Oh, what a beautiful morning it was, starting the day at Miel. Seema and Jimmy Phillips launched weekend brunch a month ago at their unlikely Sylvan Park eatery, and after salivating over the thought of orange-custard French toast and Benton's bacon, we finally got to the old Johnson's Meat Market this Sunday to try out Miel's morning meal.
Welcome, happy morning. First came the basket of warm French bread rolls, butter and apricot preserves, followed quickly by a French press for two ($7) and thick Callebaut hot chocolate smothered in fresh whipped cream ($5).
Warmed with cocoa and caffeine, we settled in for a feast prepared by the bustling early crew in Miel's open kitchen. Three large fingers of lightly egg-soaked French toast ($12) arrived slathered vibrantly with orange-infused crème fraiche and berry compote, with a tiny pitcher of warm maple syrup. Five dollars bought three long, thick rashers of chewy Benton's bacon, which made their way around the table to an accompaniment of quiet cooing, all but leaving a sultry trail of smoke behind them.
Shrimp and grits bathed in a rich pepper-studded ragout ($13) came with spoon-sized biscuity balls of rosemary bread, and the cheese plate ($10) arrived with gouda, delice de bourgogne and herbed chèvre arrayed around a sliced fig, with almonds and a drizzle of honey. An $8 bowl of yogurt over house-made granola with macerated berries, strings of orange zest and a sprig of mint made a beautiful breakfast bounty.
We left plenty of food on the menu to try in future visits, and we'll look forward to starting the day with braised short ribs with poached eggs ($14) and muesli with currants, apples and nuts ($10)--especially when the weather improves and Seema's perennials begin to bloom on the secluded patio.
Located at 343 53rd Ave., Miel serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.