It’s no secret that I love brunch. In fact, morning tends to be my favorite time of the day. I just love waking up and getting a good run or workout in, having a shower and then having a nice breakfast to start the day off right. During the week my breakfast usually consists of oatmeal topped with slivered almonds and a banana, so when the weekend rolls around, I tend to gravitate towards something different.
As I mentioned in my weekend update, the weather in Southern CA has been absolutely stunning. The Englishman and I wanted to take advantage of the warmer temps, so we decided to go to one of our regular breakfast spots, Haute Cakes, and sit outside on their patio.
I have been to Haute Cakes many times, and while they have excellent afternoon snacks, I feel like there’s something always slightly lacking. The service is always good, the food comes out piping hot, but I feel like it’s never as good as it could’ve been. Take our breakfast for example.
I ordered the Three Egg Scramble which came with eggs, fruit, toast and potatoes.
The eggs were nice and fluffy, the potatoes had nice flavor to them and the fruit was good. But the toast? First off, they were out of baguettes (at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning) and the sourdough toast they gave me was almost burnt and was as hard as a rock. I had a few bites of it before calling it quits.
Then there was the Englishman’s breakfast. He got the Haute Combination which came with pancakes or french toast, eggs, bacon or sausage and fruit. He went with french toast, poached eggs, and bacon.
I loved the French Toast – it had a nice hint of sweetness but not too overpowering. The bacon was nice and crispy. But the poached eggs? They were horribly underdone to the point that the Englishman did not feel comfortable eating them.
So that’s my issue with Haute Cakes. They do things really, really, well, but then there are other components that seem to drop the cafe down a few notches. I really want to love the place and sing it’s praises from the rooftops, but I can’t yet. Until then, I’ll keep visiting in the hopes that my “like” for Haute Cakes will soon turn into a “love.”