Twist Sunday Brunch – Abysmal

Twist

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW

What would you do if your friend calls to ask you to brunch..a free brunch? Right you say yes thank you. So Sunday I show up to Twist – the one near Dupont Circle, which is inside the Carlyle property/hotel. Since I’ve never been to either location I did not know what to expect but heard good things so I was really looking forward to this brunch.

I was the first to arrive and grabbed a table. I arrived about noon and the main dinning area was completely full. Actually I would describe it as very cramped. There were 2 other dinning areas in addition to the main so the host led me to one of these areas. Now the main area had some sort of odd medieval european courtyard theme. It seemed out-of-place and odd to me but hey…you come for the food right? Well the room that he seated me in was just the opposite, completely void of any character at all. It was like a conference room with table clothes. Like the kind you experience when on a business conference with a speaker at a podium…no really take a look at this pic…

Twist

Twist

I’ll just get right into this and spare everyone, the food was edible but who wants to settle for edible and the atmosphere was depressing. I am not making it up, you can see the picture. The reason why I can be so harsh about this place is because of the choices that we have in DC for brunch so I can’t figure out why anyone would choose to go here…just puzzling to me.

Okay, first this is a buffet which makes very little attempt towards the presentation. Outside of lunch during the week in my office cafeteria, I don’t do buffets. It not that I’ve planned it that way its just that I don’t come across the opportunity for buffets when dining out and especially when fall and winter begin due o colds and flu so I was not really happy to see a buffet. I just get the hebbie jeebies having to pick up the utensils after so many folks…all sticky and uugh. They had a manned omelet and waffle station where I did most of my damage. The waffles where fine and he made a good omelet but there were only like 5 selections for the omelets.

Twist Brunch

Twist Brunch

 

The configuration of the buffet made it very difficult to maneuver. People where bumping into one another all the while trying to avoid the tables that where pushed up very close to the buffet area. They constantly ran out of plates and some items on the buffet.

In addition to the omelet station there was bacon, sausage, fish, beef and chicken with rice and potatoes, asparagus and a dessert area with about 3 types of cakes and sweets.

I did not sample the sweets since I had waffles but the fish was tasty and the chicken was just too tough for me.

 

Twist Brunch

Twist Brunch

 

Look, this place is a real disaster in my opinion. I think most folks who live in DC may already know this but I do have folks from out-of-town reading this blog so this is a warning for you.

The staff, although very friendly were not very efficient but they seemed to have their hands full with the amount of people of the ability to maneuver around everything.