Restaurant: Tavern [1, 2, 3, 4]
Location: 11648 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049. (310) 806-6464
Date: March 6, 2011
Cuisine: Market driven Californian
Rating: Not just your typical short order brunch — but better.
Tavern is a favorite midend brunch spot of ours. It’s much yummier than the typical short order grills, and not as gluttonous as the high end brunches (like this). I’ve reviewed it twice before HERE, HERE, and HERE, but the menu is seasonal and so always changing a bit.
Today’s menu. Online version can be found HERE, but it’s always changing and never current.
Double cap. Not a bad restaurant cappuccino.
Simple pancakes for the boy (2.4 years old).
“Brisket hash with fried eggs and horseradish cream.” In its own way, a variant on the beef and horseradish tradition. But… um richer… and more breakfasty.
“Market fish (salmon) with carrot purée, gingered beets and lime salsa.” I didn’t try it, but looked very good with a really nice selection of fresh ingredients.
“Pumpkin waffle with pecan butter and maple syrup.” What could go wrong with this?
“Smoked fish with toasted rye & redwood hill goat cheese.” A very nice fish plate. The fish is fresh, and the goat cheese a nice improvement on cream cheese. I also like the very crunchy pickles.
“The Angeleno sandwich, artichokes, buratta, cavola nero, and meyer lemon. With prosciutto added.” I modified this vegetarian sandwich to add the good stuff (ham), and it turned out fantastic. The bread had the prefect texture and the burrata (more on that HERE), combined perfectly with the prosciutto and the marinated artichokes. The chips and pickles were awesome too.
“Sauteed Cavola Nero.” This wasn’t on the menu, but they did it anyway. The green is a kind of Italian Kale.
The dessert menu.
“Carrot cake with toasted walnuts and cinnamon anglaise.” Top example of the type, with a bit of creme anglaise in case the icing wasn’t rich enough.
“Snickers Bar, salted peanut caramel and vanilla ice cream.” Very nice dessert. Inside the hard dark chocolate shell was a kind of peanut and carmel mouse.
Tavern continues to hold up as a top breakfast spot, and pretty reasonable considering the level of sophistication.