Thursday, June 9, 2011

Boston Brunchers: The Bristol Lounge, Four Seasons Boston

The Lobster Trap
 Let's clear up a few things and assumptions right off the bat, shall we? Brunch at the Four Seasons Boston is not a stuffy affair; it's a comforting, toss all your cares to the side, and be taken care of for a couple of hours, affair. This is what I learned this weekend, when I was lucky enough to win a seat for this month's Boston Brunchers event at the lovely Bristol Lounge.

For those of you not aware of this Boston institution, it's right on Boylston Street, facing the common and the flurry of activity that passes on by its windows at all hours. However, the Bristol Lounge is opposite of the frantic beat outside. It's calm, serene, and comforting. I had prepared myself for a great meal, but the service we received was unmatched by anything I can remember as of late.

Folks, this is not your normal Sunday brunch buffet at a hotel. This is an event. I sat down (after my sadly late arrival, Boston traffic, always fun) to a great cup of coffee, fresh orange juice, and the main event - The Lobster Trap. It's a bloody mary. It's also a signature item at the Bristol Lounge, made with real, fresh tomatoes, a touch of clam juice, vodka (duh), some spicy seasonings, finished off with a lobster claw. It's fresh with a bit of heat, and fantastic. I love the attention they pay to New England traditions here, it's important, and often overlooked at local establishments.

Staring me in the face when I took my seat was also a plate piled with gorgeous strawberry scones. These are buttery, fluffy, pieces of heaven. Here's a little secret about the Bristol Lounge, everything is made in-house. Jams, sauces, toppings, bread - you name it, they make it. I slathered those warm scones with creamy sweet butter and homemade strawberry jam. I could have eaten a plateful. We loved them so much, the kind folks at the Bristol Lounge sent us home with more. I love them.

We haven't even made it to the buffet set-up yet, have we? It's elegant, but extremely homey. The center table is full of appetizers and salads. Homemade granola parfaits (they're to die for), beautiful smoked salmon and charcuterie, fresh fruits and vegetables, all served up with gorgeous mustards, spreads, sauces in lovely little mason jars. Such a beautiful, yet down-home, way to present this amazing food.

In another corner you have the cutest little mini cast-iron pans and dutch ovens full of huevos rancheros (made completely fresh with a beautiful poached egg on top) and oatmeal brulee (what an inventive way to serve up your morning oatmeal). There's gorgeous tray full of cheese blitzes with a lovely fresh blueberry sauce to top it. You cannot forget the baked croissant french toast, you will never forget it once you take a bite.

You also can sashay over to the other corner and have an omlette made to order with the freshest of ingredients. While you wait for it to be made, right next to your is trays of bread, pastries, and sweet little bites to keep you tempted.

Chef Brooke Vosika has been with the Four Seasons for 29 years. We were lucky enough that he took a few minutes with us to talk about what goes on at the Bristol Lounge. He has a major commitment to fresh, local, and in-season foods. As you know, those commitments go far with me. Chef Voiska also takes time out to teach cooking classes, which I think is absolutely wonderful.

The amazing homemade granola yogurt parfaits
Going to the Bristol Lounge for Sunday brunch is like being treated as royalty for a day. Everything is taken care of for you. The service cannot be beat. Our servers not only attentive, but fun. We chatted, joked, and anything we needed was taken care of. I plan on going back in the future. I've already told my mother we're going for some kind of celebration. If you're in Boston or New England, try to make a trip to this brunch. Heck, if you're visiting New England, this is a beautiful way to spend your Sunday morning.

I seriously wanted to sit back in one of those big couches in there and relax the afternoon away with a pretty cocktail. It's that kind of place. I hope you all get to experience it at some point as well.

Note: Brunch at the Bristol Lounge was provided to me free of charge as I won a spot with Boston Brunchers. I was not required to write about the experience.

North Shore Bloggers Consortium Picks of the Weekend - 6/10-6/12

Newburyport Garden Tour
Sunday, June 11th and 12th, 10am - 4pm
For the past 32 years, The Historical Society of Old Newbury’s Annual Garden Tour has showcased the premiere gardens of the Newburyport area to benefit the Cushing House Museum and Gardens. This year promises more spectacular gardens featuring diverse styles and sizes “All Around Town”. The tour offers something for everyone including the unrivaled Plant Sale and a place to relax in the Cushing House Museum’s own garden. TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED at The Cushing House Museum, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA (978-462-2681) Tickets - $20 before June 1st and $25 after. For additional information, please see our website at

Market Square Day  
Market Square, Portsmouth, NH  
Saturday, June 11th - 9am - 4:30pm 
Come through downtown Portsmouth's center and eat, drink, check out local music, artisans and products. It's a huge day for the area with so much to check out.  Three performance stages feature local and regional musicians. The day 'kicks off' with the Market Square Day 10K Road Race.

Newburyport Farmers' Market 
Tannery Marketplace
Sunday, June 12th - 9am - 1pm
It's getting warmer and that means more of your favorite produce is available at the Newburyport Farmers' Market. Singer and Songwriter Susan Levine is performing this week. It's my home market, I love it, check it out of you're around on Sunday.

Check out what the other members of the consortium are up to this weekend!

Check out what Seth of Lynn Happens has found for you here.

The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.

Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.

North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish Pin It


Dara Michalski said...

Wow, that sounds like a fantastic brunch.  Makes me want to start cooking breakfast.

Kimmie said...

You make me want to revisit Boston - One of my favorite cities for sure! Brunch looks absolutely fabulous!