• madeleine bistro: the ultimate vegan brunch

    February 11th, 2010quarrygirlLA restaurants, madeleine bistro, Uncategorized

    the best place to have an extravagant, relaxing, delicious brunch in los angeles is without a doubt madeleine bistro. the entirely vegan restaurant located in tarzana specializes in organic, elegant, and cutting-edge cuisine. i dined there recently with a large group of friends and strangers, and our table was covered with some of the most amazing food i’ve ever eaten. i didn’t get pictures of everything, but here is just some of what we had…

    beignets, organic fruit compote. full order. $8

    we started with a couple of orders of beignets to pass around the table. the small fried dough balls were perfectly fluffy with a sugary outer-coating.

    fresh organic donuts. $2/each

    we also shared a few plates of donuts, which are so good they defy description. there’s a reason we put these things on the bucket list of must-try vegan food in los angeles.

    red beet tartare, warm tofu cheese crouton, english cucumber, balsamic glace. $12

    a couple red beet tartares were ordered as well, to be shared by some of the diners around the table. this is madeleine bistro’s signature dish, and a must order if you are a first time visitor. the most incredible mixture of soft beets atop a warm cake tofu cheese and doused in balsamic glace, it’s a culinary masterpiece.

    porcini-crusted tofu benedict, smoked portobella, rosti potatoes, hollandaise sauce. $15

    sitting across from me, polly from veggywood ordered the porcini-crusted tofu benedict, which looked like layer upon layer of pure scrumptious-ness.

    waffles and "chicken": belgian waffles, seitan chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy. $16

    brittany from sick of lettuce ordered the waffles and chicken, which looked so good, i will be sure to order it next time. her plate came with a huge stack of fluffy waffles, crispy chicken-fried seitan and a mound of mashed potatoes.

    plus it was all smothered in madeleine bistro’s incredible gravy….something i could drink by the gallon.

    lemon rosemary seitan with cornbread stuffing.

    melisser from the urban housewife went with an order of lemon rosemary seitan and sourdough stuffing. i have eaten this exact seitan at madeleine’s before, and i can tell you it’s nothing short of divine.

    the bigger maque: two no-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese... $11

    also at the table was a bigger maque, definitely a contender for the best vegan burger in los angeles. this thing comes stacked with two patties, layers of cheese and fresh vegetables. it’s like a gourmet, cruelty-free version of the old mcdonald’s favorite.

    phillet no phish: panko-crusted seitan, cheese, tartar sauce, whole wheat bun. $10

    the phillet no phish was also ordered, and this is seriously one of my favorite things on the menu. panko-crusted seitan, cheese, and tartar sauce all on a soft wheat bun. if you are a sandwich lover, this has got your name on it.

    madeleine club: chicken-fried seitan, tempeh bacon, sourdough. half order $6

    already approaching food coma from the donuts, i went with a half order of the madeleine club. it came with chicken-fried seitan and tempeh bacon on sourdough, and it really hit the spot.

    vegan crème brûlée

    for dessert, natalie aka vegan kitten, ordered the vegan creme brulee. she snapped the gorgeous pic above, and for more of her madeleine bistro photos you should check out her flickr set.

    organic mimosas

    and of course, what long and lazy weekend brunch would be complete without at least a couple of mimosas? madeleine bistro offers those as well.

    seriously the brunch at madeleine is absolutely epic, and what you see here is only about half of the food on the table. i couldn’t think of a better place to spend a few hours having a meal. pure food bliss, i tell you!

    madeleine bistro
    (818) 758-6971
    18621 Ventura Blvd.
    Tarzana, CA

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  • It was pretty goddamn epic.

  • i could probably sit and eat all those items right now. how is madeleine bistro so amazing?

  • @vegankitten: yeah, considering there was an entire half of the table of people i didn’t know, whose food i didn’t get pix of. haha! thanks for the photo, btw!

  • I need a bucket for my drool. The first 3 items on your list were my first order at Madeleine Bistro! OMG insanely delicious!

  • I just decided that my aim in life is to eat at Madeleine Bistro. Or maybe they’re gonna decide to open up one here in Switzerland, which would be more than ok with me….

  • This is the best restaurant I’ve ever eaten at, but I have only been for dinner! Need to get in on this brunch craze.

  • definitely an awesome sunday. good food and good friends!

    no one holds a candle to maddy’s.

  • I’d like to brag for a moment…I was their first brunch customer EVER!! 🙂 🙂 *clap clap yay me* 🙂

    I actually haven’t been to Madeleine in a while…it’s been too long, maybe I need to go this weekend!

    Dave – if you’re reading this – BRING BACK THE OMELETTE !!!!! 🙂

  • Oh lord, I love Madeleine so much, I was debating going again next weekend!

  • Simply put: Dave is not fuckin’ around.

  • The phillet no phish is one of the best things I’ve ever had. AND the tofu cheese cruton on the red beet tartar must have crack in it… I could eat it forever. No measure of success would be too good for Dave.

    I’m calling it…. Mad’s is 1000% better than Millenium. Just sayin’.

  • Oh. My. God. Had brunch here for the first time today. Brought in my borderline vegan Mom and I think I pushed her over the edge. That beet tartar might be the best vegan food I’ve ever had (and I’ve had a LOT). I also had chocolate chip pancakes with cashew whipped cream. Unreal. I can’t say enough about this meal. I have a whole blog entry of my own planned around it. Thanks SO much for the tip!!

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