I'm sure I've said this before, but it bears repeating: Brunch is my favorite meal of the week. There's simply nothing better than pissing away a Sunday afternoon in the company of eggs and bloody Marys -- or, in the case of theVillage Cork
, eggs and foie gras, which you can get beginning this Sunday, whenSamir Mohammad
, the exec chef of the Village Cork (and ourBest of Denver 2012 Best Rising Chef
), rolls out brunch service.
"With everything that's closed on South Pearl Street, it's been like Pearl Street Harbor down here, and I want to bring more energy back to the neighborhood," says Mohammad. "And the vibe here during the day is so different from at night. It's light and sunny, and a great place to spend a leisurely Sunday morning," he adds, noting, too, that he's curing his own bacon and gravlox, making his own yogurt, Boursin and pâté, and mixing his own granola, all of which you'll find on the menu alongside buckwheat pancakes, French toast and brioche and sausage gravy.
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But it's the foie eggs Benedict, which Mohammad calls Hunters eggs, that made my heart stop thumping when I dropped in last week for a tasting. "I was roaming through the Escoffier book, which has something like 250 egg recipes, and I saw a recipe for Hunters eggs that's made with foie gras, and all I could think of was how genius it was," he says.
I'm in agreement, but you can judge for yourself when the doors swing open at 10:30 a.m. Bring an appetite: You'll need it. Until then, you can live vicariously through the photos.
Housemade yogurt parfait stacked with fresh berries, housemade granola and a cherry and apple compote. House-cured gravlox sidekicked with accouterments: capers, arugula, diced red onions, bread and housemade herb-and-garlic Boursin cheese. Brioche buns blanketed with duck sausage gravy and scallions, and served with home fries. Hunters eggs: Duck-and-truffle mousse pâté and poached eggs on brioche rolls draped with lemon-kissed Hollandaise sauce. Yes -- it might kill you, and, yes, it's absolutely worth taking the risk. Amazing. Braised pork belly straddling white polenta topped with cheddar, eggs and scallions. Buckwheat pancakes with fruit compote and real maple syrup. House-cured apple-smoked bacon with eggs, roasted home fries and toast.