New Prix-fixe Banchan Rooftop Brunch at Masa 14
Escape the hustle and bustle of D.C. to the ultimate urban oasis with panoramic views and chic ambiance at the Rooftop at Masa 14 (1825 14th St., NW). Now that the heat wave is over, it’s safe to once again to enjoy all of the al fresco dining options that D.C. has to offer. Masa 14 is now offering a special Banchan Prix-Fixe brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) exclusively on their rooftop.
For just $20, (or $35 with bottomless bevs) enjoy 4-courses starting off with moist and delicious Bread for the table, including chocolate chip, sweet corn cake, which according to executive chef Antonio Burrell, ” is similar to El Salvadorian style corn bread using masa arepa and corn meal,” and cheesy foccacia. It’s temping, but don’t fill up on the bread. There is way more coming!
The table receives assorted ”Banchan” (Korean “gifts for the table”) which are small plate servings of dishes like the spinach with sesame, potato and yucca salad, macaroni salad, plantains, and for pickle lovers, enjoy two kinds of pickles: sweet and hot. They are crunchy and deliciously tart.
Guests also have their choice of nine entrees. With such a variety of options to choose from, surely there is something for everyone. Highlights from the menu include the Torta Espanola with leeks, roasted peppers, potatoes, with a side baby greens salad and a link of spicy chorizo- great for a lighter option or try the hearty House Made Biscuits served smothered and covered with spicy chorizo gravy, scrambled eggs, and home fries.
The Rice Cracker Crusted Monte Cristo is their take on an old classic made with with ham, turkey, swiss cheese, and a tart cherry compote. Or opt for the Oaxaca Cheese Herbed Waffle with scrambled eggs and creamy sausage gravy – is absolutely delicious!
You’ll want to make sure you leave room for at least one their incredibly decadent desserts. Included in the prix-fixe menu, guests choose one dessert from their list of four sumptuous options, such as the Mexican Chocolate Tart with ancho whipped cream, like a mini version of a rich chocolate cream pie. Or try the Fruit Empanadas with mint whipped cream, like a mini version of an apple turnover.
Perhaps the most tempting of them all is the pillowy delicious Soppapillas with honey caramel sauce. While you’re thinking the name means pillow, the name really means “holding soup.” Known as “New Mexican Quick Bread” these have been staples originating in the Albuquerque, New Mexico more than 200 years ago. Definitely a must try! You will end up fighting over the last ones … or try the Banana and Nutella Spring Rolls with peanuts and caramel, which is served piping hot like a hot lava roll that melts in your mouth … Mmmm!
Also, guests will have the option of a $35 Prix Fixe brunch which includes all of the above, plus bottomless selection of brunch drinks (Mimosa Tradicional, Masa Mimosa, Lychee Bellini, Bloody Mary, and Bacon Bloody Mary). Ask for the “off the menu” favorite, the Lemon Lager!
Enjoy! Make sure that you tell them that Dining in DC sent you!