Last week a childhood friend who recently moved back to St. Louis hit me up about going to brunch. I’m embarrassed to admit that she’s been back for a few months and I still hadn’t even seen her so when she text me about brunch there was no way I wasn’t going. She asked me to suggest my favorite brunch spot and I realized I didn’t have one. While I anticipate the day I move to a brand new city, I’m guilty of not appreciating the things that make St. Louis great. She took to google and found Brasserie by Niche on several lists of popular brunch places in St. Louis. Being that I’m indecisive, I looked up the menu a few days before and I must admit I wasn’t very impressed or excited, but I was dead wrong.
The environment. Brasserie is in the always popular Central West End area, near the corner of Laclede and Euclid. Because of the popularity of the area, parking can be a bit of a nightmare, but the restaurant offers valet for $3. The restaurant itself has outdoor seating on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant as well as a lot of indoor seating. My favorite feature of the restaurant was the floor-to-ceiling windows that lined the front wall of the restaurant. This allowed so much natural lighting into the restaurant that I couldn’t even tell you if they had real lights.
The Food. Having been uninspired by the menu, I decided to leave my fate in the hands of our waitress. She briefed us on popular selections on the menu and then described the most delicious sounding open-face brisket sandwich that was off the menu. After her description, I knew I had to have it. The only word I can think of to describe this sandwich is amazing. I’m not even sure what all was on it, but I could seriously eat at Brasserie every Sunday so long as I could have this sandwich! My friend had the Eggs en Cocotte which must have been delicious because she ate every last bite. To end our meal, we shared an eclair that was delightfully creamy.
The Service. I can’t praise the staff at Brasserie enough. Our waitress was super attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. When she wasn’t checking in on us, there were plenty of other staff members keeping our water glasses full. When my friend’s meal came out the memo about no slimy eggs had been missed, but a handsome guy in a suit took care of it and re-delivered her food in under 5 minutes! What really won me over with this staff was how they allowed us to stay in the restaurant well after brunch ended. We were so busy catching up and chatting that we lost all track of time and somehow missed the entire restaurant leaving. Despite our absent mindedness, which we felt terrible about once we realized, the staff didn’t kick us out and were incredibly friendly, joking that we might as well join them for dinner.
I will definitely be returning to Brasserie by Niche and will be recommending that all of my friends and family check it out too. This was one of the most pleasant dining experiences I’ve had in St. Louis and it is definitely worthy of a place on any “best brunches in St. Louis” list. I’m so glad I didn’t let the menu detour me and still gave it a chance. I promise you will not be disappointed!