Last Sunday happened to be the hottest day of the year thus far in New York City, but my adventurous family is always up for a good meal. There was no hesitation to get in the car and head out to Brooklyn for brunch at de Mole, billed as a “family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant with a storied mole recipe, passed down from generation to generation, taking three days to make using 26 different ingredients.” We were all eager to check out the menu and try a few dishes. After all, the restaurant is led by Executive Chef/Co-Owner Jose Luis Flores, who was mentored by James Beard awarded Chef Douglas Rodriguez and Chef Richard Sandoval, who received two stars in the New York Times for Maya. Flores, along with his family, runs the restaurant. de Mole has a comfortable, cozy, and colorful vibe and its flavors and aromas are buzz-worthy.
The restaurant is adorable, very authentically Mexican, with touches here and there. The lamps are from Oaxaca, the art hails from Mexico, and the coffee cups were made by Mexican artist Javier Servin. We were all hungry upon arrival, so we ordered a few appetizers. The Ceviche de Veracruz with mahi-mahi was fresh and tasty. The corn chips and guacamole were delicious and we devoured every morsel. Other options include Queso Fundido and de Mole nachos.
For main courses, we all tried something different: Huevos Rancheros, “de Mole” Benedict, a Tequila Cure Salmon Sandwich, and Steak and Eggs. The brunch menu also features Ahogados – Baked Eggs with spinach, cheese and spicy tomato sauce on sour bread; Avocado Toast, sourdough with poached eggs, lemon, chipotle and mixed greens. The menu also includes pancakes with assorted toppings such as agave nectar, apple compote, Cajeta (Mexican caramel sauce) and Whipped Requeson, Mexican style ricotta.
For dessert (yes, we had to try dessert!), we had a yummy Tres Leches cake with bananas and strawberries (direct from Flores’ cookbook!).
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm
Next on our agenda: dinner at de Mole! Yes, we all want to go back.
de Mole is located at 2 Hope Street in Brooklyn.
Disclosure: Our meal at de Mole was mostly complimentary to facilitate this review and others, but all opinions are my own.