Tien and Yvan. Not happy to be with 7 ladies at brunch?
Jeannette & Steph
Julie, Rachelle, Shannan
Poppseed scone. I like how the butter serving is as big as the pastry.
Whiskey french toast with grilled pineapple and vanilla mascarpone.
Jess and I didn’t realize we’d invited so many people to brunch on Sunday morning so on Saturday, we were in a bit of a scramble to find some place that could accomodate all nine of us. Luckily Whitehall, the third or fourth place we called, had no issues making the large reservation, at late notice, in the brunch prime time.* Jess said this place is pretty new**, so maybe they’re not totally slammed yet.
Whitehall has a bit of a British angle. Take, for example, the Old English Fry Up on the brunch menu, or the way the lady taking the reservation kept saying “Brilliant!”. I liked the mix of really rustic and really modern decor inside. The white tile and sunny day made everything bright and fresh, as did the fact that they had fresh flowers everywhere. They also had a
great brilliant (!) cocktail selection. And I liked how they had the fresh, seasonal ingredients for the cocktails out on the bar and you could see them making each drink. I think our table probably sampled at least one of everything plus had coffee drinks all round. These were all delicious.
The brunch menu isn’t super huge, but it did have a lot of variance. The fruit and the watermelon were very light, the salad with poached egg seemed to be in the middle, the toastie or fry up were larger and more filling. I had the whiskey french toast with grilled pineapple and vanilla mascarpone and it was right in the middle. Satisfying, but not overly filling. Shannan, Yvan and I also split a scone just to try. Some people at the other half of our table ordered a couple and said they were amazing. Yes, I agree. Very good. Overall, a solid brunch choice. Good food, good service, good ambiance.
* I’ll not mention the name of the place that was all “Have you seen our dining room?” Uh, no, lady. As a matter of fact, I have not seen your dining room. They said they could only accomodate six people!
** Looks like they opened in November of last year.