what: Smoked & Cured Atlantic Salmon Board
where: Motor Supply Co. Bistro, 920 Gervais St.
Brunch doesn’t have to be all about crispy bacon piled into a biscuit, poached eggs with runny yolks or bourbon maple syrup-drenched blueberry buttermilk pancakes.
Often the most mindful-eating menu choice is the pescatarian option. Sure, curing salmon jacks up the sodium quotient, but the fish still remains endowed with a hefty dose of heart disease and macular degeneration-preventing omega-3 fats.
Every firm flake of this delicately seasoned house-smoked fillet is imbued with a subtle sweetness and woody notes that linger on the tongue. The clean and simple flavors are pleasing on their own, but the accompanying bright smear of fresh pea pesto catapults the subtle preparation to a new dimension. Meanwhile, crunchy pickled red onions provide a welcome acid hit between bites.
After making short work of the salmon, I almost feel bad about having completely neglected the savory tomato jam — although it was sitting in the corner of the board like a lonely wallflower waiting for an invitation to the dance floor. But no delicious sauce gets left behind on my watch. Playing Mariano Rivera with the save, I spread the thick and sugary concoction atop a crostini and clean the plate.