Brioche French Toast @ Flo’s V8 Cafe

Price: $8.49

When: June 3, 2017, 9:30 AM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

We’re at Flo’s V8 Cafe for breakfast. I’ve started on my (disappointing) American Breakfast. Rafa, for his part, went a totally different direction: the Brioche French Toast.

The French Toast is a freestanding monolith of pastry. It’s drenched in caramel syrup, topped with two pieces of banana, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It’s attractive. Plate appeal is high.

The forks come out, and in we go.

Immediate reaction: whoa. This is sweet. Like, crazy sweet. Sugar in every bite. The pastry is reasonable, and sports a crunchy top layer. (Great texture). The bananas aren’t overpowering, but they do make themselves felt. And the caramel sauce is wholly gratuitous, a rich vein of unnecessary (but enjoyable) flavor.

“It’s Cinnabon, basically,” said Rafa.

This is dessert-as-breakfast. It’s decent quality (and better than the American Breakfast), but it’s so overpowering, so sugary, that neither of us could finish. Unless you’re planning to split this between a dozen fifth-graders, it’s hard to imagine anyone getting to the end of it.

This has its merits, but I wouldn’t order it again.

Not recommended.