A few weeks ago, after an absolutely fantastic breakfast at Tilia, my friend and I sauntered past another breakfast venue, located right next door: Harriet Brasserie. The venue looked promising, and after they reached out to me on Twitter and asked if I’d stop in, I decided to give them a try. Heading to this Minneapolis restaurant was just a short jaunt compared to the hours we spend commuting to Tilia, so that put us in more positive moods this morning.
As only the second guests on this Saturday morning, we were seated at a large booth by the window right away. We sat right next to an entire wall of large paned windows, flooding the venue with glorious natural light. The interior of the restaurant was rustically trendy, featuring a wooden bar with build-in shelving. I absolutely loved the feel of the place – both classy and sophisticated and cleanly simple. Our waiter quickly brought us fantastic coffees in miniature cups and saucers.
The coffee really was delicious and I enjoyed several sips while scoping out the brunch menu, which offered a solid variety, including a variety of unique and classy dishes and combinations that I hadn’t seen before. The pancakes and Tofu Hash both looked particularly delicious and ended up as second choices for us. I settled on ordering the Oatmeal ($5) while my breakfast companion decided on the Crab Benedict ($13).
While waiting for our food we sat quietly, enjoying the fabulous sunshine and tasty coffee. Our meals came quickly, both perfectly presented in pristine white dishes. My oatmeal, which came brown sugared, buttered, and topped with dried blueberries and toasted almonds, was simply all right. The oats were steel cut and hearty, but the overall dish was less than exciting. The mini-portioned oatmeal wasn’t at all creamy and lacked any sweetness whatsoever. I even resorted to adding a little table sugar to keep me satisfied. All in all, not the best oats I’ve had.
My breakfast companion’s food was a little more satisfying than my oatmeal. The crab cake benedict came with avocado bacon emulsion and poblano hollandaise, looking almost too beautiful to eat. The crab cake was sweet and, combined with the egg, the stack was a tasty one. With the addition of the poblano hollandaise sauce, the dish tasted almost like a breakfast you’d have at a Mexican restaurant, but didn’t offer an unpleasant spice. Though the portion was rather small, it was definitely overall satisfying.
Overall, the interior design of Harriet Brasserie excited me more than the food did. While the coffee was delicious and we waited no time at all for a table on a Saturday morning, the expense for the mediocre food was too much. Some of their more unique menu items, however, did intrigue me, so perhaps it deserves a second chance. Another time, another breakfast, and maybe we’d be seeing 10s all around.
Coffee Quality: 9
Food Quality: 8
Quality of Service: 8
Menu Variety: 8
Overall Satisfaction: 7
Parking: street parking
Average Score: 7.8
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Check out their website or pop their address into your smartphone:
2724 W 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410