Wilshire Restaurant: No-Nonsense, Bottomless Sunday Brunch For Your Buck

Crab Benedict

The Wilshire Restaurant (Top Chef star Nyesha Arrington helms the kitchen) has recently launched a pretty spectacular Sunday weekly, and that happens to be a buffet-style brunch that is not to be missed. Since I normally relegate buffets (read: gorge parties) to Vegas, if even that, it’s really easy for me to dismiss these all-you-can eat, self-serve extravaganzas.

However, the Wilshire Restaurant’s Sunday deal has not only the brunch plate essentials, but bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary bar – plus a really neat patio ensconced in the cool, Santa Monica air – at the very reasonable price of $35 per person. It runs throughout the daytime for your leisure, so if you are into loitering, you could go from 11 AM until 5 PM if you really wanted to – but that would be pretty tacky.

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The 2011 L.A. Easter Brunch Round-Up

Quail Eggs at Kaohsiung Night Market | Photo: hk_traveller on Flickr

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 post 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 -  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” with 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

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Eva Restaurant Launches Holiday Sunday Brunch

Interior of Eva with waiter (probably making refills on mimosas)

Snow season has started, which means many weekends away at Mammoth for me. And if there weren’t a storm this weekend, I know where I would certainly be on Sunday. But it looks like I’ll have to save Mark Gold’s Sunday Eva brunch for next week with the girls. I have a lot to look forward to.

For only $29, you’ll get to have two courses of Mark’s delicious food – in addition to unlimited mimosas, which they present as the “main course.” Fair enough. Check out your non-liquid choices in the menu below:

first course:

fresh fruit: pear, apple, tangerine from the market

salad: organic greens, emulsified vinaigrette

granola: house made, dried fruits

second course:

a sandwich: pain de mi, organic eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, buttered onions

a piece of meat: prime steak, organic eggs, roast potato, salsa verde

an omlette: fine herbs, braised artichoke, crème fraiche

some bread: brioche french toast, warm maple syrup, french butter, nothing else!

for vegetarians: hand crafted tofu, roasted matsutake mushroom, smoked sesame seed, seaweed salad

fish: a piece of white fish, potato pancakes, capers, lemon

main course: unlimited mimosas!

The seafood and vegetarian option will be changing weekly throughout the holidays. Got some little ones with you? Eva, so named after Chef Gold’s 2 1/2 year-old, will also serve a kids menu that will include French Toast and Build-your-own Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Looks like Eva, known for being one of the most delicious bangs for your Los Angeles buck, is continuing to live up to their reputation. Brunch is served!

Sundays during the holidays

Brunch: 10 AM – 1 PM

Eva Restaurant
7458 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Brunch at The Hollywood Corner: For The Locals

Quinoa Cakes Benedict (Spinach, Marinara, Goat Cheese)

It was a late Sunday morning when I visited the Hollywood Corner for brunch – a lucky, not omnicient, decision though I’d be negligent if I failed to disclose the decision was influenced by the bottomless mimosas (available during Sunday brunch $14.95). Breakfast will keep your bubbly company, however, since it’s served until 3 PM.

Breakfast Tacos With Chicken Chorizo, Scrambled Eggs, Roasted Tomatoes, Avocado)

The good news is that you don’t have to rely on the bubbly and can count on a solid brunch at this neighborhood spot located just south of Hollywood and Highland. Yes, you heard right: It’s a neighborhood spot in the center of Hollywood. Because you were never the type to shove spicy tuna rolls in your trap to the tune of Ke$ha and would rather save the greasy grub trips to Mel’s for late night. It’s a great way to enjoy a Hollywood Sunday morning, with a casual but pleasant brick wall-lined bar and dining room that allow in plenty of natural light.

The menu features vegan, vegetarian and heart-healthy items – a decidedly California diner smorgasbord … with pizzas sprinkled on top. And for dinner, they have Turkey Meatloaf, Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast and yes, a Smac and Cheese (shrimp, Applewood smoked bacon, grilled corn, roma tomatoes, scallions with 3-cheese sauce) – the ingredients of which entice me to order on the revisit.


My web designer and brunch companion Roycifer and I were shown a few starters and signature bites that are popular with their loyal clientele – one of them being fried pickles. I could eat pickles every morning if fried to the perfect texture – and Hollywood Corner made the cut. The pickle was still juicy and the breading was nice and crispy. Also done very well was their Caprese atop buttery grilled bread with a tangy-sweet balsamic reduction.

But back to the brunch, for which I ordered their version of a Benedict. Not Hollandaise but marinara covered quinoa cakes in lieu of English muffins, spinach in lieu of ham. The eggs were perfectly poached and completed the creatively healthy yet substantial and tasty dish.

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The Terrace at Langham Pasadena Chinese New Year Brunch

Pork Station at Langham Pasadena Chinese New Year brunch

Arguably the location of the best Chinese food on the West Coast, San Gabriel Valley neighbors Pasadena. Sometimes, though, you’re just in the mood for something a tad more posh, like cushioned wicker chairs with a garden view. Or a cheese plate. Or oysters on the half-shell. Or interesting small plates. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for bottomless bubbly.

Spice Duck with Black Sesame Sauce

Enter the Sunday Chinese New Year Brunch at the Langham Pasadena – available this Sunday and all the remaining Sundays in February. Whether it’s to celebrate the actual new year or Valentine’s Day – or both – it will run you $75 per person including the bottomless bubbly (champagne, mimosa and virgin bloody mary bar) with which to knock back crab claws, cold small Chinese plates (my favorite being the Spice Duck with Black Sesame Sauce), shrimp cocktail leg of lamb and prime rib. There’s also a full-service omelette station with plenty of fillings which to encase with egg.

Hama Hama Oysters on Half-shell

Let’s not forget the decent selection of cheese and charcuterie – something I always have a hard time saying no to. To be honest, there was a little something of everything – even a sushi station. And beautiful music and atmosphere provided by their piano-double-bass duo. First of all, I don’t know that I’ve ever had such good service with the bottomless bubbly. Though the “beverage bar” is accessible at all times, a helpful server was refilling our champagne glasses before we so much as got up even once. Second of all, though a visually pleasing addition to their seafood section, I wouldn’t recommend the crab claws – which weren’t especially fresh and actually stringy and tasteless. No matter – I turned my attention to the oysters on the half-shell. They’re of the Hama Hama variety, with a firm consistency but mild finish…a sensation that feels great going down. I went back for more of these babies while being sure to get a slice of prime rib. Also available in the same corner is leg of lamb.

Sesame Beef With Honey Dust

And oh, how I could wish I could comment on the dim sum offered in the brunch. After all, how is it a Chinese New Year brunch without dim sum? But I was just too zealous with everything else before realizing I should have been prioritizing. Pretty much a novice mistake. Thank goodness Fiona gave the little somethings surprisingly rave reviews.

Be sure to leave room for dessert, as there’s a chocolate fondue fountain, crepe station and extensive pastry section for that sweet tooth. The Chinese New Year’s Brunch is heaven for any glutton. Sit back, enjoy the view, enjoy the bubbles and celebrate Chinese New Year – with Valentine’s Day as an afterthought.

Reviewed buffet was hosted.

Further reading:

Chinese New Year at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena – Gourmet Pigs

Every Sunday in February


Complimentary valet

The Terrace at The Langham Pasadena
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106