Brunch Dreams Do Come True: Sunday Brunch at the Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel
Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel, Downtown San Diego
For almost two years I had been dreaming about having Sunday brunch at the Westgate Hotel. This past spring, I was finally able to live out my brunch dreams and attend Sunday brunch at the luxurious Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel.
From the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, dining at Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel is a wonderful experience with exceptional service, delicious and decadent food, and a superb atmosphere.
When you arrive to the Westgate Hotel you are greeted by valet who will park your car safely for you in their underground garage. On Sunday, you might get lucky to find street parking, but valet is only $10 with validation, and in my opinion is well worth it. Especially since I was wearing heels and a dress (a rare occurrence) I’d rather submerse myself in the experience and let someone park my car for me!
Once you make your way through the stunning lobby and up the grand staircase to the Le Fontainebleau Room, you’ll check in with the host/hostess. You’ll actually hope that your table isn’t ready yet and here’s why: you are ushered into a sitting room with a bar that is serving up bottomless bloody marys, mimosas, and a variety of fresh juices (all included in your buffet) to sip on while you wait. A brunch fanatics dream come true! You guessed it, I had the bartender whip me up a spicy bloody mary while we waited! Once your table is ready, you’ll be seated in one of the dining rooms and you can bring your cocktail with you!
Ambiance & Service
The Le Fontainebleau Room and Westgate Hotel invite you to “dine in beauty”. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceilings and bright floral arrangements are centerpieces for many buffet tables. The live jazz piano player sets a very romantic tone, but don’t worry, there were still many friend and family groups there!
The service is stellar and given the decor, atmosphere and food, you really feel like royalty dining at the Le Fontainebleau Room. A tuxedoed server walks around filling up your champagne flute anytime they spot it empty and your dirty dishes from the buffet are constantly cleared away. When you descend on the buffet, you come back to your table with folded napkins, cleared dishes and a glass full of champagne….I could get used to that!
I honestly have no idea where to start here. It’s kind of how I felt when I walked into the room, so I suggest an old trick from when I went door-to-door doing sales….” tight to the right.”
That strategy will lead you first to the center buffet table adorned with a plethora of salads, charcuterie, and cheeses. Some of my favorites are the tabbouleh, iceberg wedge, asparagus and crimini mushrooms, and the Point Reyes Blue Cheese. I would suggest going light on this station if you start out with it and circle back later if you have room.
Keeping with my tight to the right strategy you’ll find yourself at the Breakfast and Eggs Benedict Station where a sous chef is making omelets and eggs Benedict to order. My all-time favorite breakfast dish is a veggie omelet with cheese! I don’t always order them because they aren’t super instagramable, so this is one of my favorite parts! If you love eggs Benedict, then you’ll love the candied bacon or the Dungeness crab lemon hollandaise sauces to go on top of your freshly poached eggs!
Moving along through the Le Fontainebleau, you’ll swing by the dessert room. Yes, the desserts have their own room! It’s always a good idea to go in and take inventory of what you want to try and squeeze in later. Or heck, go with the dessert first, because you only live once! You’ll only find decadence in the desert room with a chocolate fountain, ice cream bar, made to order crepe bar, Parisian macaroons, mini donut station, tiramisu shooters and so much more! It’s like being a kid in a (classy) candy store! Literally!
Exiting the dessert room, you’re now ready to dive into the main courses. These dishes aren’t your ordinary buffet items. Le Fontainebleau Room offers sophisticated options from all cuisines including Asian baby back ribs with kimchi fried rice, lamb cheeks and Merguez sausage and shrimp and bay scallops pot pie, just to name a few. A carving station with the most delicious and succulent prime rib is sliced for you and topped with au jus and a creamy horseradish sauce. So unbelievably good.
Lastly, you’ll arrive at the appetizer, seafood, and sushi stations, so, you may decide to start there instead. A display of endless bloody mary oyster shooters was what sealed the deal for me that the Le Fontainebleau Room was my brunch dreams come true!
For the seafood lovers you’ll also find gulf shrimp, oysters, clams, crab claws, and mussels on ice and a tuna sashimi station with all the fixings. Another highlight for me was the sushi station where sushi chefs were preparing rolls and nigiri’s fresh! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this in my other blogs, but I am also obsessed with sushi!!!
The Le Fontainebleau Room at the Westgate Hotel was all that I dreamed it would be. From the moment you arrive until you pick your car up from the valet, the ambiance, service, and food make you feel like royalty! The best part is, all of this is only $65 per person! It truly is worth every penny and an exceptional value! If you have a special day or event coming up, I would highly suggest you make it happen at Le Fontainebleau Room!
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