Sunday is not just any ordinary day of the week. It is the day of the Sun and marks the beginning of a new week. It is a day of rest, to reflect on the week past and ponder about the week ahead. And Sunday brunch is not simply a meal that occurs between the typical hours of breakfast and lunch. Oh no, Sunday Brunch is an affair. It is an occasion to gather and celebrate. It is a time to feast lavishly. And one of the best Sunday brunches in America is at The Breakers Palm Beach.
We have visited The Breakers a few times in the past to celebrate various occasions. Most recently, we were there to celebrate my mother’s birthday. Although the price of brunch has steadily risen over the past few years, it is still one of the best deals around and never disappoints. If you are a bruncher, then it needs to be on your list of places to visit.
Let’s start with the location. The Breakers Palm Beach is not just a luxury hotel. It is a sprawling 140-acre resort destination situated right on the Atlantic Ocean that houses 586 guests rooms, 8 restaurants, a 20,000 sq ft spa, 10 tennis courts, and two 18-hole golf courses. It was built in 1896 by oil, real-estate, and railroad tycoon Henry Flagler, one of America’s great industrialists. It is billed as “America’s first resort,” hosting a “who’s who” of early 20th-century America, including the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Astors, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan, vacationing alongside U.S presidents and European nobility. The names of today’s illustrious guests are kept under wraps to ensure privacy. This South Florida gem is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sunday Brunch takes place in The Circle restaurant, which is a dining room like no other. It boasts soaring 30-foot frescoed ceilings and eight oval murals depicting Renaissance landscapes such as the Villa Medici and Tivoli Gardens. This ambitious project brought in 75 artisans from Italy to complete these paintings. It is a true architectural gem. A massive chandelier hangs from the center of the room and large opulent windows look out onto the ocean. A Harpist, stringing classic melodies at your tableside, adds the finishing touches to an elegant ambience.
Be ready to feast like a king and queen. There are your breakfast standards, of course, such as eggs, breakfast meats, Belgian waffles, an array of fresh fruit, freshly baked breads, rolls, muffins and pastries. There are also made-to-order crepes and omelets. Eggs Benedict is one of my breakfast favorites and it is perfectly poached. Then, there are the more eclectic offerings such as sushi, Sevruga and Salmon caviar, pates, cured meats, imported cheeses, smoked fishes and shellfish, cornichons, and pastas.
As with any upscale brunch, you can expect to see a carving station. During our recent visit last month, there was delicious prime rib and baby lamb chops that were carved hot off the loin. On a prior visit in the summertime, there was beef tenderloin and pork chops.
My favorite, however, is the seafood bar, where you are absolutely spoiled. There are Alaskan king crab legs, Maine lobster tails and lobster claws, oysters, and jumbo shrimp. There is also ceviche. During this winter season, delicious stone crabs are available. During the summer, we enjoyed snow crab. All of the seafood is shipped fresh and never frozen, and best of all, it is all-you-can eat.
To wash down all the food is an endless supply of Mimosas (French champagne) and Bloody Marys. Our server ensured that my champagne glass stayed full, continually refilling it when it was only half-empty. My husband is very particular about his Bloody Marys, and agreed that these were some of the best he has had. You can have your Bloody Mary, which is made to perfection by the bartender, brought to your table, or opt to go the the Bloody Mary Bar where you can add your own garnishes, such as bacon, celery, cucumber, jumbo shrimp, olives, horseradish, and hot sauce.
Last, but by no means the least, is dessert. No, these are not the average desserts you’d expect to see at an all-you-can-eat brunch. An onsite pastry chef whips up over 30 decadent and exquisite pastries, including creme brulee, pies, parfaits, and no shortage of chocolates. Haagen daz ice cream is available at the Sundae station.
Sunday Brunch takes place from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Dress is daytime resort.
Cost is $110 per person, which is a deal considering the quantity and high quality of food that is available. A few stone crabs, beef tenderloin and a couple of cocktails at other fine restaurants can easily cost the same. Children aged 3 to 11 cost $50 per child. Tax and service charge not included.
Valet parking is free. Self-parking is also available.
When you’re in South Florida, make sure to not miss Sunday Brunch at The Breakers. It is a spectacular brunch experience sought after by seasoned travelers and Palm Beach locals alike.
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