While Market is known for their rather unique selections of homemade sorbet, I love that they have the basics such as peanut butter and jelly down to perfection.

Thank you Market for making us an enjoyable birthday brunch!

-astami

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