This New Tosa Restaurant Is Now Serving Brunch

There’s not a lot of places where you can get a Scandinavian brunch.

If you’re looking for a place to add into your Sunday brunch rotation, Eldr+Rime in Tosa has a new brunch with a Scandinavian twist.

The restaurant, with a name that roughly translates to “fire and ice,” offers New American cuisine with influences from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. The restaurant opened in August 2020 amidst the pandemic, with the bar open and dinner served five days a week. Now, you can enjoy their food for Sunday brunch every week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Sunday brunch is a pretty popular thing in Milwaukee,” Executive Chef Gary Baca explained, “and having an active brunch was always part of the program when we were developing the menu and doing the design.”

The brunch menu includes Swedish Brined Beef Hash, with onion jam and smoked beef hollandaise; King Crab Benedict, with brown butter rye English muffin and white asparagus; Breakfast Flatbread, with baked eggs, bacon, parmesan and roasted garlic on Nordic Rye Flatbread; Sourdough Pancakes, for those who like to keep it simple; and so much more.

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And what’s Sunday brunch without specialty cocktails? Eldr+Rime has its own Bloody Mary spiced with house made Scandi BBQ Sauce and a local beef stick as garnish. Another to look out for is the Breakfast Reykr Old Fashioned, made with sweet and smokey bacon-fat washed Highwest American prairie bourbon.

Beyond the brunch menu, guests can look forward to the raw bar seafood items, the house-made breads (sour dough, multi-grain stout and brown butter rye English muffins) and the unique salads, which Chef Baca explained pair really well with the brunch items.

“Brunch, in our mind, is really one of those meal periods that really emphasizes and ties in the whole notion that this is a gathering place for the community,” according to Chef Baca. He described how the atmosphere, the menu, the Scandinavian influences all tie into creating the brunch and the restaurant overall.

Aside from brunch, they area also offering hygge time, which is their happy hour from 4-6 p.m., it is based on the Scandinavian hygge, a “gathering time, a time to reflect on the day, and to move on in the day.” They also are offering dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays and there is a marketplace to visit Monday through Sunday.

Eldr+Rime is also keeping social distancing in mind with their 6,800 sq. ft. restaurant. There is a socially distanced bar, dining room, two private dining rooms and an outdoor patio. They are also encouraging guests to make reservations ahead of time if they plan on visiting.

Eldr+Rime is located at 2300 N. Mayfair Rd. in Wauwatosa. For more information you can visit their website.

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Brianna Schubert is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is studying journalism, psychology and Spanish and is in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.