First, please let me apologize for the delay between posts. Things have been quite busy around here, and I recently took a small trip to Los Angeles. This is going to be the first of many “catching up” posts with various restaurant reviews. Let’s begin with Flore Vegan Cuisine.
If you are ever in Los Angeles please remember to visit Flore Vegan Cuisine. Actually, chances are, even if you head to LA and forget all about this blog post, you might just end up there anyway. That’s because this restaurant is pretty awesome and Yelp and Google reviews highlight that with four and five star ratings.
Flore is an organic vegan restaurant located on West Sunset Boulevard in the Silverlake neighborhood of LA. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating, but it is small. It’s not the place to go for a large group outing, but there is a large deli area for walk-ins and to-go orders.
My partner and I went for a mid-morning brunch, and I think that’s probably the best time to go! Flore’s brunch menu is simply amazing. There is a healthy array of coffees, juices, shakes, and smoothies. The menu is quite long and boasts a waffles, pancakes, french toast, scrambles, frittatas, country dishes and more! We opted to start out by giving the orange & carrot juice a try.
The juice was fresh pressed and tasted great, and look at the lovely flower arrangement on the table! For the main course, Cory ordered the Biscuits & Gravy, while I opted for a spin on the Denver Omelet. If I know one thing about Cory, it’s that he loves biscuits and gravy.
The dish looked great. The biscuits were covered with house made nut-based sausage and a thick, spicy mushroom gravy, and it was served with sautéed kale and breakfast potatoes. Cory was pleased with the texture of the ‘sausage’ and the flavor of the gravy. The kale was lightly sautéed so if you’re looking for a soggy, wilted green you’ll be disappointed. This wasn’t overcooked or over oiled/ buttered at all. The stand out of this dish was certainly the amount of the vegan ‘sausage.’ Generally, vegan biscuits and gravy has some ‘sausage’ in the gravy, but that’s it.
My soy-based Denver omelet was delightful. My only complaint was that it wasn’t a very large portion. The omelet was stuffed with tempeh bacon, soy mozzerella, and diced green and red peppers. The dish was served with tomato slices and more tempeh bacon. I still can’t quite put my finger on how the omelet was made. I’ve had ‘omelets’ made with chick pea flour or mung beans, but this takes the cake. I’m hoping to find a restaurant with a similar dish around the midwest/ east coast so I can try it again!
We rounded out brunch by splitting a mini-bundt carrot cake with vegan cream cheese icing. The cake itself was good and the icing was a nice texture. However, I have to admit, it was much more cold and chewy than I would have liked. I’d even be okay with a bit of a melty icing if it meant having a soft and fluffy cake. So at the end of the day, visit Flore Vegan Cuisine for their main course items, but maybe hold the dessert. Overall, 4/5 stars!