Gibraltar Brunch Buffet for Father's Day

Categories: Breakfast
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John Zur
The view from an outside table.
Gibraltar, at Grove Isle Hotel and Spa, in Coconut Grove, is an oasis within a tropical paradise. Spectacular views of Biscayne Bay from both indoor and outdoor dining areas make it a worthy destination. On Sundays, executive chef Rafael Melendez rolls out a brunch buffet between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is $45 per person and includes mimosa or champagne. For Father's Day, the brunch will be enhanced with  sushi, a carving station with roasted lamb and prime rib, and soups. This holiday brunch is $65 per person.

There will be chafers with traditional eggs benedict (run-of-the-mill), breakfast potatoes, apple wood smoked bacon and sausage, char-grilled flank steak with caramelized onions and Cabernet reduction (better than you might expect; tender, moist, and flavorful), and pan-seared chicken breast with a Madeira sauce (dry).

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John Zur
The hot brunch items displayed in chafers.
The cold salad station includes mixed greens salad, orzo & roasted vegetable salad with basil pesto, charcuterie & cheese platters, a display of whole fruit, and platter of sliced seasonal fruit with berries. The presentations are beautifully laid out and the cold food looks and tastes fresh.

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John Zur
The cold station with salads, cheese, charcuteri, and fruit platters.
Omelets are prepared made-to-order by a chef attendant, with toppings including onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. Egg whites are also available.

The sweet station includes platters of assorted cakes and sweet bites, breakfast breads & pastries, muffins & danishes, and a chafer with buttermilk pancakes. A soup terrine with warm maple syrup is close by.

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John Zur
The sweet station with breakfast breads, cakes, and pancakes.
The most visually attractive display is the seafood, with oysters on the half-shell and shrimp cocktail beautifully laid out over a bed of crushed ice. Cocktail sauce, horseradish, and lemon are available. A smoked sockeye salmon platter includes all the capers, eggs, onions, and cream cheese you can eat. Pre-cut mini bagels are offered.

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John Zur
The seafood display with raw bar.
In the past, service has been on point, accommodating, and friendly. Food and beverage manager Isaac Paladino has been running the brunch for years. The menu has bounced back and forth between a la carte and buffet. "It's been a success," says Paladino, referring to the Sunday best. With unrivaled views, a cool ocean breeze, and a fairly priced menu, we'd have to agree.

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John Zur
Gibraltar's main dining room.
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Location Info

Gibraltar Restaurant

4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: Restaurant

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