let’s say you’re in los angeles on a noonish sunday. when you say brunch, i’ll say Madeleine Bistro and everybody wins! you’ll want to make a reservation, as the space is intimate and a Madeleine Bistro brunch is on a lot of people’s minds. when i visited it wasn’t overly crowded out the door, but just about every table was occupied and there was a hustle and bustle all around. however it was still charming and calm and i didn’t feel rushed to eat.
the food! first we started with a half order of the beignets, which are little cinnamon sugar coated balls of goodness served with organic apple compote. they were amazing! when you smear the apple compote in the middle of the beignet it’s like what i imagine manna would taste like. at least that is what i would want manna to taste like! the texture is incredible.. you have a crisp and sugary outside and a warm and tender inside. if you’re eating brunch at Madeleine’s you must try the beignets! it’s also like eating dessert as an appetizer.
i ordered the porcini-crusted tofu benedict, which is smoked portobella, rosti potatoes, and hollandaise sauce. it was served over a little bed of kale and garnished with asparagus. it was really nice. it doesn’t look as filling as it actually is, but i was satiated and enjoyed the smoky mushroom and potato combination. the porcini is so delicate in texture but has an intense smoky flavour that will knock your socks!
my friend ordered the waffles and “chicken”, which is belgian waffles, seitan “chicken”, mashed potatoes, and gravy. mama mia! i didn’t taste it but my friend was quite pleased. i was surprised by how much the “chicken” really looks like chicken! and just look at the size of that waffle!! oh my.
i’ve eaten dinner at Madeleine’s a few times and loved it. my non-vegan friends have loved it, too. it is pricy but for special occasions it’s definitely worth the splurge!
18621 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356