You can now eat an unlimited brunch of bagels and smoked fish, cheeses, shakshouka, breakfast hash and carved lamb shoulder at Safta at The Source Hotel in Denver.
Alon Shaya’s Israeli restaurant this month started its Sunday brunch buffet service, and it pulls out all the stops.
In addition to noshing on breakfast hummus and Middle Eastern pastries, you’ll be able to order from a roaming spritz cart. Your bartender will pour Campari, Averna and Contratto spritzes for you tableside (although these drinks cost more).
But the buffet alone isn’t cheap. It costs $45, not including alcohol, and $20 for children 5-12. (Keep in mind, Safta’s dinnertime hummus is priced at $12-$16. So if you stock up on the spread, brunch could pay for itself.)
For a less spendy special occasion at Safta, get ready for red beans and rice pop-ups happening later this summer.
Shaya’s wife, Emily, is the reigning “red bean queen” in the couple’s home city of New Orleans. Back in April, she beat out 31 other restaurant contestants in a red beans bracket competition there. So she’s bringing that tradition to her second home in Denver, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on July 29 ($15 for a plate of beans and rice with cornbread and salad).
And the Shayas will also host a popular New Orleans wine bar, Bacchanal, in Denver on Aug. 10-11 for a wine and music fest.
Elsewhere in Denver, there’s another Israeli brunch to check out this summer: Ash’Kara this spring introduced a la carte hummus, breakfast tagine and pastries in the Highland neighborhood.
3330 Brighton Blvd., 720-408-2444; eatwithsafta.com; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday brunch; reservations on resy.com