Le Diplomate was one of the first places I checked out online to have brunch at. I took more of an interest when I read someone describing their pastry basket as the best. Stephen Starr and his Starr Restaurants group is behind the restaurant. I knew about him from our days living in Philadelphia. They have an extensive menu covering all the French basics and favorites, plated simply for the most part. Service was professional and polite.

Breakfast Pastries

Pain au Chocolat
It was hot out of the oven. maybe a little too hot. It had great texture and it was buttery.

It was good but an odd shape and not as flaky as I like.

A little too crisp but it tasted good.

Pain aux Raisins
A good version with plenty of plump raisins.

Blueberry Muffin
Pretty good muffin with a good texture.

Pretty good French butter.

Bread Basket
When was the last time you were served complimentary bread, specially at brunch? There was an epi, walnut raisin and I believe sour dough. They were all pretty good and crusty.

Salmon Carpaccio house cured Norwegian salmon, eggs mimosa, whipped crème fraîche
I picked this dish and enjoyed it for the most part. It was visually pretty and you got plenty of salmon. They should have skipped the salt though, since cured salmon and capers already had enough salt. The crème fraîche helped a bit.

This bread helped to balance the saltiness of the dish.

Poached Eggs Basquaise prosciutto, creamy polenta
My husband ordered this dish. It had plenty of peppers. The polenta was good but the prosciutto was too salty as is the case with most prosciutto.