Stopped by new vegan restaurant in tarzana--Madeline Bistro--yesterday for a spur-of-the-moment 2:30pm brunch. The parking was pretty dismal as they appear to be resurfacing their parking lot and the door to the back was not open so one would either have to: A) cut through a sex shop B) take a long walk through an alley and then backtrack on the blvd. Street parking was doable, however.
Even though they didn't have the sign up yet, the place was packed! Several families, a couple groups of hip twenty-somethings, many elderly couples; a very whole foods crowd. Although it seemed to be very frazzled there, the vibe was still very nice; the restaurant wasn't loud or boisterous and maintained that pleasant atmosphere for the rest of our meal. We were seated within 10 minutes without a reservation.
Now for the food. They had just run out of champagne for mimosas so we were denied that bruch pleasure (that will teach me to go out at 2:45 on a sunday!) and stuck with water although many other people were having tea and it looked very good. My partner ordered the French Toast Napoleon and it was great, although served rather bizarrely with a side of home fries which made it just a little too "carb-y" for her taste. There was a side of vegan bacon that was OK, but i've never been a fan of that in general. I ordered the Chicken-fried seitan and Waffles which was also delicious. The waffle tended to fall apart and i ended up with a mouth full of fork a couple times. While the waffles were very good, I'd have to admit that the french toast was better. Both meals were served with some apple-cinammon compote which was AMAZING. On a whim we also ordered the beignets which were hot tasty.
All in all the food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful, the waiters were charming and seemed truly happy to see you. I could definately see myself camping out there with a book, some tea, and those fabulous beignets. Even my partner who is not vegan and was whining beforehand left very happy and full. A welcome addition to my neighborhood.
On another note, I bumped into some silverlake friends who were there. it seems now I can finally get some eastside people to venture into the valley!