The Pembroke Restaurant at Dupont Circle Hotel
Prior to enjoying the most scrumptious brunch at the uber chic Pembroke, with 1950s vibes and streams of twinkling sunlight glistening off of the marble tabletops, I had already gathered that the space was highly instagrammable. Plenty of pretty photos across the IG-world have come before mine, capturing the pinky-salmon sprawl of leather sofas, cream paneled walls and orb chandeliers. But photos are never as good as the real thing, and though they got me excited to view the space, I found it even more beautiful in person and enjoyed every second of the outdoor and indoor areas. And, for those that seek a brunch spot NOT based on its Instagrammableness (ha), the food was spot on.
Alexi and I soaked up one of the now fleeting warm, sunny days of the season, while brunching on the expansive terrace. The farm-to-table Contemporary American Cuisine was exactly what we needed on this sleepy Sunday. The Pembroke Mimosas (with vodka, St. Germain, orange juice, sparkling wine) put the pep right back in my step, and the “farm fresh eggs” and Potato Rosti revived me. And maybe it’s silly to mention, but the teeny tiny, miniature sized Tabasco sauce brought me all of the joy (I guess I’m easily amused but HOW CUTE!).
Our host and server were both warm, welcoming and accommodating (shoutout to “Will from Brazil”!), and it was a pleasure meeting Matthew Rafferty, the Food & Beverage Assistant General Manager.
The many positive responses to my IG post and stories about The Pembroke make it clear that it is a beloved place– if you haven’t dined here yet, you need to. I’m eager to try out the dinner menu and take in the lovely indoor ambiance next time (plop me down at the gorg marble cocktail bar!).
A staycation at the luxurious Dupont Circle Hotel is probably NEEDED, as well!