Thursday, November 17, 2011
Avila For Sunday Brunch
When recently faced with options for Sunday Brunch we weighed in and decided to accept an invitation for Avila, the modern Mediterranean spot near to the Theater District. It may not have been what came to mind first but ended up being a superior choice. The ceilings are high, the room bright and airy, comfortable yet upscale casual, we loved the relaxing ambiance and impeccable service.
We began with assorted rolls and cakes, an endless cup of locally roasted, freshly brewed coffee and perhaps a mimosa.
Freshly-baked pastry was part of the bread basket, served with whipped butter and a selection of jams and preserves.
Smoked Salmon, Tomato, Onion Bagel, and Chive Cream Cheese. Classic. As a huge fan of salmon, I can tell you that this smoked salmon was excellent.
Grilled Corn with Lime Aioli and Queso Fresco. Odd choice for brunch? We think not. In fact, these was our very favorite dish.
The lime and Queso Fresco added a complex layer of flavors to the sweet, juicy corn.
The third First Course choice was Seasonal Fresh Fruit with Honey Creme Fraiche. As much as we love fresh fruit the salmon and that corn just sounded too good.
Egg Pizza with Mozzarella, Smoked Niman Ranch Bacon, Scallions and Truffle Oil. The eggs were perfectly set and the crust just right. What could be better for Sunday Brunch?
The pizza was smothered in bacon and dusted with fresh scallion.
Pancakes, Amaretto Sautéed Bananas and Caramel Sauce.
As if that Caramel Sauce was not enough, we opted to add a touch of light syrup.
No heavy, greasy cakes here. The pancakes were perfectly light and fluffy.
Brunch companion diner Dean Igoe.
The third choice for Entrée was Avila's Macaroni And Cheese, which sounded very tempting. I guess we'll try that when we go back. It's definitely worth the trip.
Value: Outstanding, at $14.00 per person for the two course prix fixe menu.
We highly suggest arriving early for your reservation to find local street parking or taking the MBTA as it's very T accessible.
One Charles Street South
Boston, MA 02116