It was a brisk and sunny morning as I headed to the Hamilton Hotel’s 14K restaurant for brunch in D.C. with my lovely friend, Jen, who I don’t see nearly enough. We were invited to brunch on the house to experience the newly redesigned menu by the new Executive Chef Nezzar Battle.
The new menu is tapas-style American fare—sound familiar?—with bottomless mimosas for $15. First up, let’s talk about these mimosas. For just $15, you can choose from several different types of champagne cocktails. Of course, we tried them all. We started off with the standard mimosa which were quite lovely–bubbly and frothy. We made our way down the list, per our waitress’s suggestion. Each one was more unique than the last. I especially loved the 14K–aptly named for the flakes of 14 karat gold floating on top. The only one that we weren’t in love with was the Hamilton Royale. It was just a little too sweet for our liking, reminding us of a Jolly Rancher.
For our first course, I ordered the blue crab bisque and Jen chose the garlic-infused shrimp and heirloom tomato burrata. The salad was presented beautifully and was dressed with just the right amount of cherry balsamic glaze. The burrata was creamy and the tomatoes were fresh. My crab bisque was also delicious and quite flavorful.
We moved onto the egg portion of brunch and ordered a couple more mimosas. Jen went with the buffalo tomato Parmesan Benedict and I ordered the duck fat omelet. Jen’s dish was by far the prettiest dish of all. Served with a whole tomato instead of bread, this dish is perfect for gluten-free brunchers. There was plenty of prosciutto, the egg was cooked perfectly, and the sun dried tomato pesto was amazing. I stole more than a few bites of the yummy prosciutto and pesto from her plate. You need to love tomatoes if you order this dish. Just keep that in mind, folks.
My omelet was supposed to come with onions, tomatoes, Cremini mushrooms, scallions, prosciutto, pancetta, and goat cheese. I tasted all of the veggies, but got very few bites of the prosciutto, pancetta, or goat cheese. I also expected it to be a little greasier because of the duck fat, but I didn’t notice anything different about the taste of this omelet compared to others. The omelet was plated on top of a nest of shredded breakfast potatoes which Jen and I both enjoyed.
We ordered two specials next–the chimichurri steak and eggs and the red velvet chicken and waffles. I had been eyeing this dish all week and knew for certain I was going to order it. I was glad I did–it was gorgeous and delicious! I loved how the fried chicken was boneless which made it so much easier and prettier to eat. The waffle itself was delicious–it was flaky and sweet. We both loved how the bourbon pecan glaze was served on the plate underneath the waffle, as I’ve never been one for sweet sauce on my fried chicken. However, by the time I took photos of it and dug in, the waffle was over saturated with the sauce. If you order this dish and you don’t have a sweet tooth, I’d recommend asking for the syrup on the side. It was delicious and would be great for dipping, but a little goes a long way. This, however, did not stop us from devouring the entire dish.
The steak and eggs was served with an egg any style, himichurri sauce, and roasted Roma tomatoes. We ordered our steak medium and with a sunny side up egg. I thought the dish could have used a bit more flavor or kick to it—the sauce just wasn’t super memorable.
Finally, we made our way to dessert. We ordered the chocolate raspberry dome and the skillet cookie. These two dishes were both amazing and highlights of our meal. The chocolate dome was served with a raspberry on top and garnished with raspberry sauce. I didn’t taste raspberry in the actual dome, which was super rich and decadent. It was basically like a large truffle.
The skillet cookie was so good I almost contemplated ordering a second one–but I refrained! It was made with white chocolate, pretzel bites, sea salt, heath toffee, and topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. I didn’t notice too much pretzel or white chocolate–however, Jen and I finished this dish very quickly, so we didn’t take the time to analyze it. If you like toffee and caramel, this is the dish for you!
We enjoyed our brunch and absolutely loved the champagne cocktails and desserts. If you have a sweet tooth this is definitely a great brunch to check out. Although, we thought several of the dishes could have used some more flavor and pizzazz.
The Bitches say: B. Head here for the amazing and delicious bottomless mimosa deal. We recommend bringing a large group for strong drinks and tasty shared plates. We also can’t wait to try the sunny patio!
14K serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. (202) 218-7575