I've found myself quite intrigued by 26 Beach Cafe on Washington Blvd in Venice. My first trip there was just for dessert which cost as much as a lunchtime meal. Nevertheless, the bread pudding was absolutely exquisite, and I was blown away by their decor a la Baz Luhrmann. (a mish mash of gaudy chandeliers, Greek statues, flowers and wooden benches.)
On the second trip I had another type of bread pudding and tried one of their berry infused teas. Again, it was amazing.
The third time, however, proved disappointing. I brought out my roommates for brunch hoping they'd love it as well. They tried a couple of those scrambled egg pastas upon which one roomie said, "I can make this at home for $2!" But it was true. It looked like someone had simply thrown a can of tomato paste in with some boiled penne and egg without seasoning it. (Though my monte cristo sandwich was excellent!)
So what do you think of the place? I just hope people grow to like it as much as I do.