Spotlight: Mother’s Day Brunch in L.A.
Debating where to take mom for Mother’s Day? The good news is: there’s still time. From oceanfront restaurants with views of the Santa Monica Pier, to quiet, ivy-lined outdoor patios in Beverly Hills, and city staples armed with special menus for the day, consider dining at one of these top 10 brunch spots in Los Angeles. Just make sure to arrive with an appetite.
By Jennie Nunn
CHAYA DOWNTOWN Treat mom to a three-course, pre-fixe menu complete with create-your-own bottomless mimosas, a dessert buffet, and live jazz. Starters include organic white corn purée soup, slow-roasted beets and blood orange salad, and greek yogurt and granola, while entrées range from huevos rancheros to grilled Atlantic salmon, and polenta with spring vegetables. For dessert, options range from butterscotch flan to sea salt macaroons, and mini red velvet cupcakes.
CIRCA 55 RESTAURANT Situated at The Beverly Hilton, the clean-lined dining room offers views of the adjacent outdoor swimming pool. Chef Troy Thompson presents the ultimate buffet complete with a sushi and seafood bar, a large selection of soups, pastas, and salads, and items from lobster macaroni and cheese to made-to-order omelets.
CULINA Using fresh ingredients and local produce procured from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, Executive Chef Cyrille Pannier prepares a grand buffet that includes an omelet station, a carving station, and a dessert bar with chocolate fondue, house-made gelato, and doughnuts.
DIA DE CAMPO For a twist on traditional brunch, head to this modern, Baja-style lodge in Hermosa Beach. Order the camp-fire pancake with spiced yogurt, black plum, and pistachio, or the veggie dilla with cheese, salsa negra, and tamarind. Choose from hand-crafted cocktails like the Tia Sangria with white wine, brandy, and peach, or an all-you-can-drink champagne and mimosa bar.
FIG RESTAURANT Headed up by newly appointed chef Yousef Ghalaini (of The Bench in Pebble Beach and Go Fish in St. Helena), the light-and-airy eatery will be offering additional brunch menu items such as the lobster and crab cake with lobster velouté and poached egg, and flatbread with arugula, mozzarella, caramelized onions. Toast to mom (who will also receive a rose upon dining) with a specialty cocktail such as The Pixie, with a Pixie tangerine, celery-infused vodka, yellow chartreuse, champagne float, and Peychauds 14.
FIG & OLIVE RESTAURANT At this refined, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant lined with limestone stucco walls and rosemary and olive trees, the three-course, pre-fixe menu includes Maine lobster bisque with Pimenton chive mascarpone and olive oil crackers, and seared riviera salmon paired with grilled asparagus, braised fennel, and pea purée with Koroneiki olive oil emulsion, and lemon zest. For the third course, opt for the nougat glacé with toasted pistachio, caramelized almond, olive oil crisp, orange marmalade, and honey.
ONE PICO For brunch (or dinner), make a reservation at this coastal eatery at Shutters on the Beach with a view of the ocean and the Santa Monica Pier. The three-course menu, prepared by Executive Chef Isaac Gamboa, features appetizers such as poached farm egg with crème fraiche and black truffle, and entrees from roasted Alaskan halibut with corn pudding, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, and Serrano ham bread crumbs, to lobster risotto with baby zucchini flowers and basil. For dessert, try the Valrhona chocolate tart with raspberry caramel sauce and cocoa nib ice cream.
OX & SON Located on Montana Avenue, the cozy, new restaurant is layered with tufted, upholstered banquettes, brown leather slipper chairs, and wood-beamed ceilings. Chef Brad Miller is serving up a curated menu replete with selections such as chocolate bacon bourbon pancakes, tomato braised eggs with chickpeas, and a kimchi white cheddar omelet. At brunch, moms will also receive a special gift: a potted plant.
THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS The hotel, known for its elaborate afternoon tea service, will offer a three-course menu for brunch and dinner at The Belvedere and The Living Room. Selections include artichoke rockfeller with spinach and leek, chilled English pea soup, and olive oil sole with watercress and spring garlic.
SCARPETTA West coast oysters, snow crab legs with cherry pepper aioli, and smoked salmon are just a few of the starters on the brunch menu at the Italian restaurant tucked inside the Montage Beverly Hills. Other standouts (artfully prepared by chefs Scott Conant and Freddy Vargas), include polenta waffles with black berries and goat cheese mousse, ricotta pancakes with lemon and blueberries, and sides such as roasted beets with burrata and pistachios. (For an extra $22, splurge for the bottomless mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys.)
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