Rose & Sons

Rose & Sons

First off: can someone explain why this restaurant is called both Rose & Sons and Rose & Sons Swan? We've always thought it was Rose & Sons Swan, but their menu copy disagrees.

If anything, however, this minor confusion suits their atmosphere. It's cozy, with scribbled drawings (Basquiat, or Basquiat-style) and tight booths. They also weren't playing any music, which made it feel more homey. (Side note: we once ate brunch at a restaurant that was playing EDM. Why? Who wants to hear that before noon? Hopefully this won't turn into a trend...)  

But the real highlight is the food. It's advertised as haute-style diner cooking, with a Southern twist. They don't have too many brunch options, but there are enough that every member of your party should be able to find something they like. 

 Tatiana's choice: Fat Pasha Hummus & Eggs

Tatiana's choice: Fat Pasha Hummus & Eggs

I'm not even a hummus person, but this was a top-notch choice. The slight spiciness of the chilli oil and the crispiness of the brussels sprouts were perfect together, and I really liked how the toast had a drizzle of olive oil instead of butter. I also enjoyed the texture and crunch of the pine nuts. To finish everything off, the eggs were fried just as I like them: crispy on the bottom with no wiggly whites (yes, I'm picky about my eggs, in case that isn't obvious from my last post). 

In short, everything about this meal was delicious and I have no complaints. 

Overall review: 5/5

 Jian's choice: All Day Breakfast

Jian's choice: All Day Breakfast

My breakfast option wasn't quite as good as Tatiana's. The sausages were basically hot dogs, so it reminded me a bit of something you might get at summer camp. I would also have preferred to have home fries rather than actual french fries for breakfast (although I did enjoy dipping my fries into Tatiana's hummus, much to her dismay). Having the salad on the side was nice, though, because it made me feel a tiny bit healthier. 

Overall review: not bad, but next time I want the hummus!

Much like our visit to County General, we'd recommend getting here pretty early if you want a seat. It also wouldn't be ideal for larger groups, because most of the restaurant is filled with booths that would be comfortable for up to four people only (unless you really love each other and want to cuddle up close).  

Rose & Sons brunch at a glance: 

  • Check out their menu here
  • Good for: couples and groups of no more than four
  • Parking: on the street only
  • Vegetarian-friendly but not vegan-friendly
  • Brunch hours: 9 am to 3 pm on weekends
 
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