Brunch at Pera Soho

by Ada on November 19, 2012

This afternoon Kevin and I headed downtown to Pera Soho, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, for brunch.

The entrance features a lovely outdoor seating area

complete with individual cabanas

Upon entering the restaurant we were led to our table and served olive bread with olive oil and a white bean puree

The brininess of the olive bread complimented the mild bean puree nicely

For his entree Kevin selected the Eggs Benedict with Beef Pastirma and Marash Pepper Hollandaise.

I sampled a significant chunk of the dish and loved the smoky beef combined with the bright hollandaise and supple eggs. The dish also contained a generous mound of leafy greens tossed in a flavorful vinaigrette.

Still stuffed from the previous evening’s Friendsgiving feast (post to come on that soon!) I went with the server’s recommendation of the Wild Arugula, Citrus, and Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Shrimp.

The plate arrived with an aesthetically pleasing composition, with each ingredient segregated to alternate segments of the dish. The roasted chickepeas added an earthy element and wonderful texture to the dish. The shrimp tasted extremely fresh and contained a detectable char.

For dessert we shared the chocolate mousse

and Turkish rice pudding

The warm rice pudding was perfect for a blustery fall day and the chocolate pudding achieved the perfect balance between richness and sweetness.

We really enjoyed our brunch at Pera Soho and would definitely return to sample other dishes, such as the white chocolate pancakes with strawberry butter or the marinated sliced lamb. Yum. Pera Soho also offers a pre-fixe brunch with an alcoholic beverage or fruit juice plus entree plus coffee or tea for 21 dollars. Quite the steal for the NYC brunch scene!

P.S- All photo credits go to Kevin.

In accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I was contacted directly by the restaurant and that the meal was complimentary. Any views expressed on my blog, however, are solely my own.

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