Deviled Eggs & Toast @ Lamplight Lounge

Price: $12.00

When: June 24, 2018, 11:30 AM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

We’re in Phase Two of our inaugural visit to the Lamplight Lounge.

Phase One was beverages. I had the Morning Glory; Elaine had the Mint To Be. (Neither was very good.)

Phase Two is all about casual bites. We were fans of Cove Bar staples like Buffalo Wings and the Trio of Tri-Tip Sliders. Fingers crossed that the new Lamplight menu is equally good.

We start with Deviled Eggs & Toast.

Admittedly: strange concept. Deviled eggs? Sure. But … deviled eggs and toast? Not sure they’re two great tastes that taste great together, but — let’s give it a shot!

The dish arrives on a wide, oval plate. There are four halves of deviled egg, separated by pieces of toast. The whole apparatus sits atop of a smear of “almond romesco sauce,” with a few pickled veggies on the side.

Everyone reaches in for an egg, and we get to work.

The eggs are … boring. The filling is super creamy, and not remotely memorable. I’ve had deviled eggs with spicy filling, and others with add-ons for texture and oomph (e.g., bacon bits). That’s not happening here. I almost forgot I ate this the moment it cleared my esophagus.

The bread is also underwhelming. It’s a brioche, which is an interesting choice, but it’s not terribly good brioche. I try mopping up flavor from the sauce, but it doesn’t quite do the trick.

Interestingly, the best thing on the plate is the picked vegetables. They’re briny and sharp. Quite a nice break from the eggs and the bread.

This is a disappointment. The concept is strange, the execution is weird, and I have no idea who would find this enjoyable. It’s overproduced and fussy. Strip it down, lose the bread, and let’s talk.

Not recommended.