6 Things to Try at Aqua's Gorgeous Waterfront Brunch

By Leslie Kelly  |  June 5, 2014

Aqua by El Gaucho is now open early on Sundays, rolling out a sumptuous brunch buffet, which can be enjoyed on one of the coolest patios in Seattle, sitting out over Elliott Bay with Mount Rainier begging to be photographed along with the parade of pretty food. Here are 6 things you should try.

1. Start with a Bloody Mary. The chili-salt rim is a warming eye-opener. And we could eat those blue cheese-stuffed olives all day long.

2. The fried chicken and biscuits are smothered in sausage gravy. As if that wasn't enough said, the biscuits get a major flavor boost from Beecher's Flagship cheese and the chicken soars under the crunchy, golden crust. The super sausage-y cream gravy brings it all back down to the land of pure comfort food.

3. There are eggs Benedict in tart form! The tarts get big points for an inventive twist on the classic: the ham, poached egg and hollandaise are tucked into a flaky crust. This confirms what we knew all along: pie does makes everything better.

4. The raw bar is a shellfish lover's dream. It's stocked with Shigoku oysters on the half shell and plump, sweet prawns. The interesting cocktail sauce is infused with West Indian spices.

5. Made-to-order crepes come spread thick with blackberry, strawberry or blueberry jam or a creamy-sweet-tart lemon curd made in-house.

6. The cedar-plank salmon comes rubbed with the house seasoning salt that includes a bit of brown sugar so the fish is caramelized, just so.

The brunch is $39 for adults, $19 for children. Children 5 and under can eat for free. Reservations are a good idea, especially if you want to sit on the patio. 2801 Alaskan Way; 206-956-9171