As Yelp’s highest rated place in downtown LA to eat you know there are gonna be pretty massive expectations. I have had this on my list for a while and I braved the crowd on a Sunday afternoon to give this upscale eatery a try.
From the moment you walk into the massive marble floored restaurant you will see chaos everywhere. There are people waiting to swoop a bar table, others waiting for a main table and others buying from the dessert counter or watching the food preparation.
The building itself is the old Brockman Building which is a 12-story Classical and Romanesque Revival building that was built in 1912 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
When you are able to finally get a seat you will see this place is a little on the expensive side, trust me it is worth it though. The food itself is exceptionally prepared with painstaking attention to detail.
Breakfast 1 – 2014
If you are looking for a recommendation I cannot recommend the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict more highly. It is on point with Mama’s in San Francisco which is one of the best places I have ever eaten at.
The food comes with style that looks like it has been slaved over and a taste that matches / surpasses it. Sitting on a bed of hashbrowns instead of the normal English muffin the flavor is out of this world. The smoked salmon is just strong enough to taste but not overpower the perfectly poached egg. I could eat it everyday.
Breakfast 2 – 2015
I went back for breakfast a few weeks ago and I can honestly say it is just as good as I remember it being. I brought my wife this time and she went with the Lobster Hash and I went with the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.
The lobster hash was fantastic with potatoes, brussels sprouts, eggs and an ample portion of lobster. It was lick your plate good.
The lemon ricotta pancakes were also amazing with a subtle lemon flavor. One of those things that I can’t believe I hadn’t try to make myself over the years. Both of these are great options here, now back to the original review from 2014.
After my meal I headed over to the desert area. There was a crazy amount of options and I decided on the chocolate beignet and macaroons. The beignet was full of Nutella which is always good but wasn’t anything too special. My wife said the macaroons were great though and I would love to try more of the desserts.
All in all this is one of the best places to eat in LA. Make the stop for brunch and let me know your thoughts in the comments.