House of Small Wonder
77 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Attention fellow friends who love cute little non-traditional brunch places: I have found your next brunch spot. It’s just off the L train in Williamsburg. House of Small Wonder is a pseudo European cafe with Japanese influences. You all know my opinion of eggs bennies and scrambled eggs (rarely worth the trek out for brunch unless you’re Prune) and my deep love affair with Japanese brunches (see Sakamai and Shabu Tatsu). House of Small Wonder is another Japanese inspired brunch place to add to the list. Its menu consists of both “euro” items like sandwiches (e.g. fig+brie+apple sandwich, salumi arugula sandwich), croissant french toasts, and croque madames, as well as Japanese inspired dishes like Okinawan taco rice, tsukune don (meatball + rice), and sashimi zuke don (sashimi + rice).
It’s decor is also the cutest! You basically enter a little greenhouse with a REAL LIVING TREE in the center of the restaurant. Every wooden surface, faded piece of art, pot of plant, and trendy diner (see B.J. in this one) is Instagram worthy. K.C., B.J., R.Y., and I got to the restaurant before it even opened (10am on weekends) to ensure we got in without a wait.
We each started with the Lavender Latte ($5). This is one deliciously smooth, creamy, latte with a hint of lavender. It has just the right amount of sweetness to feel like a real latte and not a dessert. I give it 10 out of 10 points for warming me physically and emotionally (lots of feelings were expressed at this brunch <3). For those looking for more of a boozy brunch experience, they also offer a cocktail list with concoctions such as fizzy pear, lavender lemonade, and tipsy latte. K.C., B.Y., R.Y. – next time we do boozy?
K.C. and I both ordered the Sashimi Zuke Don ($15), which consisted of soy sauce marinated sashimi of the day, avocado, sweet mushrooms, sesame, and egg served over sushi rice. The ratio of toppings to rice was perfect. Every bite was like a perfect bite of sushi really. The quality of fish was solid (not the highest grade but also zero fishiness). The rice was great. Highly recommend.
R.Y. and B.J. both got the Tsukune Don ($13), which consisted of five chicken meatballs with teriyaki sauce, nori, scaillion, sesame, and egg over rice. The meatballs were extremely tender. Teriyaki sauce was not overwhelming (hate it when restaurants douse their meats in teriyaki sauce). Poached egg was runny and tasted delicious with the meatballs and rice. Great, hearty rice bowl. It also came with a bowl of high quality miso soup (very umami).
I also decided to try their corn soup ($3). The soup was probably my least favorite of everything we ordered so I wouldn’t recommend. It wasn’t bad. But it also wasn’t particularly great. Just a standard cream of corn soup. I happen to love anything corn-y (har…har…harharharhar) so enjoyed this bowl nonetheless.
Lastly, we shared a nutella banana croissant ($3.75). Nothing particularly special about this one either but it was still delicious. The croissant was good (flaky and moist). Nutella is nutella (amazing). If I lived in the area, I would love to come for a cup of coffee and have this. Next time I go I want to try their banana cake and earl grey creme brulee…
Everything I had was good to great. Restaurant itself is super cute. Definitely worth coming back to again and again. The only qualm I have about our meal was that the things we ordered tasted a little weird together. Lavender lattes do NOT go well with sashimi over rice or corn soup. Their menu is less “Japanese influenced” as it is a menu with Japanese dishes and separate “Western” dishes. Next time I’ll try to pair my foods better.