Orange, Contemporary Brunch-Chicago

So, today is my first restaurant review. I was looking through old photos and stumbled upon a few from my birthday brunch back in October. My boyfriend and two best friends surprised me with this restaurant. 

Orange Restaurant has multiple locations throughout Chicago and is known for their “Frushi”, a breakfast type dish containing fruit that resembles sushi. 

For a review I give Orange a yellow, proceed with caution. Read below to find out why.

We arrived just before the brunch time rush, so we were seated relatively quickly. Unfortunately, we found the service to be mediocre, if not bad. Our glasses were dirty and the waitress tried to cover it up by quickly filling our waters and orange juices. 
The orange juice is freshly squeezed and delicious. Perfect for brunch at a restaurant named Orange.
The water had paper thin slices of cucumber which gave it a delicate infusion of cucumber freshness. Some love it, some hate it. Yum in my book.
Orange is focused on vegetarian dishes, but has created a section of the menu for egg-lovers. 3 out of 4 of us ordered some sort of pancake dish and one ordered an omelet. 

Kate and her Omelet
Kate ordered the Omelet #6: Stuffed with asparagus & forest mushrooms, sautéed with garlic & marjoram (wild oregano) mixed with aged jack cheese, topped with toasted almonds & drizzled with a rich balsamic reduction. 8.99″
Sound great right? Wrong. Kate said that the omelet missed the mark and the potatoes were dry and hard to eat. 
Omelet #6

I ordered the “Cinnamon Roll Pancakes: Cinnamon-infused pancakes, served with maple-pecan paste, topped with sweet vanilla glaze & powdered sugar. 8.99″
I enjoyed my dish. The textures were great and the spices were perfect. 
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes-Sorry for the fuzzy picture
Next up, Katie ordered the seasonal Pumpkin Pancakes. I couldn’t find the menu description on their website, so I am sorry for the lack of description. She, also, said the flavors were great and the cakes were the perfect pancake consistency. I tried them, and agreed!
Katie and her Pumpkin Pancakes

Last, but not least, Ethan. He ordered the “Chai Tea French Toast: Baked, chai tea-infused French toast, stuffed with Ricotta cheese, served over a chai tea latte reduction and topped with honey and caramelized apples. 8.99
By the way, Ethan and Chai Tea are synonymous in my mind.
He enjoyed the dish, but said after a few filling bites that it was becoming too rich. You cannot see it in the picture, but the toasts sit in the pool of chai-tea like milk. This unfortunately caused the toasts to get very soggy, very quickly. I personally loved the textures of it, but Ethan said the sogginess contributed to the overwhelming richness by the end. 
Chai Tea French Toast

By the end of the meal, we had seen our waitress once. We couldn’t even recognize her in the crowd of wait staff. 
We finally got the bill and paid, but again waited for our waitress to run the credit cards. 
Overall, the experience was good because of the company, but the meal comes out with mixed reviews. 
So, as previously stated, my final verdict is a Yellow. In summary:
The atmosphere was fun and light. They did a good job at putting fun twists on each meal. The right dishes were very yummy. Stick to the vegetarian, skip anything with vegetables. I’d be curious to go back and try the frushi. The number of locations makes it convenient for a lot of people across the city. The wait to be seated got long, so get their early or late. The prices aren’t cheap, but given we are in a city they aren’t ridiculous either. Comment and let me know what you think about Orange and my review.
Orange, Contemporary Brunch-Chicago

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