Mother’s Day Special So Cal Spots – 2017

Napa Valley Grille –

The new Executive Chef Kenny Spost makes the best French Toast in LA with mascerated strawberries and braised pork chilaquiles – Here’s my review-

Napa Valley Grille

14962593_1477950892221092_3532016042673321531_nThe Grill on the Alley Beverly Hills
This is the first year that The Grill will serve Mother’s Day brunch. Bring Mom on Sunday, May 14 to enjoy a menu featuring classic brunch favorites including crab cake Benedict, corned beef hash and eggs, Maryland soft shell crabs and slow-roasted prime rib. 560 Dayton Way, (310)276-0615.

Ysabel Mother’s Day – Treat mom to brunch with globally artistic dishes created by Ysabel executive chef Alison Trent on Mother’s Day in a midcentury-modern space with an outdoor patio. The brunch includes buttermilk biscuits, toasted focaccia, gluten-free zucchini and banana bread, as well as plain and chocolate croissants. Mimosas are offered by the glass or carafe. Brunch also features spicy fried rice with poached egg, roasted wild mushrooms with fried egg, English muffins and hollandaise sauce, and Moroccan pepper stew with baked egg, feta cheese and dukkah (a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices). Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner service begins after 3 p.m. 945 N. Fairfax Ave., (323)366-2940.


Ocean Prime Mother’s Day – The Beverly Hills restaurant Ocean Prime will serve Sunday brunch in honor of mom on Sunday, May 14. Blood orange mimosas are made with fresh blood orange juice, simple syrup, Cointreau and champagne. Mom will also enjoy signature bloody Marys made with a choice of vodka, housemade mix and a jumbo shrimp as a garnish. Starters include smoked salmon and bagels and blackened salmon salad topped with strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, goat cheese, field greens, basil poppy seed dressing and a sprinkling of candied walnuts. Hearty dishes include crab and eggs on an English muffin, and braised short ribs surf and turf. 9595 Wilshire Blvd., (310)859-4818.

Viviane at the Avalon Hotel

Viviane Restaurant at Avalon Hotel – Viviane offers a special Mother’s Day poolside brunch with a starter, entree and dessert. Newly appointed executive chef Jack Hotchkin’s menu features American and European-inspired cuisine with a California flair. Brunch selections include tomato carpaccio and lobster rolls. Finish with matcha green tea panna cotta. The Mother’s Day brunch is $45 per person and includes coffee, tea and soft drinks. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., (310)407-7791.

Ray’s cocktails

Mother’s Day at Ray’s & Stark Bar – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ray’s & Stark Bar on an outdoor patio next to the “Urban Light” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Executive chef Fernando Darin’s brunch menu includes specials for mom starting at 10 a.m. Smoked salmon Benedict with caviar and hollandaise pairs nicely with Nature or Nurture cocktails made with rosemary-infused gin and blended house-made strawberry lemonade. Squash toast with goat cheese, pomegranate and pickled pearl onions is another brunch favorite. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., (323)857-6180.


Mother’s Day at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen – Chef Mohan Ismail’s four-course menu incorporates exotic flavors and dishes inspired by his family’s traditions in Singapore. Dine at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen on Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and enjoy a selection of appetizers including crispy samosas and lacquered barbecue ribs. Entrees include Vietnamese lobster with glass noodles and northern Thai curry short rib with snap peas, sweet potatoes, eggplant, cilantro and Thai basil. Mom will want seconds of the ginger fried rice. Indulge with caramelized banana custard cake for dessert. The four-course feast is $68 per person for parties of two or more. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)552-9988.


Elegant Patina on Mother’s Day – Patina’s new executive chef Andreas Roller offers an elegant Mother’s Day dining experience with beautiful, ornate dishes for mom at Patina, located at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes Capitol oysters and pearls, jumbo green asparagus with poached farm egg, and buttermilk fried quail with grits, apricot and sauce Albufera. Greek yogurt panna cotta with a berry compote and granola, and mango boba are available. The three-course prix-fixe dinner is $65 per person. A child-friendly menu features organic buckwheat waffles with Harry’s berries and crème fraiche Chantilly or jidori chicken with potato mousseline, carrots and herb jus. The children’s menu is $35 for guests 12 and under. Additionally, an a la carte dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to closing. 141 S. Grand Ave., (213)972-3331.

Margarita for Mom at Craft LA 

New chef de cuisine Dennis Crutchfield of Craft LA will offer a prix-fixe brunch menu and Sunday dinner menu in celebration of Mother’s Day. Moms will receive a complimentary La Purista margarita and assorted pastries by pastry chef Shannon Swindle. The three-course brunch menu also includes family-style dishes such as little gem salad with bacon lardons and avocado pickled shrimp with black pepper crackers. Main course options include croque madames, diver scallops and ramp risotto, and pork belly hash. Mother’s Day brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner is served from 5 to 8:30 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., (310)279-4180.

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse

Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse – Executive chef Megan Logan is a new mom, and she will share the joy of motherhood with a Mother’s Day special and a la carte dinner menu from 3 to 8 p.m. The special features a choice of dessert and a glass of sparkling wine for $18. Desserts include white chocolate lime mousse cake or brownie chocolate passion with a marigold flower. 330 S. Hope St., (213)680-0330.

Kendall’s Brasserie spring-inspired Mother’s Day

The recently renovated Kendall’s Brasserie offers French specialties by executive chef Jean Pierre Bosc. Mother’s Day fare will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a farmers’ market breakfast with poached farm eggs, rosemary roasted Yukon gold potatoes, Bloomsdale spinach, grilled asparagus and roasted tomato. Croque madames with jambon de Paris and duck fat garlic frites are also available. Kendall’s Brasserie’s club sandwich is made with rotisserie chicken, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, butter lettuce, oven dried tomato and herb aioli on a pretzel croissant. The three-course menu is $41 for adults, $19 for children 12 and under. 135 N. Grand Ave., (213)972-7322.

Cafe Pinot

Caring menu for mom at Café Pinot – Celebrate Mother’s Day in a lush garden setting at Café Pinot in downtown Los Angeles. Executive chef Viet Pham offers an inventive, California fresh menu on Sunday, May 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a Mother’s Day dinner menu from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy smoked salmon with everything bagel garnish, crème fraiche, radish, candy striped beets, dill and caper berries. Pham’s corn beef hash is served with crispy potatoes, piquillo peppers, caramelized onion, arugula and horseradish, and topped with 62-degree eggs. For a sweet and savory dish, the French toast with berries and vanilla Chantilly is served with optional seared foie gras for an additional $15. The three-course menu is $55 for adults, $19 for children 12 and under. 700 W. Fifth St., (213)239-6500.

Vegan Mother’s Day at Gracias Madre

Bring vegan moms to Gracias Madre, which is offering spring empanadas made with English peas, new potato, asparagus, chives and tomatillo sauce with cashew crème. Order fresh raspberry shortcake with Meyer lemon curd and a sugar biscuit, topped with rosemary, cashew whipped cream and raspberry coulis. 8905 Melrose Ave., (323)978-2170.

Pool side dining at TART

TART, located next to the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel across Fairfax Avenue from the Original Farmers Market, is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch menu by chef Joshua Pebbles with seating available in an outdoor cabana adjacent to the hotel pool. Brunch favorites include shrimp and grits, crab potato Benedict and punch bowls to share. 115 S Fairfax Ave., (323)556-2608.


New Sunday brunch at Yamashiro

Hollywood’s hilltop restaurant Yamashiro is launching a new Sunday brunch buffet on Mother’s Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moms will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne. The iconic restaurant, which previously only opened for dinner, will continue brunch service every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch buffet service features multiple themed stations with crab legs, shrimp cocktail, oysters, prime rib, chicken and waffles, omelets and build-your-own salads. A bread and Danish table, and yogurt and fruit bar, are also available. Mother’s Day hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday after Mother’s Day. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., (323)466-5125.

These events were also featured in the May 11, 2017 issue of Beverly Press.

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