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Maple & Ash

Maple & Ash recently started serving Sunday buffet brunch. It’s posh, it’s fun and it’s $40 for unlimited filet mignon.

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We’re on our way to family brunch. Chicago skies like this are a rare sight.

Pre-brunch group selfie

Baby D is keeping a low profile with her shades

Lola and her grandkids.

Lola and her grandkids.

Center dining area at Maple & Ash

Center dining area at Maple & Ash


Brunch

There are two to four items at each station offering salads, meat, eggs, sides and sweets. It’s easy for a restaurant to select 15 dishes for each category. There is something for everyone. But try to design a buffet menu with very few choices and there is more at stake. Maple & Ash does an excellent job with the menu and the setup.

Maple & Ash brunch menu (Jun 25, 2017)

Maple & Ash brunch menu (Jun 25, 2017)

Maple Smoked Bacon and Wood-Fired Sausage made in house, Crispy Potatoes and Francois Montand+St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Maple Smoked Bacon and Wood-Fired Sausage made in house, Crispy Potatoes and Francois Montand+St Germain Elderflower Liqueur

The filet mignon was flavorful and tender and came with the choice of beef butter, bordelaise or horseradish cream. Typically, I ask for the smallest sliver of beef to save room for everything else, but I went back for more and with each of the sauces.

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Maple Glazed Ham and excellent Filet Mignon: Beef Butter, Bordelaise Sauce, Horseradish Cream


Eggs

I ordered a very small truffle, goat cheese, garlic scapes and asparagus omelette with the intention of trying the others but it was so good as was the rest of the food, I decided I will return and order a full one next time.

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Egg station at Maple and Ash brunch. The Market Omelette with black truffle, garlic scapes and asparagus may have been the best omelette I have ever had.


Rolling Carts

The ever-fashionable rolling carts have come back en vogue. At Maple & Ash one can enjoy a taste of prawns, scallops, clams, fried chicken or one of my favorite Chicago pasta dishes, Maple & Ash’s Ricotta Agnolotti.

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Table-side carts rolled around with items to taste: Fried Chicken, Prawns, Scallops, Clams and one of my favorite dishes, their house-made Ricotta Agnolotti.

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This dish was served table-side to give a taste of the real deal. It’s available on their regular menu and is one of my favorite dishes in Chicago. House Made Ricotta Agnolotti, Trumpet Mushroom, Truffle, Lemon


Salads

There isn’t anything I would tell someone they should pass up at this brunch, although I skipped the salads since they tend to take up valuable stomach space. I have a personal dining mantra. Don’t eat or pay for something in a restaurant that I can easily make, make better at home, or have somewhere else where it will be better. In this case, I wanted more room for the “cooked” food.

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Market Salad: Farm Greens, Shaved Vegetables, Almonds, Goat cheese, Champagne vinaigrette, Kale Caesar: Pecorino, Lemon, Savory Sprinkles


Splurge Day

Wow.

One of the best splurges in the city of Chicago. Roasted seafood tower ($175)

Baller Roasted Seafood Tower

We're all pretty happy right about now.

The birthday girls.

The birthday girls.


Dessert

Save room for the coconut cream pie.

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The sweets table had just the right amount of choices. Brioche French Toast with a table full of toppings, Croissants, Cream Puffs, Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Brownies.


Final Thoughts

I don’t know of another Chicago brunch buffet using ingredients at this level, for food that tastes this good, at this price. If there is one you know of, please let me know in the comments. It’s not easy to spend $40 (excluding beverages, tax and tip) on breakfast, but as long as you don’t fill up entirely on salad you’ll feel you walked away with the deal.

This is what Baby D thought of brunch at Maple & Ash.


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Maple & Ash | 8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL312 944 8888
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