Squable’s menu is designed for sharing. Brunch is separated into three parts: bread, small plates and big plates.
Two clean plates were set in front of my tablemate and me, while every dish we ordered came out and was set between us. This meant before we ordered we had to talk through each decision, which was made easier by our server’s suggestions.
Between the yeast doughnuts, Dutch baby pancake and the brioche French toast in the bread section, we choose the latter. The French toast came with peaches, ricotta, black pepper and sorghum on top of three triangular slices of bread.
The ricotta, which would usually be off-putting to me, and the black pepper offset the sweetness of the peaches. I especially liked the black pepper, an addition I would never think to see on French toast because most French toast tends to be 110 percent sweet.
I can’t normally eat a lot of French toast because of how much sugar I taste in them, but with Squable’s, that balance gave it an almost savory side.
Once we put that dish away, a few minutes later the small plate we ordered, griddled wrap bread, was set on the table.
The wrap bread had two perfectly fried eggs on top with slices of avocado, all drizzled with piri piri sauce. It’s the restaurant’s version of avocado toast.
I liked the eggs with the freshly sliced avocado, but the bread didn’t complement it. It reminded me of a pancake that had been cooked too long. The piri piri sauce reminded me of a hot sauce, but it wasn’t spicy. However, this dish was my brunch partner’s favorite of the three we tried and she ended up eating most of it.
Our last entrée was the carbonara, a pasta dish on the big-plates portion of the menu. It came with bucatini, small chunks of crisp bacon, a confit egg yolk and pecorino. My friend mentioned that it was odd to her to see traditional breakfast items on a pasta dish.
It was a first for me as well, but I loved it. The egg yolk broke and ran lightly over the noodles, which I expectantly enjoyed. The overall flavor was mild and reminded me of a light pesto or alfredo sauce. The noodles were my favorite part. I love fresh noodles that don’t come from a box.
Squable can be on the pricey side, depending on what’s ordered, but for me the food was worth it.
Address: 632 W. 19th St.
Hours: 4–10 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday
Plate pricing: $7-$29
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Carbonara