East End Brasserie

Last Activity: Jul 20th, 2013

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East End Brasserie

Location

601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
(954) 567-8070
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Critic's Rating

Rating3.1
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review: 06/01/12

Information

Hours7 days 6:30am-10pm, Open til 11pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingValet
CCYes AlcoholFull Bar
Entree Prices$19 - $38 OutdoorYes
ReservationsYes DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

The East End Brasserie has closed and is now Beauty and the Feast.
*****

The Atlantic Hotel / Condo opened a new French restaurant last November, and we checked out the Saturday Brunch (they have brunch on both Saturday and Sunday). This time it was lunch.

They've spruced the place up a bit since the initial visit. The outside was pretty barren and it wasn't clear that there was a restaurant here. Now it's more defined; the entire patio is set up for the restaurant.

East End Brasserie Outside Seating

East End Brasserie Outside Seating

On my first visit, it was a beautiful fall day and I had the brunch outside. The view is quite nice.

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But it was a rainy, dreary day so I decided to check out the dining room. Regardless of the weather, I guess people feel compelled to eat outside when in Fort Lauderdale, becausejump--> I was the only one in the restaurant dining room. Considering the weathered teak furniture outside, the place is very nice. A little too much contrast between the light coming through the big windows and the lowly lit interior, but a very attractive place.

East End Brasserie Dining Room

East End Brasserie Dining Room

The service outside was good, but a little inconsistent inside. I didn't actually see my official server until after my food had been delivered. A kitchen guy seated me, took my iced tea and my food order, and then brought over a mini french loaf with herb butter.

East End Brasserie Bread

East End Brasserie Bread

The bread was good; it was nice to get butter that wasn't in a peel-away package. It was frozen of course, but only the first piece was difficult. I enjoyed the bread.

One reason that I came here was that I felt like some fish, and it's a lot more difficult than it should be to get a decent piece of fish in this town at a reasonable price. They have a mustard encrusted snapper here with white beans and spinach for $18; a low-carber dream meal, or so it would seem. As I was finishing my 3rd mini piece of bread, the entree was served.

East End Brasserie Mustard Encrusted Snapper

East End Brasserie Mustard Encrusted Snapper

Certainly a nice portion. It looked better than I expected. I didn't anticipate the amount of breading, but it looked good. A couple of bites though and I was disappointed; there was nothing particularly good about anything on the plate. Not much flavor with the beans and spinach, and the fish was bland other than a mild hint of mustard taste. The fish needed salt; there was nothing bad about the meal, but I came away thinking that I'd had something relatively healthy but not very memorable.

Previously I'd had the eggs benedict at brunch.

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The eggs were competently poached and the hollandaise was light and good. The potatoes were special; the skins were cooked to a crispy texture similar to tempura; while the inside was soft. There were a lot of potatoes and I ate most of them, with just a speck of the available sea salt.

The only negative was the $4 iced tea, which is more than most places charge for a soft drink. Not out of control.

A nice place with an interesting menu, but I guess the food is hit or miss. To park here, you can valet at the hotel, or there are metered spots a block south that take quarters.

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Now serving a $45pp brunch. Exec chef is a renowned Art Institute Graduate.
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Note that Chef Steve Zobel has left the restaurant.