The promise of a free pitcher of Julian Cox's cocktail during brunch was all I needed to try out the brunch at Playa, John Sedlar's newest restaurant (thanks, BlackboardEats!). And I was glad I did.
Now, being a Latin restaurant (they call it "urban Latin"), you can expect a lot of kick in your egg dish. Spicy sauces abound, though not everyone.
I love tamales so obviously went with the Tamal (Cracked Corn Masa, Pulled Pork, Sunnyside-Up Egg, $12)
Oh, and make sure you get the Blue Corn Muffins made with Anson Farms Organic Cornmeal, served with a side Almond Butter ($6)
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I was joined for brunch by ShopEatSleep, e*starLA, and LAist's Lindsay.
ShopEatSleep ordered the Huevos Polenta, Lardons, Rajas, Calabacitas, Queso Cotija ($11)
If you're looking for something less spicy, get the Duck Hash with Weiser Farm Fingerlings, Peppers, 63' Egg ($14)
Lindsay loved this dish and it might also be one of my favorites.
e*starLA went with the Croque Señor with Chorizo, Epazote, Quesos, Chipotles en Adobo ($10)
Oh, let's not forget the pitcher of cocktail. The Grail is basically a really fancy (and really good) sangria made with 12 year apple brandy, malbec, pressed lady apple, Don’s mix, cane cola, apple espuma.
It's a pretty strong "sangria" but so easy to drink. Two pitchers for four girls, gone. Just like that.
There was only one dessert at brunch and it is well worth ordering:
Sundae with Goat’s Milk Ice Cream, Hazelnuts, Cocoa Nibs, Blue Cornmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ($10)
The blue cornmeal cookie is awesome by itself, but break it apart and mix it in with the sundae, then pour the hot chocolate sauce over it.
The brunch prices here are just right for us. The portions aren't huge but adequate and all of us left very satisfied. In his refined dishes, Sedlar delivers bold, hearty flavors without the heaviness of traditional Mexican/New Mexican food.
7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036