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You didn't think Sunday Brunch could get better right?
Well, it just did!
How could that happen, you ask?
How about adding a SATURDAY brunch to your weekend?
That's right! Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford has a Sunday AND Saturday brunch!
So, of course we traveled to West Hartford's beautiful downtown Farmington Avenue shopping and restaurant district to visit Barcelona Wine Bar WeHa-Style and sample their weekend brunch!
|Bloody Mary Bar|
Design your own Bloody Mary!
I started with a Bloody Mary from the Bloody Mary Bar! So much to choose from but I stayed with my favorite heaping spoonful of horseradish and added some briny olives (stuffed with blue cheese) and some pickles! YUM! I garnished it with a cucumber, radish, and lemon. And, of course, a thick piece of bacon (or two!) as a stirrer.
|Bloody Mary Bonnie Style|
Also a popular favorite at brunch was this cool refreshing White Sangria
We also learned about the Porron - a shared drinking vessel that is a cross between a wine carafe and a watering can. One tilts the spout without it touching the lips, opens wide, and drinks away! Of course, the cowboy was the immediate expert. Go figure.
|And this is why I love him!|
And then the food fest began! What I like most about Barcelona's Brunch, is that although they do have specialty brunch small plates and tapas on the menu, you really have the opportunity to order anything you like! This means you don't have to limit yourself to breakfast-type items, and because we went in the early afternoon, we wanted to try a bit of everything!
Below are some of the items we sampled.
| Pork Belly Bocadillo|
with Egg and pickled onions
Spicy Meatballs in a Ham-Tomato Sauce
With Egg, Shallot, and Truffle
|House Made Bacon Steak|
Served with a Whole Grain Mustard Sauce
|Pickled Beet Salad|
|Lemon Blueberry Pancakes|
With a creamy whipped ricotta topping and sweet maple syrup
|Roasted Bone Marrow|
Served with beets, green onion, and capers.
|Manchego Cheese and Jamón [ham] Croquettes |
Served on a creamy bed of garlic aioli drizzled with smoked paprika
|Grilled Duck Hearts|
With Red Chimmichurri
|Torrijas (French Toast)|
Served with a delicious coffee vanilla syrup
|Huevos a la Flamenca |
served with spinach, manchego cheese and a baked egg
Pickled Red Onions and Feta Cheese
Seafood Paella with prawns, clams, mussels and squid
with salsa brava and garlic aioli
Mangalica Cheese Gravy, Egg, Ricotta
|Sardinas in olive oil|
Sliced Spanish Ham
|Grilled Summer Squash|
in a Red Pepper Aioli Sauce
And, believe it or not, after all that food we found some room for desserts!
|Churros with Hazelnut dipping sauce|
|Dulce de Leche Crepes|
topped with coconut ice cream
My personal favorites were
- Pork Belly Bocadillo, a delicious breakfast sandwich with a bit of an earthy spice to it
- Huevos a la Flamenca, a nice balanced dish full of flavor
- Watermelon Salad, the salty cheese brought out the sweetness of the melon
- Torrijas, this 'french toast' type dish was executed PERFECTLY, the bread was correctly saturated with the egg mixture making the inside almost custard-like, and the outside crisp and cinnamon-sugary. Hands down the BEST Torrijas I've ever had!
If you are looking for a weekend brunch spot Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford is a great place to visit! There's so much to do in the area, and brunch specials are available SATURDAY and SUNDAY!
Barcelona Wine Bar in West Hartford971 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
Disclaimer: We were invited to Barcelona Wine Bar's Saturday Brunch by members of the restaurant's marketing and management team, however, all views expressed our are own.
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