Harlan Publick is well known as a mainstay in the dynamic dining and nightlife scene in SoNo (South Norwalk Ct.). We were pleased to discover that Harlan also serves brunch on Sunday and we more than happy to sample some of their offerings.
Harlan Publick is tucked away in a little cul-de-sac right off Washington Street in vibrant SoNo . It is steps away from the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. The restaurant and bar is a fine spot for brunch as we discovered on a late winter afternoon. The large wall of windows fills the space with warm sunlight. The decor is a mix of modern elements mixed with traditional materials such as shiplap wood siding and wooden tables. The menu too mixes traditional dishes with more modern offerings.
We shared a Bread Basket ($10) which was a fine selection of fresh baked cornbread, monkey bread, croissant , and biscuits. A nice and homey way to start the meal.
House Smoked Salmon($13) , a traditional brunch offering was delicious and was served with garnish and toasted challah points.
The Local Burrata ($14) was a ball of soft fresh burrata cheese served over a bed of arugula, prosciutto, tomato fondue, and drizzled with a delicious aged balsamic. A fine dish to enjoy alone or share.
For the vegetarian in your party, or healthy eater, the Beet, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad ($14) is a light refreshing choice and something you may not expect at lunch. This tasty dish is prepared with Asian Pear, almonds and sherry vinaigrette. For more taste, you may add chicken, shrimp or salmon.
Looking for something more hearty, try the Southern staple, Country Fried Chicken and Waffle ($17) which includes several pieces of fried chicken drenched in a smoked maple syrup glaze and served on a waffle.
The Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes was another hearty dish and served with celery root, apple slaw, chips and a spicy Cajun remoulade. A very satisfying selection and not one we usually see at brunch. For the mainstream diner, have no fear, as French Toast, omelettes, and steak and eggs also grace the menu.
What would Sunday Brunch be without cocktails and Mimosas, Bellinis, and the Harlan Bloody Mary are also available either by the glass or as part of a bottomless brunch (add $18 per diner). There is an extensive wine list as well as several local craft brews on tap.
If you are looking for a new brunch experience, head out to SoNo in Norwalk and enjoy a fun meal at Harlan Publick. We hope to return soon as the warm weather will also mean Harlan we reopen their outdoor space.
127 Washington Street Norwalk, Ct
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