A brunch party for Pranna – Review of Pranna’s “Mad” Brunch

BY CAROLYN ONOFREY

Pranna
79 Madison Avenue
Murray Hill
212-696-5700|prannarestaurant.com

A newly launched brunch party at Pranna, complete with a DJ brings this after work drink spot into the ranks with the likes fueled brunch parties hosted by Paradou in the trendy Meatpacking District and Sunburnt Cow in the East Village. Or does it?

While good for a drink – at night – when the candles are lit and the lights are low, the pretty massive-for-Manhattan space seemed cold and under designed for brunch when the sun illuminated the space and made it seem even larger than it was.

The American, Indian and Asian inspired menu paired with three drinks (for $28 pre fixe) was certainly the thing to wake up my taste buds.

Prawn cake benedict @ Pranna

Brunch started with a choice of alcoholic beverage (bloody mary, bellini, mimosa, or screwdriver) which took a good 25 minutes to arrive after much confusion with the waitstaff.  My bellini was a great refreshing option.  Despite the wait for the drinks and a waiter who didn’t seem like he had looked over the menu before they threw him to the dogs, our food came out timely.  The prawn cake eggs benedict (with a +$3 charge for Tamarind infused hollandaise sauce!?) for myself and a more traditional eggs benedict florentine for my company.

It was hard to tell if the hollandaise sauce was actually there, as my white eggs had only a hint of a yellowish liquid poured over them.  The eggs however, were cooked perfectly; a trait I often use to judge if my eggs benedict are worthy or not.  The prawn cake, what I thought would elevate this benedict over others I have tried in the past, came nestled in between the English muffin and sautéed spinach underneath and the egg above.  It was sadly a dense, thick mass of prawn and other unrecognizable ingredients that did nothing for the nicely prepared egg above.

A mixed green side salad and curried potatoes with cauliflower were also served.  Although quite good and a wakeup call to my palate, I couldn’t quite figure out how the curried potatoes were meant to be served.  They came out lukewarm and left me wondering, potato salad or home fries?

I’d like to think that Pranna’s “Mad” Brunch party will be a hit (I dare them to prove me wrong!), but first and foremost please work out the kinks in your service.

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