Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saxon & Parole 03-02-2013

Location: 316 Bowery
Time: 10:30am
People: RB, CK and myself

Feelings: Saxon & Parole, designed by one of my favorite design firms, AvroKO, is a pleasure. With equine theme and elegantly modern sensibility, the space has a dynamic yet serene atmosphere like the Downtown favorite, The Lion. At this point, I wouldn't even care how the food is. I just want to sit there and admire the interior and relax in their beautiful dark basement.

Often at such a stylish place, bringing a toddler is rather frowned upon unless your kid's last name ends with Beckham, but at 10:30 in the morning for a very early brunch, we were openly accepted. As we passed the beautifully presented DIY bloody mary station, we are promptly seated next to European tourists and another table with kids. (FYI high chairs are available as informed by their dashing hostess)

The service is friendly and superb as expected, and the food is the usual ubiquitous new American style. Although everything tastes amazing, nothing is new about this new American fare. It's perfect for those who seek modern and posh dining experience with comforting flavors. The culinarily diverse peers may find this place less exciting.

We really should eat more protein, but two different types of bread baskets occupy our table: Homemade pastries and bread with salted butter, sweet vanilla butter and homemade jam ($9) and Warm breakfast cinnamon sugar doughnuts with vanilla cream and chocolate sauce ($7). The sauces and butter are excellent with full of bold flavors and creamy texture.

RB's two poached eggs with grilled sourdough, creamed spinach, mushrooms ($12) and additional yuzu hollandaise ($1) is delectable. A perfect combination of creamy and salty is exactly what he craves.

Saxon & Parole is a perfect spot for:
1) Fun night out with your beautiful friends.
2) Admiring horsy things.
3) You want to experience the downtown cool, but the food needs to remain uptown safe.
4) DIY bloody mary + bread baskets.
5) Pre-10:30am quiet brunch.

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