There are very few things that this blogger loves as much as brunch. Carrie Bradshaw pretty much said it best in Sex and the City: “you can sleep until noon, still get eggs anywhere in the city, and alcohol is often included with the meal.” So, you can imagine my delight when I found out that Bodega Highlands by Sabor, which is a convenient 10 minute walk from our house, now serves brunch.
Here are the five things you need to know about Bodega Highlands:
- It is located at 6509 112 Avenue. They generally open at 4:30 until 10 pm on weekdays, 11 pm Friday/Saturday and 9 pm on Sunday. Brunch happens on Saturday and Sunday (as brunch should) from 11 am to 2 pm. No reservations.
- Like its mamãe downtown, Bodgea Highlands is a Portuguese-Spanish venture. Brunch is divided into two sections – tapas and mains. The tapas selection is almost identical to hot tapas offered on the dinner menu, some favorites include empanadillas, bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and piri piri prawns. We decided to order mains rather than a bunch of tapas, we restricted ourselves to the patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy garlic aioli), mainly because they are simply irresistible and I feel compelled to order them whenever I am there. The mains were all new and exciting for us. We tried the pisto manchego (Spanish roasted vegetables baked with three poached eggs and Manchego cheese) and the Francesinha. The Francesinha is Portugal’s adaptation of France’s croquet-monsieur (in fact, the name means “little Frenchie”), except this is not the kind of sandwich you eat with your hands. Let me tell you about this incredible sandwich. The thickly cut bread is baked with layers of Edam, sausage, ham, beef tenderloin, and chorizo then topped with a fried egg and special sauce. Simply delicious.
- A lot of thought goes into presentation of their plates, and the portions are generous. Moreover, the prices for these carefully prepared plates are terrific and service is quite fast.
- You won’t find mimosas or Caesars on the brunch menu, but they’re happy to make one for you if you ask, otherwise the brunch drink menu is limited to red, white and sparkling wine.
- There are complimentary Chef’s choice tapas available Monday to Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30, which I highly recommend everyone take advantage of at least once.
For more information on Bodega Highlands or any of their other restaurants, click here to check out the website.