Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston, Massachusetts

This post was last updated June 24, 2017 to reflect minor menu changes. A big thank you to Blog & Tweet Boston who invited me. 

Sunday’s are for late mornings, drinking your entire coffee before it gets cold and brunch becomes the most important meal of the day. In Boston’s South End, Sunday’s can be quite hectic! SOWA Market is in full swing and considering it’s foodie central and the hottest place to be over there, foot traffic is at an all-time high. On this Sunday morning, after taking my own little walk around SOWA I took a quick walk over to Washington Street to meet some fellow bloggers for a brunch at The Elephant Walk and check out their Boston location.

A menu that’s half Cambodian and half French isn’t one you immediately think of when “brunch” comes to mind but that’s what made this meal an exciting one.

Executive Chef Nadsa | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Executive Chef Nadsa de Monteiro

The restaurant is painted in warm tones with high ceilings and exposed brick – more of a casual feel than the previous Brookline location where I had dinner as a recommendation from a friend. Executive chef Nadsa de Monteiro came out to greet us and told us the inspiration behind her menu.

Nadsa was born in Cambodia but raised in Yugoslavia. She lived in many different parts of the world including southern France where her family moved when Khmer Rouge took over the Cambodian government in 1975. She really shared a fascinating back story with us and it was clear this was a huge part of the bi-cultural menu we were presented with. It’s a truly innovative and rich menu that features dishes such as Trey Tuk K’gney, which is a crispy Asian catfish dish and Omelette, Ragout De Tomatoes Au Chevre which is closer to your traditional omelet with cage-free eggs, tomato chick pea ragout and goat cheese from nearby Vermont.

Cambodian Rouleaux Dish | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Rouleaux ($5 for small portion)

To start us off we took a food trip to Cambodia and ordered a couple plates of Rouleaux. These are crispy Cambodian spring rolls served with lettuce and a tuk trey dipping sauce. Our waitress had instructed us to wrap the lettuce around the roll and then dip it into the tuk trey. And although I stuck with the pork ones we also had a vegetarian set with a Shiitake mushroom that others at our table were absolutely raving about. For those who aren’t familiar with tuk trey it’s a Cambodian dipping sauce, primarily fish sauce with mixed seasonings.

Crepe Au Canard | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Crepe Au Canard | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Crepe Au Canard ($12)

As for the entrée, I went back to France and tried the “Crepe Au Canard” which is exactly what it sounds like – a duck crepe. I picked this off the “savory” section on the menu. It was filled with duck braised in soy-tamarind juices, portabella, creme fraiche, scallion, and served with a side of greens. The duck was shredded and cooked really well! I absolutely love duck but I’m also very picky about it so I’m really happy to say this was delicious. The sauce on the side is like a thin gravy and the portabella really stood out but was never too salty.

Mousse aux Fruits de la Passion | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Mousse aux Fruits de la Passion ($8.50)

Gateau Choco-Caramel | Sunday Brunch: The Elephant Walk Boston | Bexpeditions.com

Gateau Choco-Caramel – no longer on the menu.

And last but certainly not least…dessert! The popular choice for the table seemed to be the Gateau Choco-Caramel, a chocolate caramel génoise with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla gelato, creme Anglaise, and ganache. I didn’t have any issues with my meal but for those who had some mishaps (apparently they had run out of eggs so some guests who had ordered egg dishes weren’t so happy) said that this cake made up for all of it. UPDATE: They no longer seem to offer the Gateau Choco-Caramel. The most similar option on the current menu is Le Peche Au Chocolat, a gluten-free chocolate truffle cake.

And if you follow me on Instagram you got a peek at my treat! – Mousse aux Fruits de la Passion. It’s a passion fruit mousse tucked in an almond lace cup. It was then garnished with fresh pineapple crushed in dark rum, sugar, and lemon juice. It’s super tart which I was warned about but so delicious. I think next time I would order without the almond lace cup – it seemed more for presentation than anything else and I’m not sure if it contributed much to the actual taste of the dessert.

If you can’t make it to Boston to try Chef Nadsa’s menu yourself, you’re in luck! The Elephant Walk does have a cookbook (Amazon) that goes in depth about the stories behind the cuisine and recipes for you to try at home. Do you have a favorite brunch place or unique brunch dish? Please share it with me in the comments!! xo, Rebecca

The Elephant Walk – Boston

1415 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118 // 617.247.1500 // elephantwalk.com


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    • rebecca

      Written on June 25, 2017

      Reply

      It was SO good Theresa! Should definitely visit if you’re ever in Boston!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Terri

    Written on June 25, 2017

    Reply

    I am looking at a burger for dinner, a really good burger, but your food looks utterly amazing. I want your plate.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 26, 2017

      Reply

      Hahah Terri! It was really delicious and pretty off the beaten path for me as far my brunch selection goes!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Charlotte

    Written on June 25, 2017

    Reply

    Can’t beat a decent brunch and this looks like an amazing place to visit! The food looks delicous

    • rebecca

      Written on June 27, 2017

      Reply

      Thanks for your words, Charlotte! It was!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Dogvills

    Written on June 25, 2017

    Reply

    All the food looks so yummy! I’ll be sure to drop by this place when I’m in the area.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 27, 2017

      Reply

      Please do! Let me know your thoughts!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • melissa

    Written on June 26, 2017

    Reply

    With such a diverse range of places she has been the chef must have incorporated so many interesting styles in these dishes. If I get up to Boston I will keep this restaurant and brunch in mind.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 27, 2017

      Reply

      It’s a really unique menu, Melissa. As as far as brunches in Boston go it has a really interesting offering. I would definitely recommend it although I’ve had dinner there on a separate occasion and that’s just as amazing.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Danielle

    Written on June 26, 2017

    Reply

    This looks and sounds like the perfect place for Sunday brunch. It might sound mean, but I’d love to go by myself and leave the family behind. Sounds like a great way to mentally prepare for the week ahead.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 29, 2017

      Reply

      There is something very peaceful about having a meal out alone, Danielle! I completely agree!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Glenda

    Written on June 27, 2017

    Reply

    The dinner looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never had Gateau Choco-Caramel but would love to. Too bad is no longer on the menu!

  • Cecilia

    Written on June 27, 2017

    Reply

    Wow! This looks so delicious! I wish I could visit this restaurant! Great food photography!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 27, 2017

      Reply

      Thanks a lot, Cecilia. That means a lot and it was very tasty!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Louise

    Written on June 27, 2017

    Reply

    Oh, wow. The food here looks incredible! I’m literally starving after reading this post!

    Louise x

  • Kerri

    Written on June 27, 2017

    Reply

    I love going to brunch and the combination of French and Cambodian seems really unique and delish! Would love to visit!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 29, 2017

      Reply

      I never knew how wonderful a combination that could be, Kerri! It really works out so well and the different mix compliments each other perfectly.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Heather

    Written on June 27, 2017

    Reply

    Oh yum! My husband and I don’t get out during the day nearly as often as we should without our daughters. This would be a fun day date.

  • Arlene

    Written on June 28, 2017

    Reply

    Yum everything looks so yummy and delicious. All the foodie pictures make me want to hop on a plane to Boston!! Brunch is my favorite meal of the day too so this would hit the spot!

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