From dawn till dusk, savor American food fused with Asian influences for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks. The menu may challenge past culinary convictions with fresh interpretations, but Erik Bruner-Yang’s en vogue interpretations stay in tune.
Savory oatmeal to uni, this Line Hotel DC eatery is a sight. Much anticipated as Erik Bruner-Young’s first of two restaurants set to open at the hotel, Brothers and Sisters is a mix of dishes from the East and West. Taiwanese and Japanese flavors unite here, while you can enjoy a restaurant-esque speakeasy at Spoken English, his second restaurant at the hotel.
Money Score: Needs improvement
Every item was priced a smidge too high. The cost of menu items currently resembles those of a higher-end restaurant for established individuals. This place is presenting itself as a cool, hip place for young professionals, so they need to set their menu to price points their target clientele can actually afford. $250 uni, anyone?
Consciousness Score: Needs improvement
Zilch on consciousness. I cannot accurately rate them here as ingredient sourcing information was MIA. Moreover, the service needs serious improvement. The pitcher of water to start was a great thing, and extra appreciated, as this is neglected at most restaurants. (I love not getting my water glass infrequently refilled.) Other than ample water service, customer relations were spotty and exceedingly slow.
‘All the Feels’ Score: Good
Overall good vibes here, down to the small details. Décor was spot-on. In the main dining space, high ceilings showcase both levels, accented by minimalistic gold and hanging lighting. Chic desk lamp bulbs illuminated the table much like the lamps you’d see at the library. At the center of the room, there is a gold chandelier with long, crisscrossing poles that resembled an adult Jenga or Rubik cube.
Funky novelty items were peppered throughout, especially in the seating/welcome area: pink and red lettering on a wooden board reading, “Have your cake and eat it too!” A blue neon sign with the word “air” repeated on the back wall. Other quirky touches included a little Dali Lama figurine in a half lotus pose sitting next to a bowl of oranges and limes, perched next to a vase of orange protea flower, pink roses and white blossoms.
As for breakfast favorites, the millennial diners will have their fix with avocado toast, eggs benedict, smoothies, and milk bread.
The milk bread French toast is out of this world! Creamy but not gooey, with toppings–creme anglaise, green apple compote, chantilly cream–that made for a nice blend of sweet and tangy fresh. The syrup tasted like Aunt Jemima, which I loved, and took me straight back to my childhood when I enjoyed Saturday morning breakfasts with a side of cartoons.
The Savory Oatmeal was hearty so much so that it sticks to your bones. Laced with blended oats, wild mushrooms, grana padano, and poached egg, it may be one of the best things to order when you have a cold.
The breakfast potatoes are scrumptious: crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with bearnaise, nori, grana padano. What a morning meal should be made of! It pairs well with two eggs done any way.
As for specials, Brothers and Sisters offers a more American-themed lineup of eggs, potatoes, fruit, and meat.
All day menu highlights include fried-fish toast and chicken-chowder bowls, as well as offerings from the “simply cooked” or “simply raw” section of the menu.
Desserts and cakes are named after famous world cities. The Song SAA cake with chiffon, coconut and lime is bitter but refreshing. The Mykonos cheesecake was too heavy. The Rome cake is nutty and crunchy but soft and rich in flavor. You may feel like Goldilocks trying to choose the cake destination that’s just right for you. Whatever you pick, you’ll certainly get a mix of global sibling eats from the East and West.
The menu is different from some of the foodie hotspots devouring the eating scene. Not everything is on-trend, but there were extremely trendy additions that I’ve been seeing everywhere, like scab. So overused this past winter!