The 2011 L.A. Easter Brunch Round-Up
[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Quail Eggs at Kaohsiung Night Market | Photo: hk_traveller on Flickr”][/caption] I don’t remember ever having given up anything for Lent. But I always have celebrated Easter in non-ritualistic fashion - just as I eat and celebrate life. Every day is a rebirth, right? Did I mention that I love eggs? I compiled a bunch of Easter Brunch specials around town. There are plenty of restaurants offering up 3-course prix fixe menus for Sunday morning, but a lot of them have some pretty solid choices. Go ahead…you can scan this postÂ for the bottomless champagne or mimosa spots. I totally understand. (By the way, I can’t believe how Westward this list skews… Do Eastsiders not celebrate Easter?) ;) Happy Easter!!
Eva (Beverly/Hancock Park): 12 -Â 8 PM $39 per person. Bottomless wine. 5-course prix fixe. I know I said “brunch,” and I know Mark Gold calls this the “Eva Dinner Party,” but the noon start time has to count for something, doesn’t it? You get all of the following: Deviled Eggs, Nicoise Salad with Olive Relish and Roast Peppers, Chicken “Pallard” withÂ Arugula and Mustard, Warm Potato Salad, Prime Skirt Steak, Grilled Asparagus and Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Creme Fraiche. I know. Amazing. This is where I’ll be…sometime during Easter Day. 7458 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323.634.0700 Chaya Brasserie (Downtown, Beverly Hills, Venice): 11 AM - 3 PM $37 per person, $15 per young adult. Bottomless champagne. 3-course prix fixe. You get a couple choices for your 3-course prix fixe, all menus of which vary according to location! Be sure to peep the right Chaya outpost for your menu. A few highlights from what I can see on all three menus include French Toast with Granola Crust, Kabocha Squash Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi, Grilled New York Steak and Fries with Poached Egg, Pancetta-wrapped Gulf Shrimp with Provencal Grits, Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheese Tart. I think the Downtown location is where to be! 525 South Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213.236.9577 8741 Alden Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 213.859.8833 110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291, 310.396.1179 Obika (Century City): 10 AM - 4 PM $25 per adult, $15 per child under 12. Comes with one mimosa or glass of Prosecco. Buffet-style plus one family-style pasta. Not feeling the prix fixe but don’t want any hassle? Obika’s doing it up buffet style - at the mall. Mozzarella di Bufala along with a selection of Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon, Assorted, Salumi, Caponata with Pan Carsau, Artichoke Ricotta Quiche with Thyme and Mint, Ricotta Mousse and four (yes, four) flavors of Tirimisu will all be available. In addition, your table will get to pick one choice of pasta served family style, including Handmade Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage, Lasagnetta with Peas and Tagliolini with Artichoke and Mint. 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310.556.2452 Fig & Olive (Melrose): 11:30 AM - 3 PM $40 per adult. Comes with one Mimosa, Bloody Mary or Piscine. 3-course prix fixe. For your meal on Melrose Place, try Pancake with Figs (and walnuts); South of France Poached Eggs with Marinated Salmon, Citrus, Ricotta, Avocado and Scallions on Toasted Olive Oil Bread; a Mediterranean Omelet; or Provencal Lamb. See if you can get a patio spot for some festive Easter daylight. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310.360.9100 Napa Valley Grille (Westwood): 10:30 AM - 3 PM. Special Easter happy hour: 3 - 11 PM $49 per person, $12.50 per child under 12. Comes with one glass of champagne, sparkling cider or mimosa. Easter-themed arts, crafts and coloring kids for children. Try this Westwood outfit on for size in a 3-course offering for Easter. Highlights of NVG’s menu include: Poached Eggs with Artichoke Crab Hash and Roasted Tomato Hollandaise, Apricot-Stuffed French Toast with Spiced Ricotta Cheese and Plum Syrup, Mint Noodles with Sweet Peas and Cultivated Mushrooms, Roasted Kurobuta Pork Loin with Creamy Grits and Spring Onions, Apple fennel Crostata with Yogurt Sorbet. The Easter-themed “Hop to It” cocktail, which combines Malibu Rum, Hum Botanical Liqueur and housemade Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup ($10), will also be available. Also, they’re having a practically-all-day happy hour on Easter from 3 - 11 PM. Try a few of their bar bites on for size if you’ve missed their brunch and happen to be hungry and in the area. 1100 Glendon Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310.824.3322 Tiato (Santa Monica): 11 AM - 3 PM $35 per person. Includes one mimosa. 3-course prix fixe. Chilled Sweet White Corn Bisque, Dim Sum Platter, French Toast Bananas Foster, Shaken Beef and Quad Berry Cobbler are all hallmarks on this particular menu. They have a great outdoor patio with herb garden and indoor market, to boot. Check out the menu for the full deal. 2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310.866.5228 Vu (Marina del Rey): 7 AM - 3 PM $38 per person. Bottomless sparkling wine and mimosas included. 3-course prix fixe. For the 3-course brunch, I spy courses like Green Curry Mussels, Grilled Polenta, Stuffed French Toast with Cinnamon Cream Cheese, Steak & Eggs and Seared King cole Duck Breast Salad. Wow. And with the bottomless bubbly, it’s really hard to go wrong. I can see myself wanting to swap out for at least one of their cocktails, though… Hmm. Still not sure? Here’s the full menu. 14160 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310.439.3033 Malibu Cafe (Malibu): Nibbles: $6-$16 Egg Dishes: $12-$16 Salads: $11 Sandwiches: $11-22 Bottomless mimosas with all egg dishes and sandwiches. If you’re jonesin’ to participate in an Easter Egg hunt, Malibu Inn’s got options for you, whether you’re adult (noon) or child, alike (11 AM). The top three children and adults to collect the most eggs will win “age-appropriate” Easter treats in your own baskets. That means candy and gift cards, folks. Got a different kind of lil’ one to bring along? One of the K9 variety? Well, you gotta dress him/her up as a bunny to be a part of the fun - as there’s a Dog Bunny dress-up contest. Because you’ve always wanted your dog to be on Malibu Inn’s Facebook page! Oh, you dog people. 327 S. Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, 90265, 818.540.2400 The Langham Pasadena (Pasadena): The Terrace - 10 AM - 2 PM, The Huntington Ballroom - 11 AM - 3 PM $95 per person, $35 per child (ages 4 - 12) Bottomless mimosas and champagne. AYCE buffet. For your all-you-can-eat brunch, pick the bright, naturally lit Terrace or the upscale Ballroom. Both will have smoked and fresh seafood, champagne, sushi, domestic and imported cheeses, fruits, salads, prime rib, duck, lamb, made-to-order hot items such as omelets, a chocolate fountain, and assorted pastries. It’s a smorgasbord. For the young’uns: If you have little ones, there’s an easter egg hunt in the Horseshoe Garden at 10 AM. Every child receives an easter basket and the Easter bunny will be on-site to help them with their search! ($20 per child). A petting zoo will be in the hotel front drive and feature goats, chickens and bunnies. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, 626.585.6434