A delightful hideaway in the midst of busy Third Street where can be found not only such pleasures as wonderful breads and pastries made with passion and artistry but a small and complex menu of various bistro foods inspired by the slow food movement. Their philosophy employs fresh ingredients creating artisan recipes from scratch.
I toddled over there early one Thursday evening before the denizens of that area descended. Peace and quiet reigned. Long oak benched tables seating 4 or 6 people perched on high stools can enjoy family style breakfast, lunch or light dinners.
Since this particular property is opposite Cedars of Sinai hospital, around 7 am every morning, the place is filled with doctors and nurses chatting over fragrant Lavazza coffee with French toast, Belgian waffles and eggs any style. Those more health conscious choose steel cut oatmeal, yoghurts & granola and fresh fruit. The delicious aromas of fresh baked croissant, brioche and varied breads drift through the café and out on to the sidewalk where tables, chairs and verdant plants are set.
The 11 am crowd is different, matrons and young elitists – wanna be’s, have beens and those who just enjoy a bloody good mid-morning latte or cappuccino – like yours truly.
Lunch time arrives and the BREADBAR BISTRO offers appetizers like thin crust pizza, curried risotto croquettes, house-made pickled vegetables and a terrific charcuterie board whilst those with a yen for the well assorted soup&salad bar can partake of red beet gazpacho, cauliflower and good old French onion soup. Nicoise, greek, cobb, caprese and caesar salads are represented, all made fresh each day from scratch using locally grown organic leaves and fillings.
Of course there are those who need to fill their tums with more hardy dishes be it lunchtime or early evening and so the BREADBAR BISTROBAR plays its trumps with choices of ‘kobe style’ snake river beef burger, fetttucini veal meatballs ala old school style, braised beef short rib and sweet corn polenta, flank steak and eggs and the ubiquitious cheese fondue served alongside seasonal vegetables. Grilled skewers of tandoori chicken or marinated shrimp come on their own or as a double act.
Savvy connoisseurs of panini sandwiches definitely will find it hard to make a choice between the croque monsieur ham and emmenthal on Golden West Pain de Mie; egg caprese panino on Tuscan Ciabatta; the benedict with grilled salmon on Rustic Millstone; grilled cheese or grilled vegetables all with a side salad or fries – sweet potato or garlic-ginger. These foods are a great way to have customers sample the many varied breads that each day are freshly baked and displayed on shelves for all to see and lick their lips in anticipation of a sublime experience in the café or at home.
To end this journey through many try out tastes, and being really particular where I go to eat, I have to say that the people at BREADBAR, servers, chefs and the owners are impeccable in their presentation and the sweetness of their service whilst the quality of the produce is excellent with prices ranging from $5.50 to $21 and everything in-between.
I now look forward to visiting their other property in Century City and, if willing to take my life in my hands, drive down to Santa Monica – but that will be another story.
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