On a hot Bastille weekend, Brasserie Ten Ten is always a favorite spot for Boulderites. When we arrived, the restaurant was completely full for brunch but even then, many patrons stood outside the lobby undeterred and hopeful for an empty table. Luckily, we had a reservation and did not have to wait.
Brasserie Ten Ten has been welcoming guests since 2003, when it opened its doors across from the St. Julien Hotel. It is a sleek bistro in downtown Boulder, CO that offers french-inspired fare centered around great quality ingredients. The menu is crafted with variety in mind and everyone is bound to find something they enjoy. While it is true that they do not fully accommodate dietary restrictions such as gluten-free or dairy- free, I was able to find some tasty options that did not disappoint.
All the menus change seasonally, but they are always full of excellent choices. One can opt for their emblematic Onion Soup, appetizers such as Kumamoto oysters, a variety of egg dishes, golden waffles or even sandwiches. In fact, I would venture that the brunch menu is a perfect introduction to what Brasserie Ten Ten has to offer.
I enjoyed a Nicoise Omelet with fluffy eggs stuffed with artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, haricot vert and creamy goat cheese. It came accompanied by some well seasoned potato wedges that offered a crispy counterpart to the soft omelet.
The Jardin Salade was a generous portion of field greens with a slightly sweet dressing that complemented their bitterness without drowning them in oil. A perfect balance of cucumbers, carrots, roasted beets, onions, tomatoes & a sherry shallot vinaigrette
The Eggs Benedict were perfectly cooked perched atop a toasted English muffin and covered with a delicate, velvety Hollandaise sauce. I found them to be the most successful selection of the brunch and possibly the most challenging for the chef. In this occasion, the dish reached the table promptly and at the perfect temperature.
No brunch is complete without a strong and aromatic cafe au lait and a little indulgence in the form of a milk chocolate eclair or a buttery croissant. The eclair was filled with chantilly creme & topped with chocolate ganache. Sweet but not overwhelming. The croissant was flaky, golden and pleasantly reminiscent of the ones I’ve had in Europe. An appropriate ending to a satisfying brunch.