March 26, 2016 – It was the bottomless Mimosas served at the weekend brunch that got our attention. How could you not go for that?
So on a Saturday we found ourselves at Land Ocean in Folsom, California. True to their word, Shelby, the young lady assigned to tend our table, passed by every few minutes to top off our Mimosas. Along with the warm mini muffins, the Mimosas made for a happy beginning.
Land Ocean is owned by the husband/wife team of Mark and Karoline Platt. They also own Sienna, a restaurant we visited a few months ago. (You can find my review of Sienna in the California category.) It’s an excellent restaurant.
So is Land Ocean.
The décor is dark. Inviting. The windows are louvered to let in light but block the heat of summer. The bottles behind the bar are lit with colored lights giving them a circus-like appearance. The bar looks like fun.
The staff is friendly and efficient. Sean Doherty, the manager on duty, stopped by our table to say hello. He’s a recent arrival in the Folsom area. His enthusiasm for both his new home and the restaurant placed in his care are a pleasure to witness.
My wife is a devoted carnivore. She ordered the bistro steak from the lunch menu. A small steak marinated in a red wine sauce, served with Yukon gold smashed potatoes, cherry tomatoes and asparagus. Simple. She found it to be pleasing.
Breakfast is my favorite meal. While I’m quite adventurous, willing to try most anything at lunch or dinner, I tend to be rather boring with my breakfast orders. Two eggs, over easy with bacon, pork link sausage or ham. If chicken-fried steak is on the menu, I can’t resist it. Yeah, I’m in a breakfast rut.
Today, however, was brunch. Which is sort of like breakfast only with lunch offered as an option. I decided today I was going to stay with breakfast but get out of my rut.
I ordered the Italian sausage frittata. Like me, it, too, was a winner. While it was more like scrambled eggs than a frittata, it was worth taking the risk of abandoning my tried and true favorite. The eggs, mixed with nuggets of fennel-spiced Italian sausage and sweet red pepper, covered with melted Gruyere and Cheddar cheese, rested on a bed of country potatoes. In yet another nod to fusion, the plate was accompanied by a small container of sausage gravy. Nice. Very nice!
There are several more dishes on the Land Ocean brunch menu I’d like to try when we go back. Perhaps the chilaquiles (eggs with chorizo and black beans) or crab cake Benedict. Both sound inviting.
And there’s the country fried steak. It’ll always be there for me.