Eques – One of the better breakfasts in Bellevue.
Sadly for us, Bellevue doesn’t have the best pick of restaurants, especially in the breakfast arena, so we were excited to hear about this spot, but also had our doubts as it located in the Hyatt Hotel. Hotel food is typically very miss for me, but I was willing to give it a shot.
The Continental Buffet for $15.50 serves Salumi charcuterie, Beecher’s cheese, fresh fruit, and an assortment of pastries and cereals. To us, that seems like $5 too much, but I realize it’s the hotel’s only breakfast joint, other than the coffee shop. The American Buffet for $19.50 includes full access to the Continental Buffet plus the hot bar. On this particular Sunday, they featured scrambled eggs, buttermilk and red velvet pancakes, roasted potatoes, bacon, and oatmeal. Eggs made in mass are never good, the buttermilk pancakes were OK, the Red Velvet Pancakes really did taste like the classic Southern dessert.
On the weekends, they have an Omelette Bar where you can pick your ingredients for a custom omelette that they deliver to your table. Unfortunately, the omelette was overcooked.
The Pear & Fig Stuffed French Toast with a Riesling poached pear, vanilla bean cream, pear huckleberry compote, and pistachios. This is exactly the way I like my french toast — crispy. It had a nice crunchy texture on the outside and the inside was moist and soft. The filling was sparse and the cream had cornstarch in it (a huge pet peeve), but otherwise, definitely a highlight. The Tiramisu Pancakes are a really unique item that we were excited to try, but it was too sweet and needed more of a bitter coffee flavoring.
The “425” Pork & Eggs is one of their signature items, but could be missed. It is a stack of braised pork shoulder with two over easy eggs, breakfast potatoes, and a tomatillo salsa. It needed seasoning! The Eques Signature Eggs Benedict comes in three variations — shaved prosciutto, smoked salmon, or Alaskan dungeness crab cake. We had the crab cake benedict, which was dry, and the hollandaise sauce wasn’t fresh and tasted like it came out of a can. The Short Rib was tender, a bit under seasoned, but very moist and juicy.
Service was attentive and accommodating. I am lactose-intolerant, so they made my Fresh Fruit Berry Smoothie without yogurt and added a banana instead. My yogurt-free smoothie was a nicer, thicker consistency than my photographer’s, which was runny and a bit watery.
Summary: It’s a nice brunch place for the Eastside.
Recommendation: Skip the buffet, skip the omelettes, stick to the short rib or the french toast.
Eques | 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue | (425) 462 – 1234