Very high hopes were set for the brunch at Sirop Folie. Mentioned in many of the guidebooks, food blogs and online food guides when talking brunch in Buenos Aires, Sirop Folie Resto & Tea Corner made it to the top of many bruncheando lists. Perhaps blame it on high expectations, but this sad, expensive Recoleta spot once may have been the hotness, is now certainly the not-ness.
Hidden inside the Parisian Pasaje del Correo, the sibling of the ex-Sirop restaurant is very much a Recoleta spot – beautiful building, elegant decor, chandeliers, floral printed fabric, antique furniture – truly a classy spot. They offer both an a la carte and all-inclusive brunch menu, making the most sense to order the brunch special: five courses for two people, costing AR$220.The first course to come out – a messy picada-like cheese platter with brie and gruyere, olives, prosciutto, gravlax, two paté dollops and a sad mix of wilted greens. They ain’t gunna win any presentation awards, tossing all the ingredients on one chipped plate. Apart from the unappetizing food display, each part was overall pretty average, nothing exciting.
Stellar bread basket made up for the triste cheese platter.
Potatoes were cooked nicely, crispy, fried, extra delicious. Too bad it was ruined by an unnecessary large scoop of very cold butter. Butter is probably my favorite food in the world, but in this case, didn’t go well with the potatoes.
I’ve never seen spinach cooked like this – chopped spinach with cream poured over it, topped with cheese and tossed in the broiler. Underneath the crispy cheesyness, was raw spinach and cold cream. Meeeeh.
Luckily the brunch ended on a sweet note. Pancakes with a special dulce de leche-esque syrup – light and airy pancakes with a lick-the-plate sauce. My spoon even creeped over the edge to attack my eating partner’s portion.
Perhaps it was an off day, but when you already have restaurant unhappiness, it’s easy to find silly little flaws. Some small details that took way from the pleasant Sunday morning atmosphere: ripped booth cushions, wobbly chairs, chipped plates and glasses, moza cara de culo and the drink rule – only one drink comes with the brunch, whether it be sparkling wine, coffee, water, juice – choose one only, the rest is an extra charge. While the portions served are definitely enough for two people, I expected the 5 courses to include individual portions for each person – not for to share the small eggs / potatoes / spinach bowls.
Another one bites the brunch. With so many great elaborate brunches in the city (I Latina, Café Crespin, Malvón, Oui Oui, Fierro just to name a few), I’d choose to go elsewhere for my favorite meal of the day.
Sirop Folie Resto & Tea Corner
Vicente Lopez 1661, Locale 12, Recoleta
Average price: AR$125 per person