After a long few weeks of brunching like a Basic Bitch, I was looking for something a little bit different. Our Marketing Bitch, Shruti, was visiting from NYC, so I made sure we’d have somewhere fun to go in her honor. Feeling adventurous, we decided to try Filipino food for the first time at Purple Patch. Purple Patch is located Mount Pleasant, in a neighborhood I had not spent much time in, which is a shame because after this visit, I’m obsessed.
Purple Patch is a small restaurant and bar housed in a converted row house. The dimly lit bar downstairs was reserved for a party so we sat in the sunny upstairs dining room. With comfy armchairs, leafy greens on the walls and sunshine streaming in, it was a lovely spot to catch up with my friend.
In desperate need of some hair of the dog, Shruti opted for the ginger lemon mimosa, and I the pineapple. We were intrigued by these two flavors that you don’t typically see on a brunch cocktail menu. Hers was excellent, but I felt mine was too tart and later switched drinks.
We met the owner Patrice Cleary, a boss lady who calls the restaurant “her baby.” She and her staff could not have been more kind, welcoming, and knowledgeable about Filipino food. They walked us through the menu, a mix of American fare and Filipino specialties.
We started with Purple Patch’s version of a parfait. I appreciated that it wasn’t your typical layered fruit salad, and instead utilized Greek yogurt, blueberries, pineapple, mint, and toasted coconut with honey syrup. Overall it was too watery from the pineapple, but I was pleased to not have to avoid any honeydew melon.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a weakness for chicken and waffles, so I was drawn to the waffle with ube ice cream and Filipino fried chicken. The fried chicken (served bone-in) is braised with soy and vinegar then fried, giving it a super rich flavor and keeping the meat moist. This traditional buttermilk waffle was dry, but the ube ice cream melted on top was delicious. This was our first introduction to ube, the Filipino yam which gives many Purple Patch dishes its signature purple color.
Shruti chose the tofu hash. The hash came with seasoned potatoes onion and red peppers on the side and garlic fried rice. The hash tasted great but needed a kick to it. Thankfully, hot sauce came to the rescue. It was hearty portion that was far too large for us to finish.
Fascinated by some of the more traditionally Filipino dishes on the menu, we also tried the Longanisa, a Filipino sweet garlic sausage. Quite frankly, it was delicious. We had it as a side but I’d love to have tried it on a dish with eggs and more. Alas, I’ll have to wait for next time.
We also couldn’t pass up the pretty purple ube pancakes with macapuno (coconut) syrup. Stack of four thin pancakes with an ube buttercream into between. The purple yam lends a natural sweetness to the dish, but with the buttercream frosting, it just tasted like cake. Seriously, these were the best pancakes I think I’ve ever had. They’re the perfect brunch dessert.
We left thinking that Filipino food might just be our newest brunch obsession. We can’t wait to go back for more.
The Bitches Say: B+. Swing by this homey spot to inject a little color and flavor into your brunch routine. Stick to the more traditional Filipino dishes, and you won’t go wrong. The ube pancakes are a must-order.
Purple Patch serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (202) 299-0022