The 3 Sirens Restaurant Group has had a busy year. One might say a year to remember.
The group, made up of Johnna Hayes, Sara Day and Debra Zinke, had taken ownership of The Bramble Breakfast & Bar downtown, and in January, opened a second restaurant on the Riverwalk in Jenks.
In March, the owners opened Bird & Bottle, a bistro on the back side of Ranch Acres shopping center. In April, they closed the downtown Bramble, and in August, they opened a new Bramble in the former Phoenix Café building at Sixth Street and Peoria Avenue in the Pearl District.
They might not be done yet for 2018.
“We just signed a lease to put a Bramble in the cathedral of a former downtown church in Broken Arrow,” said Hayes, who handles the day-to-day operations. “It will have a perfectly round bar that seats 30, and we plan to put some of the sound system in the old bell tower. We might get it open by the end of the year.”
Until that one comes along, the newest Bramble in the Pearl District has, for me, the best vibe of all of the locations.
The Riverwalk store has a great view of the river when it has running water, and the decorations, menu and bar offerings are the same at both restaurants. Still, there is something about the Sixth Street restaurant that seems special.
Hayes had some ideas why that might be.
“Well, we have a lot of windows, a great view of the park across the street and a lot of traffic — cars and pedestrians — to watch go by,” she said.
Whatever, we enjoyed a pleasant brunch recently with a view of the sidewalk and park in one direction and a television in a corner of the room in the other direction showing the Sooners beating up on some dainty Left Coast team.
While looking over the menu, we saw a Monte-Carlo Benedict ($13) go past us to another table, and that settled one of our dishes. For the other, we chose the Cuban dip sandwich ($11).
The Benedict featured house-cured ham on deep-fried brioche with smoked cheddar cheese, spicy jam, orange hollandaise sauce and two sunny-side-up eggs that were barely poached. They came with a tasty ketchup that likely was made in-house or doctored. The dish delivered a lot of flavor, largely due to the orange hollandaise.
The Cuban dip sandwich had a flavorful mix of house-cured ham, mojo pork, house-made pickles, cheddar cheese, Seikel’s mustard and mojo juice on a grilled baguette. The baguette was quite thick, which made the dish pretty bready and hard to get to the good stuff.
Among dishes we have had in the past and can recommend are the avocado toast, the gluten-free cobb salad and the khachapuri, the latter a fluffy loaf of bread with a well in the middle filled with a melted three-cheese blend and topped with baked runny eggs. What you do is pull off pieces of bread and dip them in the egg-cheese mixture, and it is so good.
Pancakes are a specialty, and I must come back for the bacon and bourbon pancakes some day, plus a new dish — breakfast poutine, which includes a choice of fried chicken, mojo pork or pork belly served on house-cut fries, three-cheese blend, sausage gravy and one sunny egg.
“We have been selling a ton of the poutine,” Hayes said.
The Bramble has full bar service, including craft mimosas for about $8 a glass or $30 a carafe. Some flavors include the Moscow mimosa (bubbly, cucumber gin, ginger beer, lime) and the Moody Rose (bubbly, elderflower liqueur, rosemary simple syrup, grapefruit juice).
The beers on tap are from breweries located within a mile and a half of the restaurant, and the cold brew coffee comes from Cirque Coffee Roasters just across the street.
Our server, T.J., was friendly, efficient and brought a lot of energy to the job.
The background music seemed to ebb and flow, loud at times and softer at times, for no apparent reason that I could figure.
Stephen Lindstrom is executive chef for all of the restaurants. The owners also have begun 3 Sirens Catering, and Laura Bufford manages that side of the business.
The tables in front of two wall banquettes have tablecloths, while the remainder of the room has plain wooden tables. The bar seats 22.
A feature I always have liked about The Bramble is the signature glass chandeliers in shades of amber, turquoise and clear, all held up by galvanized pipe.
This Bramble wasn’t in the plans when the group opened the Riverwalk Bramble and Bird & Bottle.
“I had secretly been stalking it after the Phoenix Café closed,” Hayes said. “Then I thought they were going to reopen the Phoenix, and when that didn’t happen, I told one of my business partners we had to figure out who the landlords were.
“At first, I wasn’t sure what to put here, but the space just lends itself to what we are doing with The Bramble.”