By Dane Feldman
Photos by Dane Feldman.
Moonshine Modern Supper Club is located on Main Street in Millburn, New Jersey. I’ve been trying to dine here for almost a year now, but for whatever reason something seems to always come up whenever I make plans to do so. Last Sunday, the stars aligned and as I was heading into town with a friend for some bagels, we saw people filing into Moonshine for brunch. Of course, we followed suit.
Moonshine offers separate menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but so far I’ve only eaten brunch here. Brunch can be done a few different ways at Moonshine: two-course prix fixe without cocktails, two-course prix fixe with bottomless cocktails, or a la carte. I had the two-course prix fixe with bottomless cocktails.
To start, I ordered the country salad: frisee, duck cracklings, pecorino roman, pistachios, a sunny side up duck egg, and truffled auch vinaigrette. This salad was delicious, light, and quite different from the majority of salads on any menu. This was my first time eating a duck egg and, while I hate to disappoint, it didn’t taste terribly different from a hen’s egg (although it was still delicious and cooked perfectly).
For my main dish, I ordered the eggs benedict with smoked salmon and home fries. This is a pretty standard presentation of eggs benedict, but the eggs were poached so perfectly that they looked like whipped cream atop the english muffin.
We were also given a basket of assorted muffins instead of bread, which I thought was a nice little brunch-y touch. I had some of a corn muffin, which was great, but had I realized the other options were walnut or banana I might have gone for the banana.
If eggs aren’t as important to you in a brunch meal as they are to me, you can also find risotto, roasted salmon, french toast, a burger, crepes, and bread pudding on the menu.
This place had me at “bottomless cocktails” and I must say that the mimosas were exquisite thanks to some good quality champagne. Beer, sangria, and bloody marys are all also on offer, but our waiter was honest enough to tell us he felt the bloody mary wasn’t anything special. Luckily for Moonshine, the mimosa is.
Outside of brunch hours, Moonshine speaks to its name with a lengthy list of creative updates of prohibition era cocktails.
The service at Moonshine is terrific. Everyone I came in contact with was friendly, tremendously attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I didn’t have to wait more than 30 seconds in between mimosas and I must say that the waiter’s honesty regarding the bloody mary went a long way with me.
The restaurant itself is immaculate and far larger than it looks from the outside. There is a seating area outside, an area by the bar, a large back room, and a lofty upstairs area. The furniture and artwork is minimalistic and industrial, but welcoming.