By Lovena Suson, P.T. (👉👉👉Check out This Author’s Books on Amazon.com)
For a regular working girl like me, there’s an almost euphoric feel upon waking up on Saturday mornings! An indulgence I take time to enjoy is….brunch! Dinners are great, but breakfasts and brunches have their own appeal. A steaming cup of coffee, pastries, waffles, omelets, and whatever your palate prefers to savor on a particular day.
On this day, my craving was a french breakfast. Luckily, #Orlando has a lot to offer. Browsing through places that offer brunch, I came across La Boucherie, a french restaurant that apparently opened its doors just 2 years ago. La Boucherie or “The butcher’s shop”, “butchery”, “butcher’s shop”, is likely named as such as they specialize in steaks, beef, veal and lamb which is served for lunch and dinner.
Hmmm, never heard of it before but perusing the menu, they offer brunch on weekends. What I saw titillated my appetite. I just had to try this place. Today is my lucky day! So, off we went me and my brunch buddy, my daughter.
The place, La Boucherie was easy to find, nestled in the corner of a shopping complex along the intersection of #Turkey Lake Road and #Sand Lake Road, Le Boucherie was right at the corner. Knowing that they open at 10:00 A.M. for brunch, we went 30 minutes earlier to beat the crowd, especially in this current environment. Masks on, we walked through the doors. I immediately noticed the cozy outdoor seating by the main entrance where a few patrons were enjoying their meals.
The greeter was cheery, very welcoming, and very professional. He guided us to a corner table for two right by a shelf of some wine selection. Wow! The feeling you get once inside @La Boucherie is that of being in an upscale establishment where the interior design, furniture selection is impressive. A combination of dark wood, the black and white cow’s hide design on some of the chairs with splashes of reds, and the very modern grey floor was very appealing. I liked the layout of the place. One thing I check and observe is the floor. This place has immaculate floors which I appreciated. It allows an easy flow of traffic and at which time, there was more than enough space for social distancing.
I took a quick peek at the covered patio seating and it was cozy as well. Gas-lighted torches warmed up the area which was for sure very welcoming to diners seated outside as it was a chilly morning.
Later on during the meal, I made a quick trip to the restroom, as this was another place I take into consideration when checking out local places. It was very clean and one can’t help but notice the well thought of interior design as well.
The La Boucherie staff was very efficient with the seating. The bar right at the entrance was manned by a very pleasant gentleman. From what I saw on the brunch menu, will sure be busy with serving the bottomless mimosas and Sangria.
Another thing I noticed was that they offer “Energizers”. Irish coffee with whiskey, #Espresso Martini, and a #Carajillo, a mixture of espresso and Licor. Hah! I am sure it will be quite an energizer to sample any of those. I and alcohol do not seem to have a loving relationship, however, so I settled for the classic cappuccino. I’m somewhat conventional, what can I say, haha!
Browsing the menu, I noticed the choices of #Benedicts and #Omelets right away. They even have a selection of fares from the griddle. Top round steak and eggs, who would have thought? The sandwich selection featured a Brunch Burger, Chicken & waffles, and the popular Frenchie/Paris Sandwich.
Being a dessert lover, I was impressed by the dessert selection! #Profiteroles, Pecan pie, Sweet #Crepes (I love crepes!), a floating island (a soft meringue in a bed of Creme Anglaise, topped with roasted Almonds & caramel), the popular #Creme Brulee, and chocolate mousse. We opted for the Creme Brulee at the end of our meal which turned out to be exceptional. Just the right texture and sweetness, very creamy and quite a delight to the taste buds.
Our server was a very charming and pleasant young lady named Sara. She helped explain some of the selections and provided information that the owner of the restaurant grow their own coffee! Knowing this, I just had to try it. I opted for the cappuccino which came quite promptly in a very nice mug, personalized with the restaurant’s name and logo. Impressive, @laboucherieusa!
Even the silverware was engraved with their brand logo including the sugar holders, appetizer plates, and dinner plates. Very proprietary and exclusive. It bespeaks a business that takes pride in its brand and attends to the seemingly mundane details.
Getting hungrier by the minute from browsing the menu, it was hard to decide between an omelet and the benedicts. I gave in to the Salmon Florentine Benedict,
My daughter Leann opted for the Shrimp and grits benedict: grit cake, sauteed spinach, fried shrimp, poached eggs, chorizo, and french creole hollandaise sauce.
When the food came, I can tell just by its looks that this was made with such careful artistry by the chef. It looked fresh, well, and very neat on the plate. See for yourself!
Tastewise? The texture of the La Boucherie homemade croissants was impressive. Flaky that seems to crumble with the fork and almost melts in the mouth: very light. The eggs were perfectly poached, not rushed, the sauteed spinach was tasty and well cooked as well. The sauces were just perfect, not overpowering to the palate, and made the whole entree come together as you savor the different textures and tastes.
Even the potatoes were fried with fresh oil I can tell. The shrimp were lightly battered which allowed one to really enjoy the shrimp flavor and texture with each bite, not overcooked or over-fried.
We settled for good old creme brulee for dessert. Again, great texture and just the right caramelization of sugar on top. It was adorned by three frozen blueberries which added to its visual appeal.
Overall, the experience was quite pleasing. Between the ambiance and great food, great service at La Boucherie just made it all the more worthwhile to experience.
Of note, the La Boucherie dinner menu looked very intriguing as well and I will surely come back to experience that as well!
Have you been to this place before? I would love to hear about your experience. 🙂
Until next blog!