After having slagged on them for months because their valet parking makes a wreck of our street, some friends and I broke down and went in on Sunday for the champagne brunch. Arriving just after Eleven opened (at 11a, conveniently) on Sunday, we were able to get a lovely table for six on the patio. And even though there was only one menu available for us to share amongst ourselves, the waiter was friendly and attentive.
Then we got to the champagne portion of the brunch. At first, we were told that bottomless champagne came with all of the brunch menu items. However when we placed our order, we were informed by our waiter that the champagne was still bottomless but had to be ordered separately from the brunch items. Odd given that the menu billed the brunch as "Champagne Brunch," but we're an adaptable crew and carried on ordering our champagne.
The champagne, which we'd never thought to ask the price of, arrived promptly with our other drink orders. Sadly, even though we were only one of two tables seated at the time, our food took thirty minutes to arrive at the table. Given that it was a beautiful morning, there weren't too many complaints, though. The food arrived, and was all competent and well-presented. None of it was better than what one could get at other local W. Hollywood breakfast haunts such as Hugo's, French Market, and Swingers, but it was certainly more than I've come expect from the kitchens of the other bar/restaurants along Santa Monica. I would give a strong recommendation to the breakfast sandwich as well as the spinach and mushroom omelette. The fries with the breakfast sandwich were hand-cut and perfectly cooked, something sure to cover for a myriad of other sins any day.
But the one sin that those delicious fries could not cover was the champagne! As we finished our meals, everyone was ready for another glass of the bottomless champagne we thought we'd ordered. Ah, but it turned out there was very much a bottom on that glass, and we'd have to order and pay for more if we wanted. Now the champagne wasn't all that great, so no one was up for actually paying for another glass. This was a good thing as when the bill arrived, itemized were our glasses of Mumm champagne for $12 each!!!
$12 a glass. For Mumm. Originally billed as "bottomless."
With that we paid our bill and, while the food wasn't bad, the bait-and-switch on the cheap-o champagne was enough to keep me away.
I would be interested to hear other's experiences, especially for dinner or cocktails.
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