Chef Eric Banh has been serving dim sum for brunch since August 6th (Saturdays and Sundays, 9am- 2:30pm). Traditional, French inspired breakfast items are also available such as Potato Gruyère Gratin in Chicken Stock with Nem Nuong ($9.50), Organic Eggs en Cocotte with Crème Fraîche and Herbs($7), Scrambled Duck Eggs with Shallot and Chanterelles ($11) and beautiful Quiche ($6.50).
Today we had the Brioche Vanilla French Toast ($8.50), Organic Fried Eggs with Parisian Ham (it is usually served with Nem Nuong, a grilled pork & Shrimp sausage ($8.50) but by the time we got there they had already sold out of the sausage) and from the Dim Sum menu, the Steamed BBQ Pork Buns (basket of 3 pcs $4).
Weekends at Monsoon are very relaxed and the restaurant feels and look very different from the sexy, Vietnamese minimalist, busy and at times very noisy room that it becomes at night for dinner service or even for lunch.
Menu items may sell out during the day so you may find different things being offered or same items with alternate ingredients. Servers will give you plenty of options. Best to go early.
Everything is served family style. We shared sweet, savory and very hot (side of red chili paste for me, please!), had a great time lingering over our bottomless cups of Victrola coffee, animated food conversation with our friendly server (who hails from Rover's) and after a long while left with very happy tummies.
Monsoon August Dim Sum Menu
($4.00 per basket)
Pork Shu Mai with dried Shiitake Mushrooms
Steamed BBQ Pork Buns
Pan Fried Daikon Cakes
Wrapped Lotus Leaf Pork Sticky Rice
Crispy Shrimp Chinese Chive Wontons
Crispy Shrimp and Taro Spring Rolls
Assorted Dim Sum (6 pieces for $9.00)