Cookshop: the addendum

I finally went to Cookshop for brunch last Saturday! (as I had so giddily announced in this entry after a romantic proclamation of my love for the place).  Here’s evidence:

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Buttermilk beignets with winter fruit compote and apple cider sauce

We started out with the beignets (again, per Sofia‘s recommendation). This is one of Cookshop’s most popular items and very rightly so. I really loved the fruit compote.

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Poached eggs with Virginia ham and multigrain toast in three-cheese fondue

The beignets’ plate was wiped clean in less than five minutes, but even after that we were still agonizing over which brunch items to order. Aditi settled for the poached eggs in three-cheese fondue and I went with the huevos rancheros.

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Cookshop’s interpretation of huevos rancheros

Our eggs arrived, and my oh my, I thought their dinner portion was extremely generous, but brunch portion was humongous. Aditi‘s poached eggs (so amazingly spherical!) came poised atop a thick slab of Virginia ham, all resting on a wholesome hunk of multigrained toast. Then, the best part of all, the whole thing was happily drenched with three-cheese fondue. So rich and so good! Calorie-counters, this is not the place for you.

And then, there was my huevos rancheros. Here’s the breakdown: three baked eggs, tomato ranchero sauce, really good beans, lime-creme fraiche, red onion, jalapeno & cilantro salsa, and monterey jack cheese. Very tasty and aesthetically pleasing to boot! I especially loved the red onion + jalapeno garnish.

Needless to say, we didn’t have room left for dessert, but even without the dessert we were already in paradiso (and actually went on to Chelsea Market for more fooding fun). Again for the second time, I really really recommend Cookshop for both brunch and dinner. But if you decide to go for brunch, please make sure to go with a beastly appetite, and dude, get the beignets!

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