Ithaca being (sh)ithaca, it’s nearly impossible to find a nice place to dine in…esp so for brunch. There’s really very limited options in this small town (scrape that, it’s a village..not even a town). So imagine my delight when someone recommended a “fantastic brunch place” in town! :)
The Bistro at La Tourelle Resort & Spa is now one of my TOP FAVEEEEE BRUNCH PLACES IN ITHACA! We have hope!!!! I now have somewhere to go for good bfast/brunch! :) :) :)
Situated in this inn/resort, the ambience of this place is very quaint and quiet. One really REALLY awesome part of this? No college kids. Perhaps they don’t know of this place? What a pity though. But if this place becomes popular, it might lose its quaint feel, i don’t know.
ANYHOW. good food is meant to be shared. So here goes :)
We came by on Easter Sunday for brunch, and while I previously read on yelp that you get a free bread basket – i was actually mistaken. They only give this free bread basket (pictured below) when you come here for breakfast (730-1030am). Weekend brunches are from 11am – 2pm. Anyhoo, after reading such rave reviews about the pastry basket, I couldn’t NOT order it…even if it cost us 5 USD. I was so glad we paid for this :D Warm pastry! SUCH A RARITY IN AMERICAAAAA. Warm bread always makes me happy. Also, the butter was divine – went so well with the raisin scone! It was so yummy you don’t even need the extra jam on your scone. The other pastries (croissant etc.) were flaky (in a good way!) and not too cloyingly sweet. LOVED every single item on this plate!
We ordered the Crab Croissant which tasted more amazing than it looked. Dont know about you but whenever i see anything slathered with what looks like mayo, i just feel like it’s gonna taste like crap. But this! was so generous! the crab meat chunks were huge, and tasted so sweet! Mayo wasn’t overwhelming too. Croissant was good like the bread platter. What is brunch w/o eggs ben? Eggs had the most perfect texture, and the potatoes were SO DELISH :) I’m not a carbs person, so when i say the potatoes are good, they ARE pretty damn awesome. French toast with out-of-the-world crumb coating. Words don’t/won’t do this any justice. You gots to try it to know it. The only disappointment was this strawberry shortcake (deconstructed….). Tasted anything but yummy -_- I could make better strawberry shortcake!All in all, we loved the food, loved the ambience, and loved the laid back feel of the place. Defo my #1 brunch place in Ithaca :)
La Tourelle Resort and Spa1150 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850