I love a good brunch, and I’ve been hearing about this Masa 14 bottomless brunch for some time now so my friend Meg and I decided it was time to check it out. At 12:30PM on a Sunday Masa 14 was packed with barely an empty seat in the entire place. Apparently word has gotten out that not only is the $35.00 bottomless brunch including drinks a great deal, but the food is also really delicious. I expected there to be a wait, or to have spotty service, but none of this was the case. In fact, we had a reservation and we were seated immediately, and our waitress was very attentive and our dishes came out at a nice pace as they were ready.
The brunch menu is robust and includes flat breads, salads, eggs, sandwiches, and sides. With over 30 dishes to choose from and mimosas, bellinis, and bloody mary’s, you should sit back and expect to spend some time at Masa 14 as you can graze and continue to order more as the meal progresses. I loved the masa breakfast pizza which had bacon, egg yolks, gruyere cheese, pico de gallo, and arugula. The crust was crispy and once the egg was pierced the yolk dispersed all over the pizza creating such gooey deliciousness. The fruit and granola sounded simple and uninteresting, but it was so much better than I expected. The fruit came mixed with yuzu yogurt and blood orange syrup and the granola has some cinnamon and sugar in it which made it extra sweet.
Other favorites included the tenderloin benedict– the meat was cooked perfectly and the poached egg and green chile hollandaise worked well together, the fried crunchy shrimp had a nice combination of sweet and spicy with the chipolti aioli, and the wok seared cauliflower made my nose run, but I loved the flavor. At the last minute we added the pan dulce and the bacon fried rice to our order and I am so glad that we did. The pan dulce is Masa 14′s version of french toast and is the only sweet option on the menu. It was topped with a rich ancho whipped cream that made it indulgent, but so good. The bacon fried rice came with a fried egg on top, and was full of scallions and great flavor. Both of these dishes are good choices to soak up a weekend hangover.
The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the spice rubbed tuna salad which was smothered in wasabi and didn’t do much for me, but considering we ordered about 8 things and only one was a disappointment, I’d say the good greatly outnumbered the not so good. After over an hour of eating leisurely and having our mimosa’s refilled, it was time to call it a day. Masa 14′s brunch is a must. The options are plentiful, the food is great, the atmosphere is lively and full of energy, and the value is as good as it gets.
1825 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009