Brunch is one of my favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, everyone in the District feels the same way so the brunch calendar in the city is already booked up until September. For this reason alone I am a fan of restaurants like The Curious Grape. I recently visited for Sunday brunch and besides the delightful flight of Bloody Marys in a few of my favorite flavors, the no wait seating was the most appealing. Don’t be misunderstood, however, there were patrons throughout the entire restaurant but there was a flow that seemed to keep customers coming in and space opening up for each person who entered the restaurant. Perhaps it’s the space that the restaurant has or maybe it’s the efficiency of the restaurant in turning over tables that made things run so smoothly. Whatever it was it worked for me.
The menu raised my curiousity about the person prepping the dishes in the back. The brunch menu goes all over the place. You would either appreciate the broad range or be irritated to find that your favorite bacon and eggs breakfast is not lining the menu. For the curious grape in you, however, you will be intrigued by dishes such as the Austrian Pancake Souffle and the Chinese Breakfast, which is a true trip through authentic Chinese fare. Brunch does equal a lunch portion, which the Curious Grape does a good job at with their Spice-Roasted Chicken versus their Penne Pasta, which ironically disappoints with little to no flavor.
Brunch should be a time of R&R with plenty o’ food and libations. The Curious Grape ensures you have all the tools you need for a good brunch. No wait, plenty of diverse dining options and a playful cocktail menu…brunch anyone??