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Brunch Gets A New Tune



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Metro Lafayette has just thrown down the gauntlet on Lamorinda’s gourmet brunch scene with pain de mie French toast stuffed with maple mascarpone and strawberries, attentive service, and live jazz.

The minimalist restaurant, known for its fresh seafood and California-French cuisine, recently began serving scrumptious, one-of-a-kind brunch dishes. “We thought about items that we would like to eat and gave them a country French twist,” says Erika Pringsheim-Moore, one of Metro’s owners. Powdered sugar–dusted beignets arrive piping hot with dark, deeply flavored caramel sauce. And, Metro’s menu of dainty Champagne cocktails offers an excuse to wash those beignets down with an alcoholic beverage before noon. We especially like the elderflower liqueur–infused Ile Saint Germain.

When you’re tipsy enough to crawl back to bed, your savory food arrives: soft scrambled eggs delicately seasoned with fresh herbs, smoked salmon on buckwheat blini, or tender quiche with leeks, Gruyére cheese, and bacon.

At 12:30 p.m., live jazz starts up on the patio. Matt Morrish, an Oakland-based saxophonist, leads the group, comprised of different players each weekend. Morrish plays straight-ahead jazz, and you might hear such tunes as McCoy Tyner’s “Blues on the Corner” or Eddie Harris’s “Freedom Jazz Dance.”
As the weather warms up, Metro may become your new favorite brunch spot.

Metro Lafayette serves brunch Sat.–Sun. from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Live jazz from 12:30 p.m. both days. 3524 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 284-4422, www.metrolafayette.com.

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