A bloody mary is a perfect complement for Eggs Benedict with lobster and hash browns at Brunch at Ocean 362.
GALLOWS POINT — St. John-raised chef Shaun Brian’s claim to fame at his reincarnation of Ocean 362 restaurant at The Gallows Point Resort overlooking St. Thomas is his provisioning with as many locally-sourced menu items and ingredients from St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John as possible.
As if presenting his island-inspired dinner seven days a week wasn’t enough challenge, Chef Shaun, who was raised “in a tent in Coral Bay” and earned his chef stripes in the states before returning to his island home, has added Sunday brunch to his schedule, filing a fine dining gap in Cruz Bay and allowing him to offer elements of his unique cooking style.
“We wanted to do Sunday brunch because of the view,” Ocean 362 owner Akhil Deshwal said of the dinner view of the twinkling lights of St. Thomas — which turns into a front row seat for the island’s daytime boating activity. “This enhances the whole experience.”
Brunch with Superb View
The twinkling lights of St. Thomas which complement his evening fine dining are replaced at Sunday brunch by unmatched views of boating activity in Pillsbury Sound to complement Chef Shaun’s eclectic menu featuring his island “take” on classic brunch offerings.
“We have the best pancakes in the world,” Chef Shaun said unabashedly.
“Bites” including “chef inspired” Deviled Eggs, House Baked Breakfast Bread, Salt Fish Fritters and Chef Shaun’s signature “Oysters Rock’d” which can be paired with “Sides” from $6 silver dollar pancakes to $3 house pork sausage to set the table for the handful of “Mains” from Johnny Cake Eggs Benedict with lobster — with a lemon-infused hollandaise and hash browns to Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy with house ground sausage and hash browns. All main dishes are priced under $20.
In Chef Shaun Brian’s take on Eggs Benedict cooked whole in the shell “sous vide” — under pressure in an immersion circulator — and “cracked onto the griddle” to provide a flat base to rest on the homemade mini-Johnny cakes.
Coupled with fresh lobster the dish is simply a sublime take on Sunday brunch.
Of course, Ocean 362 also offers a “Build Your Own” Bellini and Bloody Mary Bar, in addition to Javamon French Press coffee of 100 percent dark roast Kona beans.
There’s no doubt diners who have experienced Chef Shaun Brian’s locally-sourced dinner menu will be enticed to sample his Sunday brunch.
They may try to convince Chef Shaun Brian to serve breakfast daily.