A unique experience and a discovery of great wine and food is what you will find when you visit Lancaster’s newest wine lounge and restaurant. Complexity Wine is conveniently located on the Southwest corner of Avenue J-8 and 20th St. West and has proven to be the place to go for a relaxing and enjoyable evening and now Sunday Brunch!
I have frequented Complexity Wine quite a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed myself each and every time. The first time was with my significant other. We wanted to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass wine. For me it was Wiens Brut Rosé Sparkling and for him, a Wiens Viognier. The current wine list features over 120 different selections from various wineries in California, Washington, Oregon, France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand, so there is a very nice variety to choose from.
Mine had notes of strawberry, vanilla and lemon rind — a delicate fruit palate that cascades into a refreshing finish. His, on the other hand, was a full-bodied white wine with delicate floral notes. Both were fabulous. I wanted to start this review with our first experience as that was what kept bringing us back time after time—and then on one of our visits, much to our sheer delight we noticed they were going to start having brunch; YEAH, one more reason to make an additional trip!
We walked in the following Sunday, so excited to try out their new brunch. The menu has fun names like “Out of the Coop” and “Hot Casts” plus a number of new and interesting items—Dutch Baby, Stuffed Tufts and Everything Egg Rolls.
We both ordered off the Breakfast Boards for $15 each, which was a fun way to make our own creation.
You choose two proteins, veggies and fruit, then one starch and one dairy. Mine consisted of two poached eggs, smoked salmon, mini bagels, cucumber slices, tomatoes, cheese, watermelon and pineapple. My companion chose scrambled eggs, sausage patty, croissant, cucumber slices, grilled onions, watermelon, orange slices and cottage cheese. We really enjoyed creating our own board and the presentation was almost as beautiful as it was delicious. Our neighbors at the next table ordered from the boards as well with a few similar choices and then changing it up a bit by adding waffles, one with cream and berries and the other with maple syrup. Their boards looked almost as amazing as ours did—we will have to make another trip to try out the fabulous looking waffles that were on their boards. Everyone was happy and couldn’t wait to dig in. The food was absolutely delicious that there was pretty much no conversation going on—all you heard were a few comments like “oh my goodness” and “wow, this is fabulous” and a few “yum” along the way. Everything was cooked perfectly using the freshest ingredients, the fruit was fresh and ripened to perfection and the bakery items were fresh and soft. It was hard to imagine eating off a board, but for whatever reason it made it more fun and definitely different than any other place I’ve ever been to here in the Antelope Valley.
Now, what would brunch be without champagne—mimosas to be exact. At Complexity they have turned the ordinary into extraordinary by creating hand crafted mimosas. My companion ordered the bottomless premium Mimosa for $20 and I chose the single premium mimosa for $8. Premium meant high end champagne and adding fresh berries, juice, sugared rim for me and fresh peach, nectar and sherbet for my companion and then for his second glass he tried the berry flavor and finally for his third (but who is counting) went back to the peach. There is also seasonal red and white sangria by the glass or pitcher and French Press coffee available.
Other items on the brunch menu consist of French Toast (old-fashioned, brioche and stuffed-with berries and cream), Burgundy poached eggs, shrimp beignets, smoked salmon toast, fried eggs and greens (asparagus, heirloom tomatoes, arugula, feta, citrus), frittata, steak & eggs, Dutch baby (puffed pancake with berries, syrup & powdered sugar), SoCal (potatoes, chorizo, green chili sauce, avocado), Down South (polenta, shrimp, brown butter, parmesan) and everything eggrolls (bacon, egg, avocado, parmesan, chili aioli). Brunch is served every Sunday 9am-2pm.
Complexity offers craft beer from local breweries, Hank’s soda and a variety of flavored iced teas from Lancaster’s very own, The Modern Tea Room. The daily menu consists of starters (stuffed dates olives, hummus, marinated mozzarella, shrimp beignet) to name a few plus paninis, flatbreads, crostini (on toast), quite a few gourmet salad and exotic sides, skewers (brochette), gourmet mac & cheese, Complexities (dinner entrees—shrimp, lamb chops, salmon, chicken, and beef Burgonion all prepared in a myriad of ways. Cheese and charcuterie served with choice of gourmet cheese and meat from the charcuterie offerings served with the chef’s selection of fruits, nuts, breads and seasonal accompaniments. Be sure to ask your server for the day’s selection of artisan cheeses and meats.
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Complexity offers a guided wine tasting with five hand-selected wine and food pairings guided by the owner himself for $25 per person.
Complexity Wine Lounge and Restaurant is open Sunday 9am-8pm (brunch 9am-2pm), Monday – Thursday 4-10pm, Friday 4pm-midnight and Saturday noon- midnight. and located at 2010 W. Ave J-8, 661-577-4141. Check the website www.ComplexityWineAV.com for complete menu and more information. Bon Appetit!