Friday, August 13, 2010
Marchand's Bar & Grill - St Petersburg, FL
It has been forever since I have been here for the Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch, but I finally made it back again recently. This is a very beautiful restaurant located in the Vinoy Resort in downtown St Petersburg. When walking inside, you almost feel like you are in a different era with the elegant surroundings. When you dine during Sunday brunch, you can expect your server to give a run down of the offerings of the day and then he will take your drink order. The Sunday buffet comes with champagne or mimosas, or your usual breakfast beverages if you chose not to imbibe. After you order drinks, let the fun begin.
On the day my family and I were there, we headed straight for the seafood table. There we enjoyed a seafood hot pot, salmon, mahi mahi, crab legs, etc. We did rather bypass the egg benedict station because there were too many things to try. However, if you want an omelette, make sure to order one from you server. Omlettes are part of the buffet, but they are not at the egg station and the order goes back to the kitchen. Next, we made our way to the meat table where there was some lovely chicken and some short ribs that we all enjoyed. We nibbled our way around the buffet just to get a taste of anything that looked interesting. At long last, we made our way to the cheese and dessert station. There was a lot to choose from and my son's favorite was the red velvet cupcake. However, what stuck out for me was what I believe was a strawberry trifle. There were bits of cake, berries, and whip cream and it was a perfect end to brunch.
This is an excellent brunch offered in beautiful surroundings. I don't particularly like to do buffets because it rather defeats the point of dining out and it is a little bit too easy to overindulge. However, save it for an occasional treat and indulge at Marchand's.
Marchand's Bar and Grill
Renaissance Vinoy Resort
501 5th Ave Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33701