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Cafe Del Rey brunch

Just Larry | Dec 6, 2004 09:52 PM

7 of us went to Cafe Del Rey for brunch Sunday. The basket of baked goods is a very good start. All 3 men ordered the Kobe Beef Burger (my wife and I were the only non-Japanese in our group). Wife ordered Eggs Florentine (no on menu), a Ham & Cheese Omelette, Seared Ahi Chirashi and Eggs Benedict. The Burgers were huge, on a freshly baked onion roll with caramelized bacon and onions. Serious contender for best burger in LA...beefy, smokey, sweet, juicy...all 3 were gone in a flash (me being the slowest eater, savoring each bite). We all agreed that the Chirashi was a total miss. Way too much strong flavor in the sauce and the rice completely overpowered the subtle flavor of the Ahi. We ordered 3 desserts, Pear and Caramel Tart with Port Iced Cream, Apple 3 Ways, and Chocolate Lava Cake. Lava cake was rich and chocolatey with good Vanilla Iced Cream, Pear was OK but the Port Iced Cream was great. Apple 3 ways was OK but not a winner. Bill was $150.00 before tip for all 7 meals with various soft drinks. The burger is $15.00, served with seasoned baked potato wedges and well worth the trip. The location is also perfect right next to the boat slips. They decor has been reworked to be a bit more Asian and less funky (old doors hung on the walls painted Day Glo colors) The servers were top notch. Valet parking is complimentary and they seem genuinely grateful when you hand them a $2.00 tip. Every time I am there for brunch I always seem to get whatever burger is on the menu, sometimes it is Ostrich, Buffalo...and they have always been great but this is the best yet.

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