14 Nov Tapas and Brunch are the Perfect Combo at Smoke.Oil.Salt
We all look forward to weekend brunch. It’s that filling meal that can take up half the day as we sip on Mimosas or Bloody Marys and hang out with friends. But, my problem with brunch is that I can never decide what I want to eat. I am a fan of sharing lots of dishes so that I can enjoy a lot of flavors in a meal. And, at brunch where I have to pick between savory and sweet can be a challenge. But now I think I found my perfect brunch at Smoke.Oil.Salt.
Smoke.Oil.Salt. is known for serving authentic and traditional Spanish foods, meant to be shared, for dinner. And, now, under the guidance of Consulting Executive Chef Ricardo Zarate, they are offering brunch on Sundays from 11am-3pm. Tapas for brunch! With 12 selections on the menu, tapas style is perfect! As a party of two, we ordered 10 of the selections and had no problem eating every course! Overall, you cannot go wrong with any of the egg dishes. No matter how the eggs are prepared, they are perfect – light, fluffy and perfectly cooked. Our favorite dishes were:
Pan Tomate con Huevo de Mar (soft scrambled uni eggs, tomato toast, chili oil) – The scrambled eggs are fluffy and soft and almost melt in the mouth. The uni is not dominant but the saltiness comes through.
Coctel de Fruta (seasonal fruit soup, mixed local fruit, feulletine, vanilla bean honey) – The fruit soup is perfectly balanced between tart and sweet and the crunch from the feulletine adds a nice texture.
Amanida de Bruselas (shaved Brussels sprouts and kale salad, medjool dates, pea puree, candied walnuts)
Crostini con Angos (mushrooms four ways, sherry-braised cipolini onion, garufa puree)
Serrano Benedicto (serrano bacon, poached egg, charred bread, hollandaise aioli) –
Frittata (cage-free baked eggs, calcots, charred salsa, shaved idiazabal cheese)
Bravas (crispy potatoes, chorizo salsa, aioli) – Whether at brunch or dinner, you cannot go wrong with the crispy potatoes!
Of course, brunch is not complete without cocktails. As Smoke.Oil.Salt. does not have a liquor license, the Spanish cocktails are all wine-based drinks. The Sangria is made with citrus fruits (blood orange and grapefruit) and is light and refreshing. The Bloody Maria is made with fresh heirloom tomatoes and cava (instead of vodka) and is light and fresh with just the right amount of heat. There are also Mimosas, glasses of Cava and Kalimotxo (Coca Cola and wine). And for brunch, the drinks are bottomless for $18 each!
Next time you are looking for a place for brunch, make sure Smoke.Oil.Salt. is on your list!
7274 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046