A Cathartic Brunch at Blu

I'm always on the lookout for a good weekend brunch. Monday through Friday's routine of two egg whites with spinach and black coffee gives way to decadent meals of French toast, omelets and day drinking -- and I've found a new place worth the trip for just this kind of occasion.

Fueled by a delicious media tasting at Blu Restaurant and Lounge a few months ago, I was excited to try their weekend brunch. Served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the menu consists of your standard brunch items, but with Chef Jett's food, an interesting "Apothecary" menu and a comfortable setting, it's going to be on my short list of options from now on.

The "Weekend Apothecary" menu features Blu's signature cocktails. We all need a little "hair of the dog" come Sunday, and my favorite is the Cucumber Lemonade. The vodka drink is light and cool -- ideal for this August heat. If you're looking to stay away from alcohol, the "Catharsis" section of the menu lists fresh, raw, nonalcoholic juice cocktails with ingredients such as beets, celery and wheat grass. The Tears of Gypsy, with wheat grass, barley grass and watermelon, is something I'd want to drink every day for a healthy breakfast option.

As soon as my roasted wild mushroom omelet ($11) with herb cheddar cheese and truffle oil hit the table, the smell was intoxicating. The omelet was simple, but the flavors of truffle and herb were spot-on. The roasted mushrooms were meaty, and the cheese was perfectly melted into the egg.

And speaking of eggs, the sign of an expertly poached one is when the yolk spills gracefully over into your plate and soaks into the English muffin of your classic Eggs Benedict ($10). It's a classic brunch dish done so well at Blu. The side of hash browns that comes with each dish is seasoned well, the potatoes perfectly cooked and not dried out.

For those who prefer something sweet at brunch, the French toast ($9) is not to be missed. The brioche is made in-house and served with bananas, cinnamon and homemade butter. It wasn't too sweet, and the bread wasn't soggy. I prefer savory dishes for brunch, but I'd gladly eat this.

There are plans to feature dim sum, and I'll be there once they do. Blu's brunch is worth the trip if you don't live in Sugar Land, and if you do, this should be your new regular spot.

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