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Brunch with a view at Back Bay Bistro

We dined as a guest of the venue

I’m not one to indulge in buffets very often, mostly because I don’t have that large of an appetite. But, I was recently invited to a brunch buffet at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach. And, since my last outing there about a year earlier for a small event had been a thoroughly enjoyable one, I gladly accepted and brought along my friend, Kathy. Kathy, it should be noted, is a fantastic candy and dessert maker. More about that later.

If you’re not familiar with Back Bay Bistro, it’s understandable as it’s tucked away on Back Bay Drive, just off of Jamboree next to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. You’d never even know a restaurant was hidden there… a restaurant with a relaxing marina view and a wide-open, light-filled interior perfect for enjoying that view.

And what better way to soak it all in, than a leisurely Sunday Brunch where you can luxuriate in bottomless Champagne, mimosas, or orange juice, as well as a wide assortment of classic breakfast dishes, seafood, salads, and desserts?

The hardest part of any buffet is narrowing down what to put on my plate and for me, that is normally only one plate. Seafood will always make the list. And this brunch offers plenty, including cured salmon with all of the accompaniments, chilled freshly shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, and my favorite, crab legs. I chose cured salmon with some capers and cream cheese, one oyster, and a container of crab legs. I was so thankful for an actual whole container of crab legs. For me it’s guilt free flavor.

Other offerings included:


Waffles and French toast.

Bacon and sausage.

Scrambled eggs and potatoes.

A carving station.

Braised beef, artfully displayed in a martini glass.

And of course the eggs benedict, which is my weakness, so I chose that to go with my crab legs. A sinner saint brunch.

While I love the savory side of a menu, Kathy, my dessert expert friend, is all about the sweet side. Her brunch included waffles, of course, and the sweet treats, of which she tried more than her fair share. How I envy someone who can eat with abandon. Her favorite desserts, as an expert? The bread pudding, which I tried a bite of and loved, the Crème Brûlée, and the candied pumpkin. For the record, the candied pumpkin is ridiculously good. It’s roasted and caramelized. And it’s fantastic.

A good friend, bottomless Mimosas, something on the menu for anyone’s taste, and a view… what better way to spend a Sunday?

Back Bay Bistro’s Sunday Champagne Brunch is $48 per person. $16 for 10 and under and is served 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling (949) 729-1144. Back Bay Bistro is located at 1131 Back Bay Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

Dana Wilde grew up playing “sous chef” for her father as he churned out one amazing meal after the next for family and friends. She inherited her father’s life long passion for cooking and has spent the past two decades studying, reading, practicing, experimenting, and creating in the kitchen.
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