There’s the old cliché that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
For the person who isn’t eager to rise as early as the sun, that phrase might as well go in one ear and out the other. I’ve never been a fan of breakfast and there are posts within this blog that have merely served as a sincere attempt to change that. I’ve had a few successes here and there that I thought would lead me to believe in the cliché, but it was really nothing to make a significant change in my perspective.
A recent attempt to adjust my view of breakfast and my opinion on the quote was a visit to Blu Jam Cafe. While I dined in the Hollywood location before, this breakfast took me to their newest restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. Centered in the Spring Arcade Building, Blu Jame Cafe is an ideal location for those who find the quote to be accurate or even those who hope to challenge it.
Since I wasn’t in the mood to eat a lot of food, and didn’t want to waste any I ordered two drinks and two dishes. The drinks that caught my eye were the Iced Vanilla Latte ($4.95) and Strawberry Mint Lemonade ($3.50). While the latte wasn’t as sweet or creamy as I hoped, the lemonade was refreshing and tart and was the best option for such a hot summer day.
With the drinks to the side, my order arrived. The first of the two was the French Toast Churros ($13.95). The name alone was captivating and the description was just the same: French brioche, cinnamon, sugar, cornflakes, fresh mint, and a vanilla glaze. The moment I saw this dish I knew that I would have to take my photos as quickly as I could so that the churros wouldn’t harden as they cooled down. I’m sure they would still taste good warm, but my gut wanted to enjoy them hot when they were fresh out the kitchen. I’m glad I did and I encourage you to do the same because the churros were exceptional when they are warm. The brioche had the crunchiest exterior thanks to the corn flakes which provided a unique texture to what would have been a simple toast otherwise at a different restaurant. Once I got through the crunch there was a warm and soft bread that easily succumbed to the arches of my mouth. To make the toast even more delicious was the the vanilla glaze. It was sweet, rich, and unforgettable.
The second and last plate was the Salmon Hash ($15.95). A plentiful amount of chopped Shetland Island salmon was scattered across baby spinach, tomatoes, red bell peppers, potatoes, capers, pickled red onions, poached eggs, and dill hollandaise with two slices of toast on the side. Since I’m not crazy about onions and bell peppers, I asked to have fewer added here than would normally be served. As I sent my fork deep into the plate I quickly found that the hash was such a wonderful blend of ingredients and varying flavors. From the start of the vegetables to the addition of the salmon I was presented with a range of textures and flavors that blended together effortlessly. This could be seen in the crunchy potatoes, the juicy tomatoes, and subtle capers which all created a delicious plate. However, the part that made the hash a favorite of mine was the poached egg. The moment the egg was pierced and the yolk trickled down the ingredients, the plate became delightful.
The breakfast at Blu Jam Café was delicious and I loved the creative take they had with the French toast. While I can’t say that it has changed my view on getting up early in the morning, I can say that I will be back for more of it and if it happens to be early during the day, I won’t be that mad.
Address: 541 S. Spring Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hours: Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday & Sunday – 8:00am to 4:00pm
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