One of the most common questions I’m asked is: Where do I get Sunday brunch in Salt Lake? While the list is shorter than I would like, there are some great options—including Bambara at Hotel Monaco downtown.
Sunday brunch is now being served at Bambara from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with bar service beginning at 11:30 a.m. so you can enjoy a bloody Mary, mimosa or the tart and sassy Cal-Mosa ($11) made with grapefruit, Campari and prosecco.
Executive Chef Nathan Powers’ favorite dishes such as the Bambara Benedict ($11-13) and classic Caesar salad ($8-12) have joined new brunch items including The Chef's Honkin’ Breakfast Burrito ($12), the grilled chicken club sandwich ($12) and the American Wagyu Burger ($16).
Other options include the “Omelette of Your Design” ($12) which we enjoyed with white cheddar, ham, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. We also ordered a side of bacon ($5) that was so well-prepared we asked the chef to come out and tell us what made it so special. (The secret is using Niman Ranch bacon cooked in the oven at approximately 350-400 F degrees for 12-18 minutes. To soak up all that grease? Use layers of newspaper! We’ve since tried this at home—Niman Ranch bacon is available at Costco—and have been wildly successful at recreating Bambara’s bacon masterpiece. Thank you!)
Most interesting on the menu was the Croque Madame ($11) which Chef Powers fell in love with in Europe. “I have always loved grilled cheese variants—patty melts, croques, etc.,” says Powers. “I remember having one on the TGV in France going 150 mph drinking champagne and thinking ‘they know how to do it right’. When we decided to do the brunch thing, it was a natural fit.”
To over-simplify it, Croque Madame is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich using a thick, quality ham slab and melty Gruyere that is then slathering with bechamel cream sauce and a fried egg. Bambara’s addicting herbed frites are served on the side with plenty of fried sage. The serving size was enough to feed a small army and/or beat any hangover but I didn’t regret one bite of such a treat because, unlike the bacon, I won’t be whipping this one up at home.
Don’t worry if healthier options are on your diet plan however. Bambara will deliver egg whites ($3), whole grain pancakes ($8), Greek non-fat yogurt ($5) and housemade granola with berries ($9) if you desire.
202 South Main Street