Roaming pastry, meat, and veggie markets on cobblestone streets in Europe might sound romantic, yet unrealistic for your average weekend. But what if something similar to that Euro-esque fantasy was in reach? Sunday brunch at SoHo Beach House's Cecconi's is your answer.
Walk inside the eatery, nestled inside the quaint, art deco hotel, on a Sunday and journey through the closest thing Miami has to a European outdoor market. They call it the "Sunday Feast."
Designed by executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli, the extensive buffet lines the hotel lobby with five unique culinary stations ready to be explored. Diners stroll through the tables, pick and can choose as many dishes as they fancy. Then they can indulge inside the hotel or elect for outside seating in the airy, outdoor courtyard. But take note: You're in control of this brunch, so while drink service is provided, don't expect to be served.
It's best to start at the egg station, where you can order omelet-style or scrambled, and add toppings like onions, peppers, spinach, cheese, and tomatoes.
As the eggs sizzle, meander over to the raw bar, and find oysters, salmon tartar, shrimp, and fish salad; move on to the carving table for meats like roast beef and pork, and other dishes like quinoa salad, meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and a selection of pastas; then try the cold cut station for a range of salami, sausage, and cheese.
But make sure you have room to spare because there are dozens of pastries and desserts still waiting for you. From waffles and ricotta pancakes, to lighter options like freshly baked breads, bagels, croissants, and sandwiches, this brunch isn't the time to worry about carbs. And don't forget to pair your choice with a personal-size, homemade jelly.
As always, the best is saved for last. Walk through the buffet one more time, and get a plate filled with the ripest strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and pineapple. Or go all out with their fudge brownies, chocolate-chip cookies, banana and nut bread, or slice of cake or pie.
If you think this brunch can't get any sweeter, think again. $35 for unlimited visits to the buffet, with a complimentary bellini, bellboy, or mimosa. The full a-la-carte cocktail menu is available, but not needed for the brunch experience.
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And one last thing: There's a good chance you'll get a plate for each station at the buffet. But who's counting? Everyone knows Sunday brunch calories don't count.
The buffet brunch is offered every Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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