Brunch at Bottega Louie

We had lived in LA many years ago, and back then downtown LA was really just about working Monday – Friday.  Weeknights and weekends it was pretty dead.  Our daughter kept telling us it was now the cool place to go with LA Live and tons of new restaurants and nightspots opening up.  So, when deciding where to head for Sunday brunch she suggested we try Bottega Louie.  We were staying in Pasadena so it was an easy drive to downtown and not too difficult to find a parking space.  They are known for their pastries, and macaroons are their specialty as one can see from their brightly decorated displays and pastry cases.

On weekdays they serve breakfast starting at 7am but on Saturday and Sunday brunch is served from 9am-3pm.  It is a fairly large restaurant with several tables for large parties.

We arrived about 9:30am and had no problem getting seated right away, but by 10:15am the place was packed and your name was written in a giant book placed on an ornate gold table at the front of the restaurant.

The space is a large open space with tall ceilings and nice molding details at the ceiling.  So nice to see some of these old LA buildings so nicely renovated.  We had a fabulous server who was quick, helpful, friendly and was wearing the coolest watch!!  We started out sharing the proscuitto and burrata served on a potato pancake – delicious and we quickly cleaned the plate!

I had the ricotta ravioli with butter and sage.  It was one large ravioli but extremely light and that incredible butter/sage flavor that was the reason I ordered it.

Stephen had the salad nicoise which he said was excellent – the tuna being well prepared.

Lauren had the lobster hash, which we all agreed stole the show.  I shied away from ordering it myself because I am not a big fan of hollandaise sauce and was just expecting some big potatoes on the side of the plate – but this was incredible.  The hollandaise was light and delicious and the potatoes were diced and had an incredible flavor – not sure what spices were on it.  Would definitely order that on a return visit.


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