[eat] brunch at nue

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Whenever someone asks me for a restaurant recommendation, nine times out of ten, I’m going to suggest a visit to Nue. I love their international street food concept, which makes it perfect for curious diners who want to visit multiple countries on the map with just one meal. How else are you going to visit South Africa, Israel, and Vietnam in just a few hours?

Since Nue is one of my favorite places for both lunch and dinner, I was thrilled when I read that they were launching a brunch menu in November. We went on Saturday for their first service and were not disappointed!

I’m a big believer in sharing plates, particularly at a place like this, so we selected three dishes that we all wanted to try: the Filipino Tosilog, Dutch Pannekoeken and the Israeli Shakshuka.

The Filipino Tosilog came out first – a giant platter with pork, rice, and two eggs (it was brunch, after all) with this tangy soy sauce that we drizzled on everything. I avoided the egg yolks which I suspect would have brought everything together a bit more – otherwise we largely ate each element separately. The meat was really flavorful and delicious and the rice was super crispy.

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Dutch Pannekoeken – apples, brown sugar, gouda, bacon…

The Dutch Pannekoeken came out second, and it was a sweet and savory pancake that would have made for a great appetizer rather than in the middle of the meal. I don’t think it was substantial enough to be an individual’s meal in and of itself, but it was great for sharing.

The last dish was the Israeli Shakshuka – a dish that I’ve tried to make myself several times from the Jerusalem cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi. Even as an egg-yolk-avoider, this was my favorite part of the meal – it was steamy and hot, hearty and really flavorful – far superior to my attempts! Nue is the second restaurant I’ve seen that serves shakshuka in Seattle – the other is just a few blocks away at Eltana Bagels. I can’t wait to compare the two – and to refine my own recipe!

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Nue also has a brunch cocktail menu which featured a drink that I literally think was made for me – all sorts of pink sparkly grapefruity flavors in a glass- AND they have bottomless mimosas for $16! (Bottomless mimosas are my weakness and I am thrilled that there’s now a Capitol Hill restaurant serving them!)

Nue will get another Seattle by Sarah post for their lunch and dinner menu but for now, make sure to check out their new weekend brunch menu, served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm!

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