I love doing Sunday brunch. My friend Mb and I had initially decided to meet up for brunch at Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles but an unexpected work commitment made us switch gears to the West L.A. area where Mb’s office is located. She suggested Tavern in Brentwood and since our taste in food is very similar, I knew it would be a winner. And I was right. After reviewing the menu online, I couldn’t wait for Sunday to roll around.
It was a beautiful day for brunch–a picture perfect Southern California day. Tavern is divided in three distinctive spaces; the San Vicente entrance leads you into the bakery portion of the restaurant where you can pick up baked items such as muffins and macarons to go.
The center space was where we were seated and was the bar was the focal point in this part of the restaurant.
The remaining one-third space was more of an enclosed “outdoor” seating area. Unfortunately no photo to share of this space. But let’s cut to the chase and talk about the meal and in a word, “awesome”!
We toasted our brunch with a “brunch cocktail”. I ordered the Tavern Bellini, a sparkling combination of Prosecco and Pomegranate and Mb ordered the Queen Mary–a serious marriage of Plymouth Gin, Cucumber and Spicy Tomato Juice.
We both were torn between two different entrees but the common denominator between the two of us was “The Tavern Benedict“–Prosciutto, Poached Egg, Gruyere and Hollandaise so we decided to share it. Isn’t it beautiful? And it was so good; the hollandaise was light and smooth and the prosciutto and gruyere was a perfect pairing!
I ordered the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Huckleberry Compote. These pancakes were light, fluffy and crazy good.
Mb ordered the Frittata with Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, and Goat Cheese. Another thumbs up choice.
Brunch was absolutely delicious and very filling. Unfortunately, there was no room for dessert (and the Tavern has its own Lunch Dessert menu). We will have to make a return trip soon but in the meantime, we’ll have time to ponder the menu.
11648 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90049