The restaurateurs behind Mominette, Bushwick wanted to create an oasis with their French bar and bistro. Like planting a flower in the desert, they built it in between the bodegas and 99 cent shops of Knickerbocker Avenue. When Mr. Yummy Brooklyn and I visited last weekend, it was nearly 90 degrees out and the restaurant’s bright blue facade was a welcome sight indeed.
Another welcome sight was Mominette’s backyard, a beautiful outdoor space complete with a rainbow of flowers, an overhead trellis, and a bocce ball court along the wall. I felt a little bit like I’d found the secret garden, except it wasn’t a secret and brunch was currently being served.
The hot day called for a cold beverage and I went with a Blood Mary. It arrived in a mason jar, which is always a nice touch. I savored it sip by sip as the sun beat down on my face and the sand from the bocce ball court (which we were sitting in) tickled my toes. In the background, a pair of musicians played guitar, providing the soundtrack to this summery scene. Oasis found.
And then there was the food: French Toast for the mister and Eggs Florentine for moi. Mr. Yummy Brooklyn inhaled his, but not before I stole two delicious bites. The French Toast boasted the ideal combination of crispy outside, moist inside and was perfectly complimented by sweet maple syrup.
The Eggs Florentine were equally yummy, and the best that I’ve had in a long time. Later, I learned that Mominette’s Chef Wesley is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, and has spent 5 years working in Paris. Now that you know this too, perhaps you won’t be so shocked to hear that his Hollandaise sauce, which had a slight kick to it, was amazing.
Per Yummy Brooklyn house rules, if there is Mac and Cheese on the menu, it must be had! We shared a side of Mominette’s Mac, which featured curly coquillette pasta with béchamel and Gruyere. I loved this version, which was lusciously creamy underneath the surface.
Finally, if you’re wondering what a “mominette” is exactly, I have the answer for you. After spending the past week wondering if it might be an homage to someone’s mother, I did some googling and confirmed with the folks at Mominette that it actually refers a drink similar to an aperitif. It’s a term used in the south of France for a small (half shot glass) strong drink, usually absinthe, served before a meal to open the senses. Mominette currently carries 6 absinthe liquors, 2 of which are imported from France. Now I have something new on my to-do list: return to Mominette for a mominette!