We got there about 10:15 for a Saturday Brunch.
Theyve re-done the inside, and now its bigger and much cleaner-looking. The concrete floors, and wood veneer walls give it a warmer feeling. The lighting is simple, the music appropriate and the seats and tables are comfortable.
The service for Saturday brunch is SSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWW.
The menu is nice, a simple leather-bound affair with various egg offerings, sandwiches, soups and entrees. There are also quite a few beverage offerings.
I ordered the Poached Eggs with artichoke tapenade & grilled heirloom tomatoes with roasted potatoes and toasted olive bread. Wifey ordered the Frittata Verde with spinach, fresh herbs and grilled asparagus served with roasted potatoes.
The frittata was okay, pretty much as expected, but a little underdone for her taste. Not enough to send back, though.
The poached eggs looked delicious on paper, but the execution wasnt quite there. The presentation was outstanding, with the molded poached eggs placed over halved canned artichoke hearts, and the artichoke tapenade on top. Then the nicely-cooked and seasoned cubed fried potatoes were spread across the other side of the plate, and the grilled, buttered olive bread artistically placed over the potatoes. My mouth was watering.
Where it fell apart was that the tapenade was cold. Not room temperature, it was cold. Needless to say, this made the eggs cold, and while they were cooked perfectly, it just wasnt what it could have been. The heirloom tomatoes turned out to be one small tomato with an unusually large core. I liked it, though.
The flavors were good. The olive bread was perfect for the dish, and as I explained earlier, the potatoes were very tasty.
The coffees good, and the servers, while slow, are quite friendly and personable.
1155 North Highland Ave (north of Santa Monica)
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