We don’t like limitations. If we want to eat brunch for dinner, we will. Caffé at La Centrale agrees that brunch for dinner is totally cool — in fact, they encourage it. The first-floor restaurant offers brunch all day long, so when that eggs Benedict craving hits you day or night, you know where to go.
You can’t have brunch without adult beverages, of which there are many at Caffé. A personal favorite is the Aperol Spritz, which is a refreshing break from the tried-and-true frozen rose aka frose. Basics need not worry, as frose is also available along with the usual brunch libations.
On the food side of things, selections are diverse. Those who prefer O.G. brunch staples can nosh on items like the Salmon Benedict with a tasty ponzu hollandaise and chunky avocado (nom). Patrons who want something a little out of the box should look no further than the Blueberry Flatbread, a gorgonzola and mascarpone creation that sounds super sweet on paper, but is actually not — it’s a subtle balance of sweet and savory thanks to ingredients like almonds and caramelized onion puree to cut the fruit.
While those two dishes are notable, the Tres Leches Pancakes steal the show. It’s not even close. To us, they’re more like cuatro leches pancakes due to the dulce de leche, but honestly the name doesn’t matter. All you need to know is that they will instantly perk up your palate. The pancakes could easily double as dessert, but if you want something lighter, the Dolci Bigne (profiteroles flight) or the Cioccolato (chocolate mousse) should do the trick. There’s no wrong choice except avoiding sweets altogether.
Caffé at La Centrale has made us rethink dinner. While we’ve always flirted with the idea of brunch for dinner, we’ve never really done it (aside from the occasional late-night bowl of cereal, if that counts). Fortunately for us, Caffé has made our brunch dream a reality.