Somewhere in Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain warns us never to eat brunch in a restaurant, because that’s when they use up all the old leftovers. (As my father-in-law dryly observed about salad bars, “It saves them a trip to the dump.”) But if you’re not eating meat or fish, and if the service is not buffet-style, brunch is less of a worry. As a matter of fact, I adore brunch! And vegetarian mecca Café Flora in Seattle, WA does one of the best I’ve had in a long time.
My mother ordered rooibos tea, but I could not resist a mimosa, which combines two heavenly elixirs, orange juice and sparkling wine! Then the beignets arrived. They were too substantial (without the hollow middle that a great beignet has), but still tasted divine.
We sat in the garden room, which added greatly to the charm of the meal. It’s full of potted plants and has huge windows and a fountain.
Beautiful yet simple presentation of the food is one of Café Flora’s strengths. Just look at the Breakfast Platter, composed of scrambled tofu, fried potatoes and garlicky greens, with a delightful fruit garnish.
I was never very enthusiastic before about scrambled tofu, but after tasting this, I vowed to try to reproduce it at home. Here’s another Breakfast Platter with cheesy grits instead of the potatoes, and eggs in place of the tofu.
Given that this was brunch not breakfast, the Long Suffering husband was able to enjoy a craft beer with his meal. He chose the vegetable quesadilla, which had a layer of egg in addition to the tortilla. As a side he got the smoky collard greens, which were more thoroughly cooked than the garlicky greens, and had a flavor of chipotle.
This was my idea of a perfect meal. On Friday: my scrambled tofu recipe!
robert okaji said:
My mouth is watering. Must be time for breakfast!
This is SO my thing! Drooooooooool….
Yes, and their pastry case looks mouthwatering too. I wish I had tried one of their cinnamon rolls.
did you have ROOM for a cinnamon roll?
No, I didn’t!
Oh, this looks so good… I am, btw, on a vegetarian cooking spree at the moment, because my son has decided to do without meat for a while as an experiment. Tonight it’s sweet potato curry with spinach leaves. If you have any recommendations for vegetarian food blogs – I need help 😉
Thanks! I like CookieandKate http://cookieandkate.com
but to be honest, I often turn to good old hard copy cookbooks, especially Mark Bittman’s “How To Cook Everything Vegetarian.”
Your curry sounds delicious!
Thanks, Linnet. I was googling yesterday and came across cookieandkate, too. Maybe I have to get myself a vegetarian cook book, too.
i will “go vegetarian” in a future life and try to do that as frequently as i can in this incarnation. you description of the meal, etc. was pause-eye-tivvleee KROOOL to look but not touch (nor sniff, and SNIFFN-EET!) for your readers. (snif). good to know, tho’ — sumwear in downtown seattle, which i should go to/thru’ soon!
Haha! If the photo is good enough, you CAN smell the food 🙂 Though sadly not taste it.
Oh, that looks beautiful and delicious! And the garden room looks breathtaking!
Absolutely! Highly recommended if you’re ever in Seattle 🙂
YES! Love brunch! (Sans the scrambled tofu. You can keep that. 🙂
Hahaha! But you are so fond of healthy things. Believe me, this goes down easy. I’m not a tofu fan and yet I crave it!
Thanks, it was great!
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