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My first wedding dress fitting was this past Friday, so in preparation I cut out weekday drinking and carbs. Immediately afterwards, I celebrated by doubling up on my weekday drinking and carbs, courtesy of Sonsie’s weekday brunch.

Sonsie Brunch

Sonsie has been in Boston for 25 years and has always been one of my go-to spots in Back Bay. Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are rumored to frequent this neighborhood staple, and I’ve been in many times for their appetizers and oyster shooters, but I had never tried their brunch – let alone on a weekday. Sonsie’s front café seating has French doors opening out to the beautiful Newbury Street, and the cozier lounge in the back has swanky leather sofas and a mahogany bar for an upscale feel. My mom joined me last Friday and we picked a bright table in the front café area for prime people watching.

Sonsie brunch

We wanted to kick off brunch with a celebratory cheers so we ordered a chardonnay and a house sparking rosé for that purpose. The additional frosés were the extra alcoholic beverages we needed to stomach the absurd cost of wedding dress alterations. But wedding banter aside, the bubblegum pink colored frozen rosé’s had a sweet strawberry flavor with the consistency of a thick slushie.  They definitely hit the spot on that 90 degree day.

Sonsie brunch

As a starter, we ordered the lobster spring rolls. Six stuffed rolls came on a beautiful bed of pale green wasabi aioli, drizzled soy sauce, and sprinkled mint leaves. The ingredients were incredibly fresh and the rolls had a nice crunch, but the wasabi aioli nearly set our mouths ablaze. That stuff was hot, like clear-your-sinuses-tears-streaming-down-your-face hot. Our drinks definitely went down faster during that course (or at least that’s what we’re blaming it on).

Sonsie brunch

For main dishes, my mom ordered the smoked salmon plate and I ordered the eggs Benedict, which barely fit on our small café table.

Sonsie Brunch

The smoked salmon came wrapped in the shape of a beautiful rose and was placed on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and onions and sprinkled with capers. On the side was a lightly toasted bagel and a small portion of cream cheese. It was a unique and beautiful presentation for this traditional dish, and it hit the mark with taste. And for anyone who knows my mom, she doesn’t give out compliments frivolously.

Sonsie Brunch

The eggs Benedict had a more conventional presentation with two poached eggs served on plush, doughy English muffins with Canadian bacon and hollandaise sauce. Unfortunately the eggs were overdone with firm yolks which made the dish too dry.  The home fries on the side also tasted like they may have been under the heat lamp for a little too long, granted that didn’t stop me from having a few…and a few more on the way out the door.

The Bitches say:  three Champagne flutes!

I will inevitably return to Sonsie on a future stroll down Newbury Street for their fun cocktails and potential celebrity sightings, but I wouldn’t rush back for their weekday brunch offerings.

Sonsie serves weekday brunch Monday – Friday from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Meghan Morrissey

Boston Food Editor

When Meghan is home from her global travels as a pharmaceutical marketer, you can find her tapping back at a spin class or tapping into Boston's restaurant and bar scene. She's never met a Belgian waffle she didn't like and lives by the motto work hard, brunch harder.

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