Paul Martin’s American Grill has launched a summer weekend brunch menu which will run until September 2nd. Every Saturday and Sunday, between 11am and 2pm, a 2-course brunch menu is offered for $19 which includes freshly baked bread, fresh fruit bowl, a cocktail of your choice and an entree.
We started with a few cocktails. One of my friends had the Bloody Mary using a house made mix with bacon and olives. I love Bloody Marys but chose not to waste all my carbs on this because there was a lot of food to try.
A couple of us chose the Bistro Champagne Lemonade with house infused meyer lemon vodka, lemon juice and basil, topped with Gloria Ferrer champagne.
There are several types of breads available so make sure you try them all slathered with the creamy butter served alongside.
Our Fresh Fruit Bowl arrive with a mix of honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and grapes.
Entrees include omelettes: Fresh Bay Shrimp was good — if you like shrimp as you get a load of shrimp with every mouthful.
If you’re wanting a vegetarian option, the Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato omelette is very fresh and light, albeit required a touch more salt which I was happy to oblige. Egg dishes all come with potatoes.
Eggs Benedict is a simple no-nonsense dish. My poached eggs were a bit overcooked and after mentioning it to the staff, they re-fired it and brought me a perfectly cooked one. The Hollandaise is not too thick — just the way I like.
I had a taste of the French Toast as well, but since I don’t have a sweet palate, I can only tell you it was okay. It wasn’t overly sweet — which is a good thing — and the vanilla bean infused cream, cinnamon, nutmeg with maple-Bourbon syrup came together nicely. Not greasy or soggy at all.
The Bay Shrimp Louie Salad was probably everyone’s favorite. I was surprised at how vibrant and filling this was. Romaine, bay shrimp, egg, radish, tomato, red onion, avocados served with a Louie dressing was just delicious.
The greens are dressed lightly in a vinaigrette before the salad is compiled — a great touch in my book seeing most of the time, the Louie dressing just becomes too thick on the salad and if you don’t add more dressing, then the salad is bland.
We ended up ordering dessert as well and while we waited, ordered more cocktails ($4 for your second one at brunch — what a bargain!).
Raspberry Creme Brulee ($9) with shortbread cookies was rather nice. Not too rich and the vanilla bean flavor in the custard portion was prominent throughout.
Homemade Ice Cream ($6) changes daily so ask your server for the flavors of the day. My favorite of that day was mocha.
Now, I am a huge fan of Banana Cream Pie ($8) and the one here is light with layers of vanilla bean pastry cream, chocolate (which I could have done without), bananas and fresh whipped cream. This was again, not overly sweet and very airy!
I never thought I would like Strawberry Shortcake ($9) but it totally surprised me. Served with the beautiful strawberries which are currently in season, the homemade shortcake biscuits are topped with cream and remained texturally pleasing throughout.
Brunch is a leisurely activity, meant to be enjoyed with someone and Paul Martin’s has offered one of my readers the opportunity to win brunch for two. Leave me a comment with your full name telling me who you would bring to brunch and what you would order if you win. Entries are to be in by Sunday and winner will be announced Monday. Good Luck!
Paul Martin’s American Grill
31 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618