In an unassuming little breakfast and lunch restaurant tucked behind a Laguna Hills mall, a former executive sous-chef from the Ritz is showing some serious skills, says woojink.
Brunch here might start with a cinnamon sticky bun ($6), baked and served in a cast iron pan with coffee syrup, a pecan glaze, and plenty of pecan-studded whipped cream.
There’s also an incredible corned beef and sweet potato hash ($4.50) with char-grilled slices of succulent corned beef, tarragon-braised cabbage, and whole-grain mustard sauce.
Pork braised with “essence of five spices” (likely cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechuan peppercorns) is a knockout, served with cornbread made with fresh corn, napa cabbage slaw with mango, and two poached eggs, tempura fried ($9.50).
Biscuit and gravy involves a buttermilk cheddar biscuit (that tastes a lot like polenta) and moist, chargrilled, Vietnamese-style pork ginger meat loaf sluiced with sausage-espresso gravy ($4.50).
At lunch, braised beef cheeks and tongue are tops, and shrimp noodles with fresh rice noodles are fab.
Break of Dawn [Orange County]
24351 Avenida de la Carlota #N-6, Laguna Hills