Give me a pop of color on a dull gray winter day, and I’m happy. Combine it with Sunday brunch, Mexican flavors, and great cocktails, and I’m the happiest girl on the block. That’s exactly what I was last weekend, when I discovered brunch at Los Feliz.
Brunch at Los Feliz
Los Feliz is a hip, edgy little neighborhood in sunny Los Angeles. It’s also the name of a new Cali-Mexican restaurant in an old fire brigade building on Albert Cuypstraat in de Pijp. This new concept is from the owners of Bakers & Roasters, one of the best brunch spots in the city—so that should tell you a thing or two about what to expect.
As it turned out, it’s also a great place to go to when you can’t get a table at Bakers & Roasters, which you can never seem to do these days!
A ‘gram of a coffee cup against a bright pink wall from Instafriend and fellow foodie Culinessa first led me to Los Feliz. Stepping into the cheerful, highly Instagrammable interiors, I felt instantly warmed by Southern California sunshine. The first thing you’ll notice is all the eye-popping pink—put on your sunglasses, you’re almost in Mexico.
Everything on the brunch menu looks mouthwatering, and it was hard to choose. I opted for chilaquiles, homemade corn tortilla chips. Layered on top is tinga de pollo, or chipotle braized pulled chicken, together with a red ancho chili sauce, smoked paprika, cheese, fried eggs, avocado, cilantro, and jalapenos.
My man went straight for the eggs: huevos a la Mexicana, with jalapenos, white onion, diced tomato, refried beans, white cheese, tortilla strips and fresh corn tortillas. (Adios, eggs Benedict, it was nice knowing you.) For a little extra you get a choice of salsa: pico de gallo, salsa verde, chipotle roasted tomato, charred corn, grilled pineapple, or habanero guacamole. Umm, all of the above, please?
We both loved our dishes—tasty, hearty, full of flavor and great value. This is not a Continental breakfast to nibble on, so come hungry.
If you have a sweet tooth, try the brioche French toast: fluffy, thick brioche bread loaded with raspberries, fresh passionfruit, mascarpone cheese, toasted coconut, and a creamy passion fruit curd we just couldn’t stop licking off our fingers. We were secretly delighted when it proved too much for our three-year-old and we had to finish it for her. Parenting is a tough job, but it has its rewards.
Then there are the cocktails. Dios mio, they are good. And what is a brunch without some good cocktails?!
El Chapo, named after the infamous Mexican druglord, is a fruity twist on a frozen margarita, made with passoa liqueur, passion fruit, lemon juice, chili, ginger and cucumber. There are also several Mexican twists on the classic Bloody Mary, and hallelujah, a proper Michelada.
We also liked the Mexican Screwdriver, a cocktail for two made with vodka, Corona beer, tamarind, lemon juice, cucumber, Clamato (clam+tomato) juice, served with two sticks of beef jerky.
If none of the cocktails tickle your mustache, you can always choose from one of the 50+ mezcals available at the mezcal bar.
The service is prompt and friendly, and they’re great with kids. Because Los Feliz isn’t as packed as its big sister Bakers & Roasters (…yet), you can still enjoy a leisurely chat with the staff over a long, laid-back brunch. Easy like Sunday morning.
Los Feliz is open only for dinner on weekday evenings, all day on Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays. I’m already plotting a return trip to try all the cocktails, not to mention the dinner menu. But it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’ll be back for Sunday brunch. Until then: hasta la vista, baby.
Los Feliz Cali-Mex Restaurant | Albert Cuypstraat 88 | Amsterdam