D.C. is known for its over-the-top brunch status, but if there’s one thing it could use a little more of, it’s the all-day cafe concept that’s found all over cities like NY and LA. Luckily, the times are changing and we have been blessed by the Bluestone Lane gods.
Bluestone Lane is an Aussie cafe that just opened on 23rd street by GWU and West End. Corporate folk in this area, including myself, now have a spot for high quality eats to accompany their coffee, or the plethora of additional beverage options offered at Bluestone lane for that matter.
My boyfriend and I walked into the brand new retail space and were instantly impressed by the amount of natural light that flooded this restaurant. There are few places in D.C. we can recall to have such incredible floor to ceiling windows surrounding the entire area. Fluffy pastries greet you as you make your way into line, followed by consistent crisp white and green tones throughout the restaurant.
Bluestone Lane’s vibe is fresh with tons of plants and succulents accenting each table. Beautiful hostesses, with their beautiful Australian accents, helped us to our table and we instantly knew this was going to be an incredibly delicious and belly-warming dining experience.
First up, some drinks. Andrew ordered from their earthy, delicious-looking tea menu, and I got a Matcha latte. Matcha is one of those things I love to order, but it’s hardly on any brunch menus in D.C. Luckily, Bluestone Lane is on trend.
Our drinks were piping hot and served in a petite glass and a branded mug. My matcha was glowing. Literally, I have never seen something so vibrant. This was one of the best matcha lattes I have ever had. Sometimes, matcha is overly sweetened and leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This one, however, was perfect. Andrew’s tea was soothing and refreshing and didn’t let us down.
As for the eats, we ordered a combination board that came with half of an avocado smash, and a yogurt parfait, a breakfast bowl filled with salmon and veggies and quinoa, and the gluten-free banana bread French toast, to top it all off.
This avocado smash. By far the best avocado toast I have had in the District of Columbia. It was creamy, well seasoned, and on a crusty, crunchy, grainy piece of sourdough. The parfait was light and sweet, and had a delicious lemon custard on top for additional tart, candy-like flavor. The only issue I had with this combo board is that I wanted a full portion of both. I did not expect to like the flavors happening here to this level.
Andrew’s bowl was spot on. Fluffy quinoa, salty feta, buttery lox, and a runny egg. All the flavors were delicious. The bed of kale all of the ingredients rested upon could have been slightly softer or chopped more, since kale is quite tough. But, all in all, great dish.
The banana bread French toast was basically grilled banana bread. It had a nice crunchy exterior and a thick interior. The bread was not overly sweet and was paired with some whipped ricotta, honey, and fresh fruit. Sometimes, even our lighter brunches can end on an indulgent note, but the light flavors of our meal at Bluestone Lane didn’t have us feeling the slightest bit of guilt.
The Bitches say: A. Bluestone Lane is all you want out of a down right casual, delicious brunch. It’s definitely not the typical fancy, boozy brunch we have come to love around D.C., but it’s exactly what this city needs.
Bluestone Lane serves its brunch items daily beginning at 8 a.m. (718) 374-6858