|Little Next Door|
This little restaurant facing West 3rd Street (a very busy street) is smack in the middle of the hip and trendy city of Mid Wilshire. I just kind of think of it as between Beverly Hills and Hollywood; sounds expensive, no? After a morning of shopping at the Outlets at Orange, we took an hour drive to get to this area. With loudly growling stomachs, we headed to Little Next Door for a very late brunch on a Saturday afternoon. Since it was like 2pm, we were seated immediately. I was very content with our table as it was next to the fence, facing the sidewalk, no direct sunlight, and would give beautiful lighting for photos. So far, Coconut Crumpet was very happy.
Our waitress spoke bits and pieces of French to us, greeting us with a warming 'bonjour!', calling us 'madame et monsieur', and thanking us in French too. It created this unique environment in which my family has never been in before. She was very attentive and came back frequently to refill our water, bring us more bread, or just ask how we were doing.
|Complimentary bread and balsamic olive oil|
|Quiche Lorraine ($9)|
Although listed under the 'starters', the quiche lorraine can be a light meal on it's own, and that was exactly what I was looking for. Must save room for dessert, especially here! The pastry was very flaky and the filling was just right. Fluffy egg with chunks of bacon (yes, I know I usually never eat bacon) and the flavours mended together. The side salad was actually quite a large portion, at least for a side. It was tossed in a light, slightly acidic, dressing and was an appreciated accompaniment to a butter quiche. The serving size was perfect; didn't use up 120% of my stomach area but I still felt full and satisfied at the end.
|Top Sirloin French Dip Sandwich ($15)|
|Moroccan Merguez Wrap ($16)|
When my brother is very hungry, he always says he wants the 'heaviest' item on the menu. I'm not sure if the merguez wrap fulfills his requirements, but that's what he decided on. The wrap may look small, but even eating a quarter of this dish was very filling. Three spicy lamb sausages with hummus inside a grilled flatbread, with a side of fresh herb salad. The salad was different from the one with the quiche or croque madame, but I enjoyed this herb salad too! The thin slices of raw radish gave an interesting dimension to the salad. This dish had so many strong flavours going on from the spicy sausages, hummus, and harissa (tasted like a spiced tomato paste); the flavours at Cafe Medina immediately reminded us of this wrap. It's a good choice for someone who likes strong flavours and sausages.
|Croque Madame ($14)|
|Coconut Cheesecake ($6)|
|Souffle au Chocolat ($9)|
Anybody aware of a great souffle in Vancouver? Please let me know, I will be forever grateful~
|Lavender & Pistachio Macarons ($1.75 each)|
Considering the location and quality of their food, Little Next Door has great value. There is even a three-course prix fix dinner option for only $28. A soup or salad, choice of any entree on the menu, and choice of any dessert on the menu. Super awesome deal! Check out the full menu here. If we didn't happen to be around on a weekend, I would've brought my family here for dinner. Their baked goods and pastries are very reasonably priced and look authentic and appealing. I wish I could've taken a bunch home with me.
A topic that is very important (besides food..duh) is parking. Little Next Door has valet parking, as does many other restaurants in this area. We managed to find metered street parking about two blocks away. If I remember correctly, it was $1 an hour with a maximum of paying $2 at a time. The free parking along the residential streets is packed full. Even when the signs say no parking... If you're coming for brunch during the busy hours, I recommend coming a bit earlier to drive around the area to find some parking. The headaches of street parking and traffic jams are unavoidable in Los Angeles...oieeeeee
Even though there were some minor, nit-picky complaints about their mains, the overall experience was fantastic. I would come back in a heart beat. It's the perfect spot for brunch with some girlfriends or just to enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry on a sunny day. The atmosphere is bright and cheery; I feel like I'm sitting in a cafe in Paris, so classy eh? Little Next Door is a must-visit for both tourists and locals.
A few peeks at the bakery display; my ultimate eye candy. Can you spot the unbaked souffle batter?
|The bakery at Little Next Door|
Love from Coconut Crumpet's Corner ♡