My morning brunching at Black Lamb was nothing short of excellent. I attended a lovely spread put together for some local bloggers, and I have honestly never tasted so many wonderful plates in my entire life!
Located in the South End, Black Lamb is brought to us by Bar Mezzana’s Colin and Heather Lynch. The sleek space is located on the corner of the block with a small outdoor patio and a light-filled interior. There is a full bar and a small space in the back where you can watch while oysters are shucked.
My mom joined me for this event and we were brought to the back room where we ordered two lattes and chatted before the dishes started to arrive. I was excited to share this culinary adventure with other bloggers. The first things round of delicacies included oysters, jumbo shrimp, marinated Castelvetrano olives, “eggs mimosa,” and truffled scallops.
The oysters slid right out of the shells, the jumbo shrimp had a beautiful crunch, and the truffled scallops packed an abundance of flavor. Eggs mimosa are the french version of deviled eggs. There was not a spicy ingredient used in the recipe, therefore they are not “deviled”. Do not let the size of these fool you, they might be small but the flavor impact is anything but.
Banana bread, fresh fruit with yogurt and granola, and a cabbage and shiitake salad were the next dishes brought to the room. The banana bread was warm to the touch, thick-cut, and topped with a dollop of whipped butter. The granola bowl was perfect for a light breakfast and topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The toppings plus crunchy granola were the perfect blend of fresh tastes! While we nibbled on all of the fabulous dishes, I ordered a white cosmo and my mom went with a Bloody Mary.
I cleansed my palate with the rest of my latte and was immediately amazed by the cabbage and shiitake salad. The salad was topped with fried oysters, and I went back for seconds with no shame. The delicata squash was served topped with greens and reminded me of the love I had for this fall vegetable! The white cosmo was refreshing and had a powerful citrus flavor (that I loved). It was chilled and the white cranberry flavor was perfect for the sunny fall morning.
Topped with powdered sugar, the corn madeleines were up next. They are baked fresh-to-order for each table, ensuring they will be enjoyed warm. I would explain these as “miniature cornbread delights.” I sat there and wished I had a fresh latte to dip them in, but could have probably finished all of them with or without the latte’s assistance.
The food felt like it was never ending and I almost gasped when the king crab legs were brought out next. They were indeed the largest crab legs I have ever seen and sat in a bowl of chili lemon butter. For those who aren’t regulars on the crab leg circuit, the flavors are a close cousin to lobster without all of the extra work trying to break the meat out of the shell. With the king crab legs came an egg sandwich and French toast.
The egg sandwich is served on a parker house roll with smoked ham, cheddar cheese, and some slices of avocado. The roll was petite and did not overpower the contents of the sandwich. I was too full to actually try a bite but I brought one home to my boyfriend Richie and he consumed it in less than 5 minutes, so it is safe to say that it was a grade-A sandwich. The French toast was crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside. The strawberry pieces were a nice touch, but compared to the other offerings, the French toast was not as exciting.
I ordered one last non-alcoholic drink before leaving; the salted grapefruit gimlet. I was sticking with the citrus theme. This is a great option that makes you feel like you are having a fancy drink without actually consuming alcohol. I had a long to-do list the rest of the Saturday, so I opted out of having a buzz. But if you feel like continuing the party, the gimlet is served with a London dry gin as well!
Black Lamb should become your go-to location in the South End for raw bar specialties and traditional brunch offerings in a bright and sophisticated space.
I am still in awe of the amazing flavors I tried on this, the tastiest morning of my life! All items are available for order à la carte on the brunch menu.
The Bitches say: 5 Champagne flutes!
Black Lamb serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.