Disclosure: I received a free brunch from Oystercatchers in exchange for this post. As always, all thought, opinions and yummy photos are my own.
Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I wake up, roll over and immediately ask my boyfriend what he wants for breakfast. I go to sleep on Friday nights thinking about where I want to enjoy a delicious weekend brunch. I wake up thinking about what type of meal would be the best way to start the day. I don’t even consider going for a run until I have the exact brunch I want to enjoy once I finish. My boyfriend thinks I am obsessed with the weekend brunch and he is probably correct.
This past Sunday I woke up excited for the meal I had planned for the morning. It was the 4th stop on our Tampa Brunch Tour and I had been looking forward to it all week. I missed the last stop but there was no way I was going to miss this one. At 10:30 am, I walked up the steps to Oystercatchers, a seafood restaurant located at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The restaurant reminded me of the beach houses I have seen along the Atlantic Ocean. It is light and airy inside with huge windows that allow guests to enjoy gorgeous views of Tampa Bay.
The Sunday brunch at Oystercatchers is a unique experience every single week. There is plenty of breakfast, lunch and dessert items to choose from on the buffet. Each week the theme of the menu changes. Our brunch group was fortunate enough to enjoy a Floridian and Cuban themed brunch. The items were fresh, light and full of flavor and there was plenty of seafood, including oysters.
A brunch just wouldn’t be complete without Mimosas and Bloody Marys. As part of the buffet price, you can enjoy an unlimited supply of those two delicious beverages. The champagne doesn’t start popping until 11 am though. The drinks are poured to the order! I loved that the server poured the champagne at the table before adding the freshly squeezed orange juice.
The Bloody Marys station was the first thing I saw when I walked into the restaurant. As soon as I saw that multiple flavors were available, I knew that I would indulging in a tomato beverage. At this station, guests have the opportunity to rim their glasses with some spices as well as choose the garnishes for their drinks. I was excited to see bacon as one of choices because I love bacon in my Bloody Mary.
The amount of food available on the buffet was overwhelming! There was sushi, salads, fresh fruit, sliced cheese and meats on the cold bar. There was a pasta station and an omelet station with quail eggs. The selection of hot foods included lobster eggs benedict, macadamia pancakes, carved meat, strawberry grouper, and black beans with rice plus a whole lot more.
To start my brunch, I created a plate with an assortment of the breakfast and lunch items. I loved the lobster eggs benedict. The hollandaise sauce was one of the best I have ever had. I also tried the macadamia nut pancakes, the strawberry grouper, house-made hummus and pita bread, and a spring roll. Everything on my first plate was delicious. I could taste the freshness of the ingredients. I also loved that the spring rolls weren’t fried and were actually chilled.
The second plate I created was filled with lunch items. Katie suggested the quinoa salad and the caprese salad. Both of those salads were amazing and I may have to recreate them in the near future! I also tried the roasted mushroom salad, a chilled chicken salad, the Dutch onion soup and the drunken goat cheese. The mushroom and chicken salad also delicious. The flavors really popped! The Dutch onion soup was an interesting twist on the traditional French onion soup. It had potatoes and venison, which added a richness to the soup. The drunken goat cheese was one of my favorite items though. It was so different from the goat cheese I am used. It was a hard cheese and the flavor was bold and distinct.
When we sat down, our server made sure to tell us to save room for the dessert and I am so glad that I listened to him. The desserts are displayed in a separate room and the selection was awesome. Cupcakes, chocolates, cookies, beignets and bananas foster were just a few of the items in the dessert area.
For dessert, I went with a blondie dipped in chocolate and covered in corn flakes, a fruit tart and a chocolate pudding candle. Let’s start with the blondie. Holy yum! Most blondies I have eaten taste more like a cookie than a brownie. This one was gooey like a brownie and tasted divine. Oh and I loved the extra chocolate and corn flakes. The little fruit tarts were also delicious with an orange cream inside. The chocolate pudding candle was entirely edible and I had to force myself to not eat the entire thing.
Everything about this brunch was amazing. The chefs use local ingredients as much as possible so the flavors are always fresh. The location couldn’t be more beautiful. The view was fabulous and the décor of the restaurant complimented it very well. This is a brunch that I can see myself enjoying again and again. My boyfriend is already insisting that I take him sometime soon.
What is your favorite brunch food? Do you prefer a buffet style or a traditional menu?