Boston Bloggers Brunch: Temple Bar

by agirlandhermutt on December 14, 2011

FYI…brunch is where it is at. Seriously. It has all the makings of the perfect meal. A combo of breakfast and lunch options, booze, and a nap to follow.

This past Saturday I was thrilled to be a part of my very first brunch with the Boston Brunchers at Temple Bar in Cambridge.


When I arrived I was greeted with a plateful of delicious bakery bites, including banana bread and a chocolate chip muffin. I’m pretty sure that if given the opportunity I could have munched on the banana bread for my entire breakfast.

While I was perusing the drink list I came across this goodie. A Man-Mosa? Has anyone ever had beer with orange juice? The idea just makes me shudder in disgust, but I’d be willing to give it a try if at least one person says they have done this. No? None of you? 😉

Fortunately I was saved from ordering the man-mosa at the last minute when they brought out a specialty cocktail just for us bloggers. How nice!

When it came to decide what to eat I was having a serious dilemma. They had things like Cinnamon Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast and House Citrus & Fennel Salmon Gravlax. However, I couldn’t resist the “Croque” Eggs Benedict. They let me substitute smoked salmon for the ham (thank you for the option!). I’m always afraid I’m going to have plate envy. Not this time folks! I was so happy to see this plate when it arrived.

The eggs were poached perfectly. The hollandaise sauce was creamy and just the right amount of heavy without feeling totally overwhelming. When I was done eating I didn’t feel like I had been taking shots of whole milk or anything. You know what I mean, right?

I also loved that there was 2 pieces of sourdough bread that made almost a sandwich with the smoked salmon in between. The homefries were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Gross homefries are the killer to any brunch so I was happy to have these make the grade.

My first drink disappeared really quickly (weird, huh?) so I ordered up a spin on the classic Tequila Sunrise. They used jalapeno tequila and it totally worked. Especially since it was about 11am. Woot for mid-morning drinking!

Once I had chug-a-lugged through 2 drinks and a big ol’ plate of goodness I was seriously rethinking the tights that I was wearing. Oy. But wait. Brunch wasn’t over! The servers started bringing out deserts for us all to share. Chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce, crème brulee with cardamon, pumpkin mousse, and a cranberry cake.

The standouts for me were definitely the bread pudding and crème brulee. The bread pudding was moist, creamy and almost savory. I had no idea I would enjoy bread pudding so much! I think everyone else was surprised by it too because this sucker was gobbled down in minutes.

The cranberry cake was good from what I hear. When the plate got to our end of the table it looked it had been enjoyed thoroughly. 😉

I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much from Temple Bar’s brunch. I’m happy to report that I was totally off base. Not only was the food delish, and plentiful!, but the service was fantastic. I enjoyed that they offered up a few substitution suggestions, favorite drink choices, and all while being super quick with their service. I will definitely return to Temple Bar and I’m bringing friends!


Big thanks to the Boston Brunchers bunch for organizing a fun Saturday morning and another thanks to Temple Bar for being so accommodating to our group.



Yo. Just a note. Brunch was provided to us for no charge, but all opinions on the food and service are all my own.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea @ Vegvacious December 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Brunch is hands down is my favourite meal to go out for and yours looked fabulous!!!


Tiffany December 15, 2011 at 12:00 am

Wow, your meal and drinks look absolutely magical! I had Eggs Benedict this wknd and there is nothing like a perfectly poached, fluffy egg right? That is one of my go to’s on a brunch menu because I’m afraid I’ll have plate envy but know I can never go wrong with some Bene!


Allison December 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

What was your first drink?! The little star decoration looks cute! Oh em gee, just reading the name of that frech toast has got me craving some!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Man-mosa?! BARF! But I can top off any meal with bread pudding!
The blogger brunch sounds like such a fun idea. I seriously need to get off my arse and organize something for my DC peeps.


nicole marie December 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm

brunch: “a combo of breakfast and lunch options, booze, and a nap to follow.”

seriously? you need to submit this definition to urban dictionary! i love your description, and i LOVE brunch! perhaps i should coordinate it into my friday somehow. 😉 x


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