How else to spend the weekend after a Republican victory but with a visit to South Coast Plaza. Political preferences aside, this is my favorite local shopping mall and not least of which for Troquet Restaurant. With the Goodells about to open Maison in the old Alex space it was nice to be reminded of how good they can be.
The mall was packed with lines at all the casual eateries which made the half full Troquet all the more attractive. For my money, their menu reads as well as any south of Boulevard in S.F. and including the local stars: AOC, Spago, Campanile. Especially good was a perfect 'Soup and Sandwich' entree for $19 that included a Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich with sliced Black Truffle and a fantastic Butternut Squash soup drizzled with browned butter and crispy sage! The asparagus omelette for $15 with Farmer's cheese and a morel cream sauce would have, I think, pleased Russ, Chuck and Laddie Dill in today's L.A. Magazine Brunch issue.
Both were nicely served with a Spanish Muscat and a Tobin James Chardonnay for $8 and $10 respectively. We skipped dessert, opting for the truffle samples at the nearby Godiva store. Service was professional if over taxed. What is it about Sunday brunch in finer restaurants? Does half the staff just not show up? The ones who did provided nicely.