When we were invited to try brunch at SEI, we were immediately intrigued by the menu: sushi, Asian-fusion twists on brunch classics, and a YuYu Mary. There were a lot of choices, but luckily our server was knowledgeable about the menu and steered us toward a nice balance of flavors.
We started with a mimosa and a YuYu Mary, SEI’s take on a Bloody Mary with lime juice, wasabi, lemongrass, and soy. I love the citrus flavors cutting the spice, and the garnish was the right balance of cooling agents as well. This is also an excellent bottomless deal: $10 with the ability to switch between both drinks.
To start, we ordered the 7-pepper tater tots with honey-sriacha ketchup and the wasabi guacamole per our server’s suggestion. Sydney and I both love our tots so while we did gobble these up, I will say that the “7-pepper” didn’t translate. The guacamole was also tasty, served (of course!) with wonton chips. The wasabi was served on the side, which was nice because you could control how spicy to make it.
SEI is a sushi spot, so we had to try a few rolls. But if you are a sashimi person, they have an impressive full menu. When it came to the rolls, I was really impressed by the creativity in their offerings. For example, the “Fish and Chips” roll has flounder, malt vinegar, potato crisps, and wasabi tartar. I loved the crunch of the potato crisps on top. It wasn’t too weird to not render as sushi but the twist was a lot of fun. Similarly, we liked the Lobster Roll: a simple but tasty presentation of fresh lobster.
Next we got the Crab Cake Benedict. Served on a rice cake and topped with yuzu hollandaise. This perfect little tower of flavors was delicious. The rice cake was an effective sub for an English muffin. To satisfy the sweet craving, we opted for the 12 hour soy French toast with yuzu jelly, miso maple, and fresh fruit. We liked the French toast and miso maple, but the yuzu jelly was an odd texture to add to the dish, and perhaps an unnecessary sweet addition to an already dessert-y plate. I think next time I’d just consider my mimosa the sweet item and opt for another sushi roll instead.
All in all, I would recommend SEI for brunch if you’re looking for something a little bit different that also features an excellent bottomless deal. With the large menu, fun atmosphere, and sharable sushi, SEI is also a great spot for groups. Everyone will be able to find something to make them happy.
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