July 29, 2011
Best Brunch for Northshore Neighbors
It may be a little too much to ask some Bostonians to head North but this little jewel may actually entice you to cross the Tobin! The Exchange Street Bistro, located on Exchange Street in Malden, is a European style bistro with warm woods, natural toned fabrics and dramatic lighting. The combination of seating is comfortable and spacious yet with high back booths, still provide an intimate setting for couples. The bar stretches wide and offers signature martinis and interesting cocktails, such as the “Hot Pepper Margaritini, which is Infused Hot Pepper Tequila, Triple Sec, Sour Mix & Salted Rim, served Mild, Medium or HOT.”
They run great specials here, like “Wine Down” from 4pm – 7pm in the lounge Monday through Friday. This menu includes $1 tapas like scallops wrapped in bacon, oysters on the half shell, aronchinis and mini crab cakes paired alongside $5 specialty cocktails/martinis, $4 glasses of wine and $10 pitchers of sangria (for two)! Be sure to sit at the bar though, this menu will not be available in the dining room!
My favorite reason to visit the Bistro begins and ends with Sunday Brunch! Start off with a Twisted Mimosa Martini, which includes St. Germain, Prosecco, fresh Orange Juice & Pomegranate Juice. To start, you will be served corn bread and piped butter with fresh garlic cloves. Next you must try the corn dog – it’s not quite a corn dog but more of a sausage dog so to speak, topped with roasted red peppers, sprinkled with microgreens and finished with drizzled balsamic – to die for! Then the main course – where it’s a free for all. There are so many yummy choices; crab cake bene, a towering monte cristo, a heaping southwestern omelet just to name a few! Everything is delicious so you really can’t go wrong! I’ve never made it to dessert as most entrees are served with a small mountain of potatoes, toast and a fruit cup.
The service was fabulous. The atmosphere trendy but not uncomfortably so. Prices are reasonable. All in all it’s a hidden jewel that is most definitely worth the toll!