I love Clementine. I eat here every time I visit LA, I ate here twice during my last visit. The food is delicious, the quality is excellent and the prices are so very reasonable (which is rare in LA). Yes, parking is a nightmare and you have to fight for a table, but so what? I would endure far worse for this food.
The rare roast beef sanwich is a serious addiction. Perfectly pink, tender and juicy roast beef, piled on think. The horseradish aioli is a good match for the beef, and the arugula and onion round it out. I've searched all over the Bay Area for a roast beef sanwich like this one, and it doesn't exist. If I lived in LA I would eat one every week.
After looking over their breakfast menu, I decided I had to check it out for the Saturday brunch. I'm glad I did. The eggs benedict are outstanding. Perfectly poached eggs, with bright orange yolks running all over. Thinly sliced ham that is present but not overpowering. Fresh English Muffins are perfect for mopping up a Hollondaise that makes me weak in the knees just thinking about it. They throw a side of arugula on there, just to make you think you're eating healthy. The greens did balance out the plate nicely. This is one of the best Benedicts I've had, and I eat a lot of Benedict.
I also loved the house cured gravlax with a bagel. It was a thick pile of thinly sliced, beautifully smoked salmon, that was not too salty. They loaded up the fresh cream cheese and red onion so that each bite of bagel had the perfect topping ratio. I would definitely order this dish again.
The great thing about Clementine on a Saturday morning (aside from the Sat. only Benedict) is that parking is a breeze and there are tons of open tables.
Only real disappointment are the desserts, which were too sweet for my taste. Ah well, I'll still be back.
You are all so very lucky to have this gem. I love the food scene where I live, but I dream about Clementine whenever I visit LA.
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