Neighborhood: Flushing, Queens, 189-11 Northern Blvd.
The scoop: David and I have been to Sala for dinner, and we thought the food and service were good. At dinner, we were told about their brunch special, which features $5 entrees. Needless to say, we were excited to come back to try their Sunday brunch.
Sala is located on the outskirts of Flushing, Queens, close to Bayside. We drove to the restaurant and lucked out by getting a spot right out front. When we walked into Sala, we were greeted by Johnny, who we remembered from our previous time there. The bar is near the restaurant entrance and on the other side of the wall is the dining area. There was only one other table occupied when we arrived.
Brunch at Sala is served on Sundays between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A group of women came into the restaurant around 1:30 expecting to have brunch, but they were surprised to find out that brunch ends early. We were also surprised by this. I don’t know anyone who wants to brunch at 8:30 in the morning. I assume the restaurant does this so they can serve lunch from 1:30 until dinner time, but they might want to rethink that. They should either serve breakfast and lunch or brunch. Maybe add more lunch items to the brunch menu and scrap lunch all together? Just a thought.
Sala’s decor is pretty simple. I was disappointed the main dining area didn’t have any holiday decorations. The bar had a little decorations. They have a great outdoor space at the front of the restaurant. It would be a great place to have drinks during the warmer months. The service at Sala is good. Johnny was the only server working at that time and he is very friendly. Unfortunately, the brunch food isn’t up to snuff.
Bottoms up: Sala offers brunch cocktails — mimosa, bloody Mary, bellini, red/white sangria, mojito and mango mojito — for $5 each. I ordered an orange juice for $3. It was typical OJ from a container. They put ice in the glass which I thought was a little strange. I’ve never been one for ice in my OJ.
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Pancakes $5 / Three buttermilk pancakes with ham, bacon or sausage
When these pancakes were placed in front of me, I thought they looked good. They seemed to be cooked right. The edges of the pancakes didn’t taste bad. They were a little dry for my liking, though, and as I made my way toward the middle of the pancake, it started to taste very battery. I think the batter was too thick and they didn’t allow the pancakes to cook all the way through. They just didn’t taste right. There’s an option to add apple, strawberry, blueberry or cherry to the top for an extra $2, but I passed. The side of bacon was very crispy. I don’t like soggy bacon, but this was a bit too crispy. Somewhere in between would have been better.
Eggs Benedict $5 / Poached eggs on pita chips with hollandaise and home fries and ham, bacon or sausage
Unfortunately, this was not one of the best Benedict dishes David has had. I get that they were going for a Mediterranean vibe by having the eggs served on pita chips, but they were just too flimsy. Serving the eggs on pita bread would have been a better idea. The bread is heartier and would have soaked up the yolk more. The home fries weren’t anything special. They lacked flavor and weren’t very hot when served. He wouldn’t order this dish at Sala again.
Burger $5 / 8 oz. burger. Add cheese for +$1.50. Add fries for +$3
Since everything was so cheap and we were hungry, we ordered the burger to split. Good thing we did because I was still hungry after eating less than half of my pancakes. The burger was the best dish of the three, however, it wasn’t that great. I found the patty to be a bit on the greasy side. I know the menu states that the burger is eight ounces, but it seemed smaller than that. The fries were OK. They were a nice salty addition to the sweet pancakes.
The final bite: To say I was disappointed with Sala’s brunch is an understatement. I had high hopes after having dinner there. Although the service is good, you get what you pay for. The dishes are cheap in price, but also in quality.
Reviewed by: Stephanie