Thursday, March 24, 2011

brunch at m. henry

okay, i admit i am not much of a brunch person. i enjoy the occasional pancakes or eggs benedict or omelet kind of thing but i prefer lunch over brunch most of the time. my boss raved about this brunch place in andersonville called m. henry which means something cos i trust her taste in food. i browsed through the food pictures on their website and was tempted to try it cos they looked awesome. :)


i invited lyle and christina to join me and ryan on this food adventure. m. henry does not take reservations and my boss told us that the best time to come is before 11am. lyle got there before us but even though there was a table for four available but since the whole party wasn't there (meaning us three) they gave the table to someone else first. so we had to wait for about another 10-15 minutes.

inside of m. henry, the decor is what i'd imagine a country side bakery with english influence would be but with a modern twist. it felt home-y in a weird way.





m. henry boasts of making everything fresh including their pastries and you can purchase loaves of bread or cookies or even coffee to go from the counter.  i managed to take a photos of their bakers/chefs at work.



i am ecstatic that we picked sunday morning because that's the day they offer their brunch menu which includes their special egg benedicts, french toasts and blisscakes (what they call their pancakes)


we started off with some warm drinks since it was pouring outside. i ordered soy latte, ryan with black coffee and lyle ordered the tea.


i was slightly disappointed because i was hoping for a pretty pattern on the foam of the latte that was picture worthy but all i got was this. the taste was pretty good though. ryan didn't really like his black coffee.

at this point we were starving but we took a while to figure out what to eat since there were quite a bit of selection of food.

grilled shrimp & lobster benedict . two toasted pain de mie rounds topped with sauteed garlic swiss chard, caramelized shallots, grilled shrimp, creme fraiche and two poached eggs topped with lobster hollandaise & served with mixed green salad.


the description itself was enough to make my mouth water. and it was as delicious as it was described. the eggs were poached perfectly and the rich yolk oozes out to coat the other ingredients. the shrimp itself was seasoned and cooked well where it announced its presence in the midst of the other flavors but in a good way. the bread was toasted so it offered a slight crunch aspect and for once it wasn't an english muffin. we could also taste the lobster flavor in the hollandaise itself. the only complain i got if i had to give one was the shallots were cooked down but they weren't caramelized. overall, lovely dish all around. loved it. so did ryan and christina. that's three out of three!

mango~cranberry vanilla french toast . two slices o four home made cranberry walnut french toast, layered with warm mangoes and cranberries, vanilla creme and topped with a candied walnut & oat crust


you might think that this was too sweet just from the looks of it - well, it isn't. it had a nice balance of tartness and sweetness and the crust was the nice crunch factor. most of the sweetness comes from the candied walnuts the bread was soft and lovely and the vanilla creme was a nice touch. the mangoes were alright but the overall dish was delicious. one bite with everything was a burst of different flavors in the mouth.

bacon wrapped baked eggs with polenta & mixed field greens .  a ring of applewood bacon filled with creamy polenta topped with two eggs, sharp wisconsin cheddar cheese & fresh thyme, baked and served atop mixed greens salad. a light yet filling m.henry classic.


lyle's choice of brunch. he seemed to enjoy this and thought it was good.

fannie's killer fried egg sandwich . toasted sour boule layered with two over-medium eggs, applewood bacon, sliced plum tomatoes, gorgonzola and fresh thyme and served with house potatoes.



looked like a hearty sandwich to me. you could request to have the egg done whichever way you prefer and christina prefers the yolks cooked through. her comment was that it was a tasty sandwich. i tried the potatoes which was seasoned well and cooked through but i wished that it had crispy edges.

m. henry has now a sister location called m. henrietta. i am not sure why there is the discrepencies between the yelp ratings but they serve almost the same menu.


m. henry's motto is chow for now but to me i think it's gonna be chow for a very long time. whenever i am in the mood for brunch food, m.henry will undoubtedly be on my to-go list.


disclaimer this is written based on my personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others

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