From the new brunch menu: an open-faced variant on the BLT, with brown ale spread and confit tomatoes.
Seared Cod with kabocha squash, brussel sprouts, and caramelized ginger jus ($19)
The food at the Bellwether is seafood- and vegetable-heavy with continental influences and some modernist twists. One the one hand, this is simple cod with seasonal vegetables; on the other, there's arugula purée and ginger foam.
Pressed veal brest
A dish soon to join the menu. Two veal breasts are bonded with transglutaminase, then cut into neat squares. The dish is served with toasted grains and tiny mushrooms, a woodland tableau on the plate.
Crab Cake Benedict ($14)
Another brunch feature, in which griddled crab cakes replace the toasted English muffins for slow-poached eggs benedict.
Chocolate Gianduja ($7)
This two-layer mousse is made with dark and gianduja Valrhona chocolates. The arrangement comes with praline crema, candied hazelnuts, a line of Mast Brothers cocoa nibs, and a quenelle of chantilly cream. The inspiration for the dessert? A Ferrero Rocher candy, apparently.
Rear dining room
The furniture and fixtures for the vintage space have been sought out voraciously on eBay. After midnight, the space transforms: larger tabletops become small cocktail tables, side tables fold away, and the alcove in front of the mirror becomes a DJ booth. The accordion fixtures along the walls are dampeners to keep the music from leaking out onto the streets.