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