Suncafe Brings to the Table a Healthy Brunch that Makes You Feel Good
Brunch invites you to stay a while. You’ve been going non stop all week and now its time to slow it down a bit. At SunCafe, their patio is the perfect spot to accomplish just that. Order a Bellini, relax and only pick up your phone for instra worthy food pics—not checking your e-mail or what time it is. This menu is not just for the health nut—or is it…Chef Roy Elam is coming out with a set of optical illusion vegan and raw dishes. With Suncafe’s new location and expanded kitchen area, a larger menu becomes available that can accommodate anyones palate, even the bacon lover!
“Weekend brunch is all about comfort and leisure. This location was originally someone’s home, and as you sit out in the garden patio, listening to the trickling sounds of our fountain and birds chirping, you feel instantly relaxed and at home, ” says SunCafe General Manager Wally Moran.
The Biscuits and Gravy are a must brunch item! It reminds me of what grandma used to make. You would have no idea it was made with healthier options. You could call it misleading, but in a good way. The biscuits and gravy have a few tweaks made to them; like the whole wheat biscuits, house-made seed-based chorizo, organic spinach and a rich mushroom gravy that offer that richness we crave. It looks like grandma’s…but they are a LOT healthier for you.
Suncafe also makes their own breakfast cereal with all raw ingredients. The crunchy and hearty dish is a combo of buckwheat oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and raisins, and is served with cashew milk and a side of fresh fruit. You also have the option of having this delicious treat as a parfait, with layers of coconut cream and fresh berries.
The all time favorite brunch item is the omelet, hands down! This is not your traditional omelet you would expect, as it’s made with silken tofu mixed with bean and potato flours, filled with arugula, asparagus, mushrooms, tomato and avocado. I’m sure if you’re not vegan this is something you’re not interested in, but trust me, just try it. It kind of reminds me of that food that looks like one thing but tastes like another. This omelet looks and tastes like one, but the numbers (caloric) don’t add up. If you’re feeling adventurous at this point, then try the Farmer’s Market Frittata. Through all the tasting of glorious food, you come the realization that healthy food can actually taste like the comforting flavors one would expect for brunch. It’s an illusion that I am happy to fall for. Saturday and Sunday are the perfect days to visit for brunch, especially since the chef literally just got back from the farmer’s market that morning.
Don’t forget about the drinks! Probably the most important part of the meal. I love to start with a Bellini, made with fresh peach puree. It really brightens my morning. Or order the seasonal mimosa made with fruits from the farmer’s market. Bartender Michael Barret’s Citrus and-Spice Zurra Blanca Sangria also makes an appearance on the menu, mixing coriander, pinot grigio, peach, orange, lemon, and cinnamon. Kick it up a notch! Get your fix with SunCafe’s Mexican Michelada, a mix of fresh tomato and lime juice and lager.
SunCafe serves brunch from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.SunCafe 10820 Ventura Boulevard Studio City, CA 91604 818.927.4100 | www.suncafe.com