L'Hommage Bistro Francais is the newest dining concept from restaurateur Hakan Ilhan, inspired by his weekend visits to Paris while attending university in the United Kingdom. We were recently invited to check out Executive Chef Joshua Laban Perkins’ new brunch menu with items that range in price from $7.50 to $19.50. Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Closest Metro is Mt. Vernon Square or Gallery Place.
Guests will also enjoy entrees and brunch classics like the Burger L'Hommage with choice of accompaniments; L’boeuf Rôti with sliced prime rib, horseradish cream, and au jus; Tartine Au Capri with ciabatta, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; Eggs Barigoule with artichoke barigoule, wilted spinach, poached farm eggs, and Bearnaise; Suisse Omelette with farm eggs, lardons, Gruyère, and fines herbes, and Eggs En Cocotte with chopped tomato, red onion, garlic, and basil. Diners also won’t want to miss L'Hommage's Moules Frite options like the Mariniere with white wine, butter, shallots, garlic, and parsley; Moules A La Diable with a spicy tomato broth; Curry Lime Broth with coconut milk, kefir, and Monebasque with chopped tomato, red onion, garlic, and basil.
Keith enjoyed the classic French brunch item, Croque Madame with jambon and gruyere cheese, served on Brioche with a fried egg on top. It came with nicely salted fries. The cheese sauce was a bit overpowering, but all in all this was a filling dish.
I tried the new Dutch Pancakes with warm poached apples and Chantilly cream. The thick crepe-like pancake was a nice texture and I liked the Fall flavors from the cinnamon apples. I drizzled a little maple syrup on top, though the sweet dish didn't really need it. This dish was the perfect counterbalance to the salty, savory, garlicky items that I started with.
Service was a bit more formal than expected, but not obtrusive. A slight faux pas was when the entrees came out before we were finished with our appetizers. But our server checked in on us the appropriate amount of times and refilled our mimosas and water as needed. The dining room quickly filled up with large groups providing a boisterous ambience that filled the large space. Overall, I enjoyed the classic French fare and found them to be a nice change to the traditional brunch menus.
Total Rating: 3.95
Food: 4, Price: 3.5, Service: 4, Ambience: 3.5, Accessibility: 5