We had the most delicious and well-executed breakfast this Sunday at Cavaillon in Santaluz! One of THE best breakfasts in town for about $10/person, not including beverages, tax or tip!
We started off with a plate of their beignets with powdered sugar and homemade strawberry jam. Beignets were cooked to perfection--hot and perfectly risen with a light dusting of powdered sugar on top. Not even the slightest hint of greasiness or denseness! Strawberry jam was pleasantly tart and a nice accompaniment to the beignets.
We all had a tough time deciding what to order and a fight ensued over ordering the same vs different dishes b/c I wanted to taste as many dishes as possible. I chose the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives. Absolutely divine! If they say the mark of an excellent chef is how well they can do scrambled eggs, well Chef Verpiand can do it here! The eggs were soft, creamy (apart from the cream cheese), the way they should be. Salmon and chives added a light but not overpowering flavor to the eggs. They were accompanied by the most perfectly roasted red potatoes with carmelized shallots--sublimely flavored and subtly sweet from the carmelization.
Tasted the Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and spinach. It absolutely danced in my mouth on the first bite--both the explosion of flavors and textures! Perfectly poached eggs with a deliciously runny yolk. I can't remember if there was hollandaise on it, but if there was, it did not drench or overwhelm the rest of the dish.
Also tried the 3 egg omelet with tomatoes and herbs. Very simple concept, very well executed! Fluffy, soft and not rubbery omelet that encased Italian parsley, basil and a tomato compote (or jam--something of the sort). The combination of tomatoes and herbs were wonderfully fresh and clean--could have eaten the whole thing by myself. Also came with the delicious potatoes.
All of the egg dishes came with toast. which we passed on since we already had the beignets.
I think this is one of the best breakfast deals (or steals) in town. If my memory is accurate, The Cottage is in the same price point and their food doesn't even compare! The same care and precision that goes into their dinners is very evident in their breakfast menu. Another bonus is that if you want a mimosa, bellini Bloody Mary with your breakfast, they have it too!
We went at 9 am, when they first opened. No wait at all. The courtyard was a pleasantly quiet and fragrant environment (thanks to the jasmine plants) place to enjoy wonderful food. No crazy crowds or lines like in La Jolla or Del Mar. Breakfast only on Sundays from 9 am-2 pm.