I took the gang and She Who Must Be Obeyed to this coffee shop the other day. Great space and I certainly needed a good cup of Joe. And they do deliver on the coffee. The coffee and tea menu is way larger than the food menu and it is a bit daunting. Each coffee can be prepared numerous ways (from the Clover machine (now owned by Starbucks), to press pots, Chemex, etc.), all priced differently. It raised the hairs on SWMBO's head to see coffee for $25. A pot of coffee thankfully.
I threw up my hands and settled on the single plantation El Salvador La Montana (sic) for $7.50 (Clover machine brewed). A very fine cup of coffee with a nice balance of tartness and deep coffee flavor. Yes it was an expensive single cup of coffee but I was happy with swapping out what a glass of wine would cost (well a cheap glass of wine) in another establishment. We Americans first got used to the bottomless brown water served by the Denny's and then Starbucks got us to believe that holding a pot of coffee (Venti I think) in a single cup is cool. Nice to have a perfectly brewed CUP of coffee that did not make me want to look around for another.
Unfortunately that may have been the high point. The food is OK. Not all that good for the price. We spent about $35/person for lunch. No wine. We may have ordered a few dishes more than we needed because we wanted to try a few things the first time round, but the tariff is a bit over the top. I did like the ABLT a lot and I recommend it. But I do not recommend the eggs (good eggs but so what...nothing special). The Frisee Salad with coffee dressing was good if a tad overdressed. But don't mistake me. There was nothing wrong with anything. Good food, but not special.
However the desserts were not that good. I know that they are a creation of Adrian Vasquez, and I hate to diss a working stiff, but they did not ring a bell with us.
Finally the service was a bit off. Plates were mis-delivered, and drinks took forever to get there. It just seemed that the place was a little unsure of what it was, which was reflected in the serving staff. Not just another cafe, but still going through some growing pains.
I shall go back in 3-4 months to see how it shakes out.
Lamill Coffee Boutique
1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026