I recently started attending an irregularly scheduled yoga class held on Sundays in the home of a friend of my friend Curly Fries. The four other ladies who attend the class have a tradition of going out for brunch afterward. The class, which is held in Fort Greene, is offering me a simultaneous introduction to kundalini yoga and the brunch offerings of the neighborhood. So far, both have proved enlightening. After the first meeting I attended, Curly Fries and our hostess went to Smooch Organic Cafe and Wine Bar for our post-yoga brunch.
Smooch is a small, airy and funkily decorated cafe, serving espresso drinks and various sandwiches and salads. It is owned by Australians, which quickly becomes clear from the site of Vegemite jars. In addition to beautifully embellished cappuccinos, the coffee menu includes a flat white, a coffee drink from New Zealand that’s similar to a latte but is prepared using steamed milk from the bottom of the pitcher where bubbles are smaller. Coffee drinks came with the food we orderedâ€” a nice extra that most New York brunch spots would never offer.
The menu items had funny names based on inside jokes and comic descriptions. At our table, each of us ordered one of two very similar dishes. The first, the “Tamarama,” was an open face ciabatta slab rubbed with avocado, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice and topped with slices of tomato and hard-boiled egg. This came with a flat white. The second, the “Pascales ‘I Get Up to Way Too Much Mischief in Fort Greene and I’m Loving it Breakfast'” was exactly the same thing but without the tomato. (While tomato sounded fabulous with the combination, I personally opted against it because winter tomatoes are so often disappointing.) This one came with a cortado. The dishes were simple and divine. The rich and tangy topping on the crunchy, crusty bread reminded me of my favorite Spanish breakfastâ€” an open-face baguette spread with fresh tomato and drizzled with flavorful olive oil. The avocado added another dimension to that acid-fat combination, and the hard-boiled egg made it a more substantial meal. I decided I could eat this dish every morning for the rest of my life without getting tired of it.
But I might want to vary that routine once in a while with a bowl of granola like the one offered a Smooch. The three of us shared one bowl of in addition to our sandwiches, and this was one impressive bowl of granola. The granola itself had nice crunch and just the right touch of sweetness, but the yogurt it came with was so rich and creamy that it took everything to the next level. The dish also came with beautiful fruit, including berries, bananas and apples, which made us feel virtuous and satisfied.
The meal at Smooch was a perfect post-yoga indulgence: fresh, healthy and invigorating. But maybe next time I’ll skip the yoga and try the restaurant’s wine bar. Namaste.
Smooch Organic Cafe and Wine Bar
264 Carlton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205