Enjoy Farmers Market-Inspired Fare on a Primo Patio
With the weather starting to warm up in Southern California, we’re looking forward to leisurely weekend brunches outdoors. Wilshire Restaurant scores highly in the patio department with its split-level al fresco space shaded by trees and sail-like canvases, and this Santa Monica spot has added to its appeal by launching a Sunday brunch buffet complete with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Executive chef Nyesha Arrington, who was a fierce competitor on season 9 of “Top Chef,” takes inspiration from the nearby farmers market to put a spin on classic brunch dishes, such as her crab cake Benedict with tomato hollandaise sauce. The bountiful spread also features fresh fruits, cheeses, charcuterie, shrimp, smoked salmon, brioche french toast and salads like arugula with burrata, roasted red pepper and aged balsamic. In addition, there’s a customizable omelet station and a dessert buffet with mini cupcakes and over-sized cookies.
Meanwhile, the bar on the patio has a set-up with Bloody Mary garnishes like celery, pickles, olives and even bacon. Imbibers can also spice things up with several different varieties of hot sauce, including Tabasco, Sriracha and the fittingly named Pain 85% made with habanero peppers.
The cost for the all-you-can-eat-and-drink Sunday brunch buffet is $35 (not including tax or gratuity) for adults and $25 for children under 12 years of age. Seating is available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
You can click on each photo to enlarge.