It has just recently occurred to me that most restaurants here offer weekend brunch menus. This can be a welcome change from the standard American diner fare that we’ve become accustomed to since moving to Alaska; there’s only a certain amount of fried potato this Melbourne-ized brunch addict can stomach before seriously missing smoothie bowls and breakfast salads (Journeyman charred greens, oh how I miss you….). So this weekend saw us giving Kriner’s a pass and heading downtown to Ginger instead.
Ginger is one of our favorite restaurants in Anchorage. Its pan-Asian menu encompasses the spectrum of noodles, curries, spring rolls and dumplings, beautifully cooked seafood, as well as the more standard American-style fare of salads, sandwiches, burgers and (pretty killer) fries, with an Asian spin. For brunch specifically, their take on breakfast tacos delivers a more-ish combination of hoisin chicken with a spicy, tangy, lime and sriracha sour cream, a textbook representation of the sweet/salty/sour holy trinity of south-east Asian cuisine. Other brunch options are fairly standard – think fry-ups, eggs benedict, french toast and omelettes – with the upside being that their full lunch menu is also available. This works well for us as it means I can have a side of banana and lemongrass soup (sounds weird, I know, but this is arguably my favorite item on the menu) with my curry chicken tacos (or ahi tuna stack, also a bit weird for brunch, but it’s delicious so what the heck), and hubby, who will happily eat diner food at every given opportunity, can have an overloaded carnivore’s omelette with, you guessed it, fried potatoes.
For some, brunch is not brunch without cocktails, and you will be glad to hear that their full menu of classic, along with fruity, house specialty cocktails is also served from 11am.
Brunch is served in the bar and another upside is that it is generally fairly quiet, with always-attentive service. All-in-all, a great option for our weekly brunch rotation when hash browns are feeling a bit old or we can’t be bothered queuing at South.