CLTure Brunch Life: Fahrenheit

By Lindsay Kosma 

February 9, 2016

You know the view… it is arguably the best in Charlotte. Perched on the 21st floor of Skye Condos in the middle of Uptown, Fahrenheit offers modernized American cuisine, creative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and local beer. These offerings, which are the brainchild of Chef Rocco Whalen, mesh well with the enchanting environment of the restaurant. Herb gardens, a fire pit, and a rooftop pool decorate the expansive, glass-encased patio where patrons can socialize as they sip. All of these elements make Fahrenheit an ideal place for a great brunch. 

We started with some drinks:

Baklava Mule
Mystic Bourbon, Frangelico, Lime, Honey, Fever Tree Ginger Beer
This option was served prior to the meal and really opened up the palate– it was easy, light, and crisp. The ginger and Frangelico elevated this drink past your traditional “mule” to a balanced but invigorating beverage.

Mulled Saki Sangria
Mulled Wine, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Simple Syrup, Soda
Sangria is one of those drinks that can often be overdone. This version, however, was fresh, not-overpowering, with well thought out flavors. Each sip was filled with whole, crushed berries, and was an exemplary complement to every dish served throughout the brunch. 

Brunch:

Fried Biscuit Doughnut Holes
Cardamom, Brown Sugar, Cloister Honey
To start: A generous portion of bite-sized doughnuts, glistening in the low light from swirls of honey and sugar. The bite was crisp and sweet at the front with warm, cakey satisfaction at the finish. Buttery vanilla was nicely balanced by the barely candied outside with notes of cardamom and cinnamon.

Avocado
French Brie, Roasted Garlic, Thyme & Cloister Honey, Arnold Multi Grain
It’s the stuff of dreams, avocado and toast, and this interpretation only enhanced the naturally perfect pair. Both the French brie and roasted garlic richened the flavor, and the thyme and honey added interest to round out the dish.

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Avocado – French Brie, Roasted Garlic, Thyme & Cloister Honey, Arnold Multi Grain. Photo by Kurt Shackelford

Jumbo Cap’n Crunch Pancakes
Vanilla Milk Reduction, Sugar
A trio of fluffy, wonderfully browned pancakes piled high with colorful Cap’n Crunch cereal. Sweet nostalgia spread around the table the moment this plate arrived.

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Jumbo Cap’n Crunch Pancakes photo by Kurt Shackelford

Loco Moco
Domestic Lamb, Griddled Ramen Cake, Lamb Jus, Sunny Side Up Local Farm Eggs
The grilled ramen cake was nicely crisp, and served as a starchy bed for the rest of the dish. The lamb, exceptionally tender and flavorful, upgraded the dish to a sophisticated variation of the traditional breakfast trio.

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Loco Moco photo by Kurt Shackelford

Bloody Mary Braised Pork Belly Biscuit
House Made Cheddar Biscuit, Heritage Farms Pork Belly, Fried Egg, Kimchi Hollandaise
This is not your typical breakfast sandwich. The pork belly, cradled inside the cheddar biscuit, was extremely savory. The Kimchi flavor brought an acidic component that played very well with the other components of the dish.

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Bloody Mary Braised Pork Belly Biscuit photo by Kurt Shackelford

Fahrenheit
222 South Caldwell St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
980-237-6718

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