Thursday, July 18, 2024


If mom’s getting a meal Sunday in return for, you know, raising you and supporting you all these years, there are a few restaurants in Cambridge bidding for your brunch business:


Moksa, Central Square, $20


This sleek, modern restaurant offers a wide-ranging Asian-inspired buffet for $20 per person, or $10 children 5 and over and free for those 4 and under, including an ice cream sundae bar and Bloody Mary garnish bar (mimosas and brunch drinks are $4.50). With a mix of traditional and unique fare, Moksa’s brunch is likely to have something mom will love: hot and sour soup, mixed green salad, scrambled eggs, Masala Scramble, home fries, Aloo Tikki potato patties, bacon, sausage, french toast, buttermilk pancakes, the kinds of dumplings, vegetable fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, chicken pad Thai, salmon nuggets, toast, breakfast rolls, cereals, yogurt and fresh fruit.

The brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Moksa Restaurant, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. For information and to make reservations, call (617) 661-4900 or click here.


Beat Hôtel, Harvard Square, $14 to $28


The Bohemian Beat Hôtel has à la carte Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with $14-$16 meals by executive chef Rebecca Newell, including quiche with Italian sausage, kale and mozzarella; frites and salad; Wild Flower Honey & Lemon Pancakes with strawberry compote; and Eggs Benedict with choice of ham or house-smoked salmon. Children 10 and under have their own menu to choose from, including scrambled eggs and toast, grilled cheese and French toast.

Dinner specials and live jazz go from 4 p.m. to midnight, also served à la carte alongside Beat’s traditional menu, including Buffalo Cauliflower ($10), Colorado Lamb Chops with white beans, broccoli rabe, polenta and pesto ($28), the super-natural Earth Bowl with vegetables, five-grain pilaf and pumpkin tahini sauce ($20) and Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breast with bulgur salad, spinach, chickpeas, feta and tahini ($24).

Beat Hôtel is at 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square. For information and to make reservations, call (617) 499-0001 or click here.


Nubar, Harvard Square, $42


The patio at chic Nubar at the Sheraton Commander Hotel opens Sunday in time for a holiday buffet with carving station, a chef cooking eggs to order, several traditional and creative dishes, a salad station and dessert bar.

The brunch is $42 for adults, or $20 for kids and free for kids under 5 and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Nubar, 16 Garden St., Harvard Square. For information and to make reservations, call (617) 234-1365 or click here.


Rialto, Harvard Square, $65


The elegant Rialto Restaurant and Bar in the Charles Hotel has a three-course fixed-price menu for $65 per adult and $25 per child.

The adult menu: breakfast antipasti with asparagus and salsa verde; Parma prosciutto, olive-artichoke relish and burrata; smoked char, lemon oil, creme fraiche and radish-carrot salad; Easter cheese focaccia, ginger-cherry scones, Tuscan rolls and breadsticks; Peeky-Toe Crab Tagliatelle, Egg-in-a-Hole, potato gnocchi, pan-roasted halibut, smoked chicken breast, roasted leg of lamb or steak, oyster and eggs; and, to end the meal, Limoncello Baba, Rhubarb Frangipane Tart, fresh mixed berries or chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake.

The kids’ menu includes the breakfast antipasti; tagliatelle with crab, roasted chicken breast with mashed potatoes or tenderloin with roasted potatoes; and for dessert, ice cream sundaes with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, pistachios, whipped cream and strawberries or cupcakes with vanilla cake, whipped cream and chocolate buttercream frosting.

The brunch is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Rialto, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. For information and to make reservations, call (617) 661-5050 or click here.