Brunch at Olivar

The ground-floor space on the west side of the Anhalt Loveless building has seen its share of tenants come and go. Brunch lovers have special reason to hope that the current occupant, Olivar, stays for a while. A product of chef Philippe Thomelin’s own Franco-Catalan background, Olivar’s menu has recently expanded to include a new brunch menu from 10am to 2pm on Satuday and Sunday. The offerings start with the Mallorcan pastry Ensaïmada:

Ensaïmada

… and continue on from there to include both hot and cold plates such as Patatas al lo Pobre, Tortilla Francesa and a Spanish-inflected Croque Monsieur with Manchego cheese:

Croque Monsieur

Thomelin is offering the new brunch menu either prix-fixe or à la carte. The offerings add up to a sunny jaunt around the Mediterranean in search of comfort food — a happy coincidence between the core ingredients of his cuisine and what most people want on a weekend morning. Olivar’s location at the head of broadway, together with the warm interior offered by the vintage 1930s murals, offers hope to those who wonder if this part of Capitol Hill will survive the condofication and light-rail-a-ma-zation that’s happening all around it.

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