I’m not gonna lie, when we were invited to try the Sunday brunch buffet at Sequoia in Georgetown, I was a little worried as buffets tend to give me sensory overload. Decisions are hard, you guys. I realized though that if you go in with a strategy and the right mindset, you can get exactly what you want and more.
This is not a hangover brunch. Being at Sequoia is like being at a fancy party for grownups. With huge windows overlooking the water, pools of natural light, and live jazz music, Sequoia gets an A+++ for ambiance. The place is plenty big enough for everyone so you can really relax and take your time without feeling like the staff is trying to bring in the next group like some smaller places. So the first tip is just to chill. It’s a low pressure situation as you can always get back up for another round of food.
There is a printed menu that we browsed before going up to the buffet just to get an idea. While checking this out, we ordered drinks- my friend Tony got a bloody mary and I got a mimosa. At all you can eat brunches, I usually opt for the lighter drink, but this time I’m actually going to recommend a bloody mary because of the great seafood at this buffet. The raw bar along with bloody marys ended up being the winning combo.
That brings me to my next tip: if you like seafood, just go for the seafood. It is a seafood restaurant, after all. There’s an excellent paella, but the star for me was the raw bar. I ended up piling on the crab legs and I also enjoyed the oyster shooter.
Sequoia also boasts the most made-to-order stations around, including a benedict station where you can pick your toppings and watch someone poach your egg like Amy Adams in Julie and Julia. My favorite station was the donut station, as it’s rare to get a fresh, warm donut. It almost made me want to try making my own donuts in my roommate’s deep fryer, but I’m not Julie or Julia, unfortunately.
Speaking of sweets, get some dessert. It really is an amazing spread of fruit, pastries, mousse… I absolutely loved the crème brûlée.
This buffet is on Sunday only, so if you want a normal sit-down brunch, you can totally do that on Saturday. With the holiday season approaching, I would definitely consider bringing the fam to Sequoia. It’s great for special occasions and everyone will be able to find something to make them happy.