Easter falls on Sunday, April 8 this year, and Haute Living has found a few restaurants that have delicious brunch menus. Many of these places utilize seasonal ingredients, which is the hottest cooking trend in the kitchen right now. Check out the following for fresh fare.
Known for its California French cuisine and menu developed by James Beard award-winner Suzanne Goin, AOC serves a brunch that exceeds all expectations.
AOC’s brunch menu utilizes a range of flavors. A few favorites include the wood oven baked frittata with Hook’s cheddar, broccoli, and gremolata as well as the wood oven baked pancakes with sweet blueberries, crunch pistachios and candied Meyer lemon. For those interested in something more savory, try the smoked fish plate with toasted rye, goat’s cream cheese, cucumber, and tomato.
To experience the special Easter brunch on Sunday, visit AOC at 8022 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles.
This neighborhood restaurant by Jeff Cerciello features an a la carte menu and family style dining during dinner. Farmshop’s dining room has long light colored wooden tables, giving diners an intimate culinary experience. Brunch is especially popular in this Brentwood-based eatery.
The highlight of Farmshop is its pastries. Start the meal off with a pastry basket of fresh baked goods by pastry chef Brittainy Turnquist. Then move on to the scrumptious French toast, which is topped with Gloria’s strawberries, crème fraiche, pistachios, and Zoe’s bacon.
You also have the option to take home some of the lovely dishes from Farmshop with the new Artisan Market. The Artisan Market features fresh produce, prepared foods, wine and spirits, among other items. Top notch food connoisseurs, such as Farmshop Chef/Owner Jeff Cerciello and Farmshop Executive Chef Joshua Drew, have stocked the market with prepared foods that parallel the restaurant’s diverse menu.
To learn more about Farmshop, visit Farmshop and its Artisan Market at 225 26th Street #25 in Santa Monica.
Chef Susan Feniger of STREET recently introduced new vegan and vegetarian options at her globally infused restaurant. This weekend, she and Kajsa Alger have created special menus to pay homage to Passover and Easter. While the Passover menu showcases a variety of meats and vegetables, the Easter menu highlights the various ways to enjoy egg dishes.
The Easter brunch menu plays with the idea of different ways of cooking eggs. There are plates that are Asian inspired, such as the Thai deviled crab and asparagus salad with poached egg and the spring vegetable egg roll with spinach vegetable salad. Then there are dishes that are European influenced, like the brioche egg bread sliders served with spicy jamon Diablo and sweet pickles or the Russian Deli Plate complete with horseradish spiked egg salad, baby beet salad, rye toast, salmon caviar and smoked fish.
To sample the new menus, visit STREET at 742 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles.