Owen & Engine’s Brunch Comes Up Short

January 15, 2016 - table lamp

The shtickPub-style brunchin’ like a Brits.

The vibeA wintry Jan afternoon. Football Sunday. Prime hibernation time, right? More like high time to tuck into a robust dish and a bloody, judging by a throngs of associate brunchers we encountered during this super-cozy bilevel pub. Lots of vast groups meant we possibly waited 45 mins for a list or assimilated a smattering of jersey-sporting soccer fans glued to a smallish TVs during a downstairs bar. A no-brainer—we bellied up. 8 out of 10

The drinks There are 3 brunch-specific cocktails, though a choice was simple: a Red Snapper—a Bloody Mary riff mixing Letherbee gin, Colman’s mustard (English, natch), delicious beef demi-glace, and housemade plight extract ($9). Beware: that manly small series will put hair on your chest. It tasted only about right on a day such as that. 8 out of 10

The food We hemmed and hawed during a menu’s tantalizing array of housemade pastries and motionless we couldn’t pass adult a contingent of crumpets ($6). We’ve admittedly OD’d on biscuits newly and nonetheless these are tighten cousins, their spongier (in a good way) hardness and a stellar strawberry-rhubarb jam that accompanied done for a lovely alternative.

Savory oatmeal is one of a favorite brunch trends, so a steel cut oatmeal “risotto” ($12)—with pig swell confit and a poached egg—excited us immensely. And it was satisfyingly robust during first, though after a initial bites, a greasy beef done it too most to stomach, even for seasoned brunchers.

What we suspicion would be a apex of a dish was a gigantic letdown. Save for a pillowy housemade bun, a Slagel Farms burger ($16; $18 with a further of bacon) we’ve devoured here before and desired so dearly was a bust—a nearly $20 bust! The patty, that we systematic medium, was somehow tender in places and bone-dry in others. The concomitant chips (“fries” to us Yanks) had upheld their primary while watchful underneath a feverishness lamp. 5 out of 10

The service From a initial communication with a host, who seemed angry and confused by a really presence, to a painfully delayed use and a missile on coffee refills, a knowledge was lackluster. We schooled toward a finish of a dish that a aforementioned vast parties threw a kitchen for a loop, so we contingency take that into consideration. But it would have been good to know this before to watchful 45 mins between courses with no explanation. One food curtain done an try during salvaging a experience, delivering a nominal doughnut, though it was too little, too late—and too stale. 4 out of 10

Overall There’s so most to adore here: it’s a splendidly comfortable setting, there are some-more housemade equipment than you’ll find during any “pub” we know of, and that once-awesome burger, well, we’re not giving adult on it. But this sold revisit did not leave us salivating during a suspicion of a next. 6 out of 10

source ⦿ http://www.chicagomag.com/brunch/January-2016/Owen-Engine/

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