Moct - Why Wait for a Plate?

Unfortunately since May 29, The Moct is no longer serving brunch. This saddens me, because I really think that had one of the best locations and atmospheres in the city. Not to mention the price for an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. I will keep my eyes peeled if they resume this Sunday morning meal.

On a crisp, Sunday morning, I was looking over the Facebook Fan page for Milwaukee Brunch Reviews, and a video had been posted to the wall. I watched it, and it was the chef at Moct talking a little about the brunch that was being offered with the catchy tagline, "Why wait for a plate?" I had not known that this popular Walkers Point club offered food, so I was on a mission to check out this new brunch.

Located on East Pittsburgh street on the opposite side of the Milwaukee River from MIAD, Moct (pronounced Most) is Serbian for bridge. And this club takes the trendiness of the Third Ward and brings it to this old warehouse. The bar that separates the space between public and private dining is a huge wall of light. The steel bars that accent the wall are reminiscent of the Hoan bridge just down the river. The four large garage doors open up and let in an amazing amount of light and fresh air into the space. Nicely decorated, this bar/club/restaurant has a nice rotation of area DJs for Friday and Saturday night excitement, but I wanted to know how they would wrap up the weekend with their Sunday brunch.

Out with me this morning were Andrew and our friend, Tony. Before we left, I showed them the video on YouTube I had seen earlier in the day. We then headed down to check it out for ourselves.

We walked into Moct through on the open garage doors and found out way to the host area where we waited for a table. Katie, our server, walked us over to a table under a huge skylight in the front of the space. She handed us menus and let us know about the brunch buffet that was set up. For all-you-can-eat, this $12 buffet had a nice spread along with a made-to-order omlette and waffle station.

We ordered our drinks and left the table to check out the buffet. We all ordered coffee ($2) and water to start off with. Andrew ordered a bloody mary ($5). The drink came with a small chaser of tap beer and was garnished with two olives and two cheese curds. I said it looked like the bloody was looking back at me like the stack of cash from a Gieco commercial. Andrew said the drink was good, but had a strong taste of pickle to it. Overall though, it was good for the price. Tony and I ordered a mimosa ($7). The drink was ok. I thought it was a little sour and could have used some triple sec or something else to make it a bit sweeter. Tony thought the same, and we agreed it was just ok.

Heading over to the buffet, we began to survey what was in store. My first plate I decided to try a variety of items. First up were some mini crab cakes and a deviled egg. These bite-sized items were great to start with. They crab cakes were done nicely where they were still warm and cripsy. They even had a couple of stripes of the sauce on top of them, so I was guaranteed to have a nice combination of flavors with each bite. The deviled egg was also a little different for brunch, but was very good. For the entree, I had a serving of Santa Fe eggs, cheesy hash browns and bacon. The Santa Fe eggs were awesome. The scrambled eggs had so much flavor by themselves, but adding in the cheese, salsa and ground beef, the flavors were impeccable. Also, since they were served in a large quantity, the seasoning and texture of the food stayed in tact. Always a hard thing to do for a buffet. The cheesy hash browns were something out of my childhood. These thin strips of potatoes were coated in cheese and then topped with crumpled potato chips. The richness of the cheese and the crunchiness of the chips made these hash browns outstanding. Also to note was the bacon. Rather than sitting in a pool of grease in the tray, it sat on a small rack, elevated to stay cripsy longer. Nice work.

Andrew and Tony both had similar dishes the first time around. Also, when I had Andrew try the cheesy hash browns from me, he helped himself to a generous helping of them with his next trip.

For my second plate, I wanted to check out their made-to-order omelette station. Walking up to this area, I was greeted by the chef from the video, Chef Jeremy Hoch. He greeted me and asked me what I wanted in my omelette. Seeing the spread in front of me, I asked for ham, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. I then stood back and waited. Chef Jeremy told me that I did not need to wait. I could sit down back at my table and someone would bring my omelette to me. How awesome is that?! In walking back to the table, I grabbed a small plate of watermelon, melon and pineapple to snack upon. Soon thereafer, Chef Jeremy delivered my omelette to the table. The fluffy eggs were just as good as those in the Santa Fe eggs. The omelette was good. The ingredients were nicely chopped so that every bite, I had just enough of each flavor.

While I got an omelette, Tony decided to get a waffle. While I enjoyed my egg entree, I was secretly watching Tony enjoy his waffle. So for my third round up at the buffet, I had to get one. The chef once again took my order and delivered my creation to me at the table. My chocolate chip, strawberry waffle with chocolate sauce was a great way to end my brunch experience at Moct. I do not think it lasted more than two minutes on the plate. The fluffy, sweet waffle was nicely cooked and loaded with strawberries and sauce. With some help from Andrew, the waffle was history.

If you are looking for a brunch buffet done right, you need to check out Moct in Walker's Point. The atmosphere is modern and urban that fits nicely with the historic building. The food is great for a buffet: easy to serve and kept fresh. My only thought is for their to be name plates on each of the trays, so people know what is under the lid. I highly recommend getting over to Moct to check out their amazing Sunday brunch buffet, just note that street parking is the only option. Plus, for $12 per person, "why wait for a plate?"

What have been your experiences at Moct? Have you been there for any of their other meals? Respond below in the comments!

All the details you want to know: (on a five star rating)

Moct (****½)
240 East Pittsburgh Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204

(414) 273-MOCT
Moct/Novo on Urbanspoon

Brunch hours:
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Atmosphere: ***** (awesome)
Amazing mix of modern and historic. The open space and garage doors let in so much light and fresh air.

Food: ***** (awesome)
Awesome flavors and entrees for a buffet. Loved the made-to-order station and having it delivered out to the table. A very nice touch. Only wish there were name tags on what was at the buffet.

Service: ***** (awesome)
Attentive, friendly and knowledgable

Drinks: ***½ (pretty good)
Mimosa - *** (pretty good) I only wish it was sweeter.
Bloody Mary - **** (very good) The pickle taste was a bit different.

Price: ***** (awesome)
I mean for $12 a plate, how could you go wrong?