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What’s the best part of a Maketto brunch? Buns, baby. And I’m not talking about a cute waiter (because that would be weird and uncomfortable). Unless you live under a rock, you have been to Maketto and sampled their famous leek buns. A dish that can be only be described as fluffy, cloud-like doughy softballs that are stuffed with a curry infused leek filling, served alongside a deep and dark hoisin sauce. Even though the buns are served at lunch and dinner too, they are the highlight of every meal at Maketto. Let’s take a look at the other dim sum dishes that you can only get at brunch.

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Dumplings! Yes, vegetable gyoza are served at brunch. Soft dumpling wrappers envelope a savory vegetable filling of sautéed greens, and served over gingery-garlicky-soy sauce dressing, crowned with fresh cilantro. The dumplings are bright and fresh, chewy and soft. Get two orders.

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Lo mein noodles were a major highlight. These are not your typical bland take-out noodles. At Maketto, they’re tossed with greens, mushrooms and a rich, heady, sweet and spicy sauce that you will want to bathe in. We also enjoyed the eggplant, mashed and served with a creamy tofu and crispy hunks of bread for dunking. For something sweet try the sublime soy milk donut sticks that will clog your arteries but make your taste buds sing.

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No brunch is complete without booze. I’m always confused when I see people drinking water at brunch. The whole point of brunch is to have an excuse to day-drink (as if I need an excuse). At Maketto, the brunch cocktail menu strays from the usual mimosa and Bloody Mary offerings. I tried a white wine-lemon-lime concoction which was super refreshing and my husband tried a coffee and egg yolk drink that sounded horrible but tasted like a white Russian.

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Brunch at Maketto isn’t cheap; you will want about five dishes for two people and each dish is $10 or $11 dollars. But, considering the labor involved in making dumplings by hand, its totally worth it.

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