Brunch Buffet Anyone? Q de Cheval Delivers The Goods

by Steven Doyle

There was a time when the brunch buffet ruled the dining scene across the country. Ladles of freshly scrambled eggs, crispy bacon by the buckets and an omelet, waffle and carving station were de rigueur. Vegas was built on the free cocktail, dazzling floors shows and the biggest buffet ever. But in more recent years this brunching trend has altered course with bellini and mimosa in hand.

Anthony Bourdain claims in his irreverent style that brunch is where the farm team of recent dishwashers learn their chops in a kitchen, and that it’s an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights.       

Perhaps this could be true in circumstances, but if you follow the big feeders such as hotels hotels, this often is not the case.

To prove this point we checked out the brunch at Addison’s InterContinental Dallas restaurant, Q de Cheval which bills itself as a modern Texas inspired menu focusing on fresh local favorites from the region with subtle influences from France.

You may order off the menu at Q de Cheval, but there is a spectacular old-school brunch buffet available. One of the true tests of such an operation is body count.  If the room is full, the food stays fresh. This was the case at Q.

The line-up included both a full on lunch and breakfast selection including a bounty of fresh fruit, breads and desserts. There was also the inclusive bottomless brunch cocktails such as Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Then there was the carving station. On our most recent visit the station including cut-to-order prime rib and full leg of lamb. The lamb was a bit on the dry side as it was fully cooked, but the prime rib was spot on with selections for any taste in doneness of the meat.

Our service was impeccable and we were told on numerous occasions that if we didn’t see something we wanted the chef would make it special for us.

Overall the brunch was impressive for $20 and would certainly make our way back again soon.

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