An amazing breakfast in the beautiful Imperial No. Nine garden at the new Mondrian SoHo in NYC... A delicious banana bread panini and more from Top Chef's Sam Talbot! featured post *tasteologie

An amazing breakfast in the beautiful Imperial No. Nine garden at the new Mondrian SoHo in NYC... A delicious banana bread panini and more from Top Chef's Sam Talbot!

May 13th, 2011

A delectable end to my Mondrian SoHo's staycation press trip, a fantastic breakfast at their Imperial No. Nine restaurant.  Sam Talbot's sustainable seafood concept offers decidedly seafood-free inventive re-imaginings of standard breakfast fare in Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz's stunningly beautiful and whimsical interpretation of a greenhouse.  The space strikes a balance between opulence and playfulness; it creates a urban refuge and a fantastic place to start your day.

The entrance from the street immediately pulls you into the garden theme and walking through the long corridor really gives you a feeling of being transported outside of the city.
The garden dining room is covered by a green house style ceiling and all the natural light makes you feel like you are somehow both outside and inside at the same time. An amazing over sized glass sculpture from artist Beth Lipman runs down the length of the room.
The bar is styled like a potting shed... with plants and watering cans stored above the alcohol.
There is so much to take in! Great views of the hotel above... giant glass chandeliers... and plants growing all around you.
Farm fresh eggs feature heavily on the breakfast menu, along with a variety of delicious pastries.
The egg white frittata is simply spectacular. It consists of whipped egg whites which form a light airy cloud and is topped with a tomato pesto, toasted stecca, and a sheep's milk cheese.
The other frittata offered is topped with roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and a wonderfully flavorful cave aged cheddar.
The banana bread panini though was the winner. Warm and rich with honey and a house made peanut butter, it will make you wonder why you've never tried to do this at home. The yolk from the egg helps round everything out with a great custardy French toast kind of feeling.... It is full of big bold flavors and is just simply delicious... the perfect end to a fantastic breakfast at Imperial No. Nine and a fantastic introduction to the Mondrian Soho.
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