had brunch at Ouest on sunday. i called ahead to see if we needed a reservation, but the hostess told us to just come in. when we arrived around 1:30, we were quite surprised that the dining room was only about half full. a look at the menu revealed the most obvious reason - the the only brunch option was the $24 prix fixe menu that didn't even include a free mimosa/bloody mary or dessert. but still ouest was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences i've had in the city in awhile. *amazing and still warm, freshly baked bread basket - minis of blueberry coffee cake, cranberry scones, sesame mini baguette, raisin walnut brioche *choice of appetizer- we had the spicy tomato bisque- noncream based tomato soup with a small perfect kick, drizzled with a bit of cream and chives sprinkles (other options: fresh house made granola or yogurt) *choice of entree- i had the spinach and gruyere egg souffle which was rich, decadent and enough for 2. it was served in a beurre blanc sauce and i was pleasantly surprised to find a bit of shitake mushroom in it as well. my companion had the fried poached egg with smoked duck carpaccio. the contrast in textures was amazing. it was served with a bit of ruffage (frisee, i believe) and drizzled with a light balsalmic vinagriatte. and the service was fantastic!