Best Sunday Brunch at TAPS in Irvine
We dined as a guest of the venue
Our family loves to dine out, and Sunday brunch is our favorite. We love getting dressed up and going to a beautiful restaurant to enjoy flavorful culinary creations being served at local Orange County restaurants. Our family has experienced Sunday brunch at many local dining destinations, but there is one that continues to be a family favorite, and that we love returning for brunch on a regular basis, TAPS in Irvine.
Recently, we had Sunday brunch at TAPS in Irvine, and from the moment that we walked into the restaurant, we began an unforgettable epicurean adventure. The ambiance of the restaurant is upscale yet very family-friendly. There are many tables, and booths for families to enjoy creating memories together while savoring delicious food.
The TAPS Irvine Sunday brunch includes bottomless mimosas or a craft beer for the parents. I have heard many of my friends rave about their bloody mary – so if you like this cocktail, it comes highly recommended. The one thing that is unique about the brunch at TAPS is that not only do they have an extensive gourmet buffet, but also offer delicious dishes to be freshly ordered from a prix fixe menu (and is included in the price of the brunch).
At the buffet, families can enjoy an endless variety of fresh seafood, warm dishes, carving station, chocolate fountains, and more. My favorites dishes from the buffet are the ceviche, Eggs Benedict, and crab legs. TAPS was the first place that we introduced our children to oysters, and it was love at first bite. Once we had a taste of the buffet, we ordered a couple of dishes from the prix fixe menu.
My favorite dish on the prix fixe menu was the potted egg. The dish features a beautifully poached egg, potato purée, cheddar cheese, bacon, Maldon sea salt, chives, and grilled bread. It is a dish that you’ll not want to miss experiencing while having Sunday brunch at TAPS.
My husband and I shared two of the skillets. My husband’s favorite was the ‘East Meets West Skillet’ that featured tender beef short ribs, sweet peppers, fried egg, crispy Yukon Gold potatoes, and char siu glaze.
While my husband devoured every last bite of the East Meets West Skillet, it was the ‘Chinos-Latino Chilaquiles Skillet’ that tantalized my tastebuds. Since I spend so much time in Mexico, I love when I get served a dish that represents the authentic flavors of Mexico. There are very few OC restaurants that use Oaxaca cheese (which is a must when making a traditional Mexican dish), and at TAPS they use Oaxaca cheese to make this dish. It also features yuzu & tomatillo salsa, shredded chicken, and a fried egg.
Our brunch ended with our children making a large plate of desserts from the buffet and my husband and I sharing the Bananas Foster.
If your family is looking for somewhere new to enjoy Sunday brunch together, TAPS is the perfect place to go. There are locations in Irvine, Brea, and Corona. The location that we dined at is located at 13390 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92602. Sunday brunch is available from 10 am to 2 pm. Reservations are recommended by calling (714) 619-0404.
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