Mother's Day Brunch: SugarMill
Ah, Mother’s Day! A time where we buckle down and recognize the beautiful individual that gave us life. Motherhood is by far the hardest job on earth. Though the motherly love is felt each and every day, we use this day to show our appreciation.
Someone cue up “Dear Mama” by Tupac please and thank you! You are appreciated!
My mother is the foundation of my foodie ways. From a young age, I was exposed to the wonders of the world through food. As a gourmet chef, she taught me the complexity of flavors and thoughtfulness of technique. I am now able to experience food on my own terms. This is something I hope to share with the next generation of food enthusiasts.
She decided last minute that she’d rather do to brunch opposed to dinner. So I had to think of a few standout options the morning of. We decided to take our chances at SugarMill. I knew there would be the small likelihood that they would have a table for two if we could there early enough. Sure enough, they were able to get us seated as soon as we arrived.
SugarMill operates primarily as a pastry shop. Along with baked goods, they host a variety of menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Weekend brunch was just another bonus. The menu changes constantly. Many of the items featured are made in house. So you never know what you’ll have available until you review the updated menu.
They ran a 3 course special Mother’s Day brunch this past Sunday. Course one was a starter. Course two, the main entree. Lastly, course three would be a dessert. We were delighted to be served fresh scones and chocolate croissants while we figured out what to order. We have an unwritten rule that we do not order the same items. This way we are able to share and go more in-depth with the menu.
Smoked Salmon Benedict (Replaced by Steak & Eggs)
Duck Ravioli (Replaced by Steak & Eggs)
Our food took us from the highest of highs to the lower of lows. It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Our first courses were perfect. Great portion sizes. Bold flavors that were well balanced. The salad was extremely light and tangy. The nachos were hearty and savory.
Unfortunately, the main courses did not follow suit. The smoked salmon was the saltiest thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. Opposed to it being a cut of fish, it was flaked, which made it extremely dry. The eggs were a bit undercooked as well. The pasta in the duck ravioli was not cooked through. The flavors fell flat. There was no complexity. We sent both items back and ordered the steak and eggs. I ordered my steak medium. My mother ordered medium rare. My steak was served rare. The steak was sliced prior to having enough time to rest. This entree was served with eggs and rosemary potatoes. I was hoping to have a bit more of a visual impact from the plating. I ended up giving my food to my mother for her to pack into the to-go box. The steak was still bleeding 30+ minutes after we left.
On to dessert. This is where SugarMill truly excels! The strawberry shortcake was the highlight of the meal. Every component was executed flawlessly. The freshest strawberries, thyme infused whipped cream, lemon curd, fresh basil and the star, the sober. Wow! That sober packed a punch. It literally could have stood along and got the job done. This truly made up for the previous course. We left with smiles on our faces.
Overall I would say there were more positives than negatives about this visit to SugarMill. I have frequented here for breakfast, and lunch, and have always been more than satisfied with their food offerings. I did feel as if they over exerted themselves during the 3-course meal. I’d much rather have had one item that was executed well, opposed to several items that were inconsistent. Sometimes smaller kitchens have to find the balance of what to offer and how to simplify the production process. I’ve always thought that there was a pretty significant wait for their cooked food. Despite the bumps in the road, I would definitely recommend SugarMill for those who love an intimate space with some unique menu options. If you like pastries you can’t really go wrong with this place.
SugarMill - 2461 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 - http://sugarmilldesserts.com/