Temple Bar brunch convenient, delicious
Popular brunch spot offers relaxing atmosphere
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 01:03
If you are looking to add some extra spice to your normal brunch routine beyond Soundbites and Ball Square Café, look no further than Cambridge’s Temple Bar. Offering sophisticated New American charm and — most importantly — a divine brunch menu, this contemporary restaurant sits just a half a mile from the Porter Square T stop. Even the walk to the restaurant itself is extremely enjoyable, peppered with enticing trinket and vintage stores and trendy coffee shops.
Temple Bar is the type of hotspot that recommends, though does not require, a reservation, which can easily be made the day before. Their delicious brunch is only offered on Saturdays and Sundays, and fills up quickly.
One could hope to get lucky enough to be seated near the huge floor length windows — the perfect location on a brilliant sunny day.
Also contributing to the atmosphere are huge, antique plush green chairs that allow a reprieve from the stress of work and school. In the background, soulful, soothing songs by Al Green and Otis Redding supplement patrons’ relaxation.
A few minutes after being seated, patrons are greeted by an assortment of complimentary breakfast pastries. As soon as the plate touches the table, it’s impossible not to dive into the delectable finger food and stuff oneself with bits of coffee cake and other sweets.
While the brunch hors d’oeuvre is quite appetizing on its own, those in search of an additional remedy need look no further than the section on the menu titled “Eyeopeners.” This alcohol selection offers an assortment of $8 morning cures — a little hair of the dog — from Mango or Peach Bellinis to Bloody Marys. Those wanting a citrus fix should try their Tequila Sunrise with a unique, zesty splash of jalapeno juice. It is undeniably an eye opener to say the least. But if one is looking for a non−alcoholic morning pick−me−up, there are a range of coffees and teas for a lesser price of $3 as well as fresh squeezed juices.
After having awakened from a few hors d’oeuvres and drinks, you can now begin to scan the single−page brunch menu. Everything looks so delicious and is so eloquently described that narrowing down a choice might be difficult.
Whether you are in a hearty protein mood, a rich dessert mood or craving a light earthy dish, Temple Bar’s refined menu appeals to every appetite from savory to sweet. Additionally, for those feeling extra hungry, side dishes such as multigrain toast, seasonal fruit and berries, hickory−smoked bacon or a bagel with cream cheese go for between $2 and $5.
Dissecting the menu, you may find yourself stuck in the omnivore’s dilemma. Should you satisfy your sweet tooth and pick the cinnamon mascarpone French toast, drizzled with banana rum caramel sauce and dusted with crushed toasted almond praline? Or should you select the “Cowboy Omelette,” a heartier morning option stuffed with succulent bits of chorizo, mushrooms, roasted peppers, onion, and Vermont cheddar and served with a side of oven−roasted potatoes? Another option is the carrot cake pancakes with a sweet cream cheese drizzle, toasted pecans and a side of bacon, enough to make your mouth water by just reading the menu’s description. Of course it lived up to sugary expectations.
Overall, Temple Bar serves up a perfect brunch. With prices around the same as Soundbites and Ball Square Café, the restaurant offers a sophisticated yet simple brunch menu for any range of palates.
Unlike the two aforementioned restaurants, however, patrons don’t feel as rushed or overwhelmed at Temple Bar. In addition, the service remains personalized, and wait staff are extremely attentive and composed. Truly, the modern decor and relaxing ambience coupled with jazzy R&B and tasty food make this sleek joint the perfect place to slip away from Tufts and unwind.