Last Sunday I had brunch at a place I’d been intrigued by for awhile. Some friends were organizing a brunch, and they had mentioned Five Leaves as an option. As soon as I heard that, I secretly hoped that it would be the final choice. And it was!
There was a long wait, but with good company. I guess a hungry belly would be the only thing sensing any urgency. We were seated and greeted by the friendly staff. That’s one thing I took note of the whole time. Despite the busyness of the whole place, the staff wasn’t rushing anyone at all or giving off any bad vibes. It’s funny because I’m realizing now that I was initially intrigued solely by pictures, not by raving reviews. However, when I got there that’s when I realized I was in for a real treat when strangers were even telling me that “no joke, everything here is great!”
He flashed a smile after I snapped a picture.
I noticed that it’s a nautically themed space, and the layout reminded me of the bow of a ship.
Their menu has so many great choices, and I highly recommend checking them out even if you’re not in the area–great inspirations. And if you are in the area then definitely find yourself a table there! Check out their menus over here.
It was so delightful to look at when it came out, and seemed like something one could order and be content with simply that. I tried a bit of someone’s grapefruit, and it was equally delicious! Even the grapefruit-naysayer in the group had to give it a try after he heard everyone exclaiming over them. Still wasn’t up his alley, but that’s okay.
The salad is basically kale chopped into fine ribbons, a spicy anchovy dressing, aged gouda, and hazelnuts. The hazelnuts brought the whole thing together. The gravlax was just my personal addition, and a delicious one at that. Can you tell I was in a savory mood?
This was the ultra decadent plate of ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter, banana, blueberries, strawberries, and served with 100% pure maple syrup. Each pancake was the size of three regular pancakes uniting as one. Actually, this was like a cake made of pancakes and fruit topped off with a scoop of honeycomb butter. I was marveling at the syrup just flowing down the pancakes like a river, when I was told that it was actually the butter that was melting. Wow! How awesome is that? You can find breakfast fit for old royalty out in the BK.
Great conversation, great food, good laughs, noteworthy service, and… oh yeah, multiple rounds of Bloody Marys.
After brunch we walked around the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, and I just took in the “Sunday is a fun day” vibe.
That day felt like I was leaning back into a comfortable chair, and like any worries were a silly and unthinkable distance away.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed these past couple of days, and here’s a music video for your viewing and listening pleasure (I’ve been listening to this on full blast). Also, check out the Jenesequa app for our new summer issue full of great articles and a super fun editorial.