Madeleine Bistro is my all-time favorite vegan restaurant. But Flore is firmly at the number two spot. I love it because the menu really ranges from light, healthy fare to more indulgent treats, but all the while using fresh, whole foods. I had brunch there last weekend and was excited to see a couple new items had been added to the menu since my last visit.
“The Good Morning” may seem a bit mundane to some, but to me it is totally ideal. This dish consists of fresh fruit with soy yogurt, toast with soy butter and jam, a glass of fresh pressed orange juice, and your choice of coffee or hot tea. Because Flore is always willing to accommodate, my server made my fruit bowl without any cantaloupe (which makes me GAG, blech) or even fruit that had come in contact with that gross, slimy melon. For my toast I said ixnay to the butter and opted for the spelt bread. You could also choose 6-grain, sourdough, or rye but honestly the spelt is just so perfect for toast (and is the healthiest choice) you shouldn’t even worry yourself with the other options! The Good Morning is basic but totally hits the spot. I must must must find out where Flore gets their jam. It has chunks of real fruit in it (some apple I think?) and is just absolutely incredible!
My friend was eying the breakfast burrito, but I coerced her into ordering the new Biscuits and Gravy. I’m constantly hearing about the amazing vegan biscuits and gravy at vegan restaurants in other parts of the U.S., but L.A. is seriously lacking when it comes to this southern delicacy. Until now, that is, for I can assure you that Flore’s version is epic: two big melt-in-your-mouth biscuits smothered in creamy gravy and topped with seitan sausage. I came very close to licking the last dregs of gravy right off the plate (and it wasn’t even mine!) This is a must-try meal for any Angeleno vegan.
We were stuffed but I’ve been itching to try one of Flore’s raw shakes to see how it compares to the ones at Sunpower Natural Cafe, so my friend and I decided to split one. We went for the Raw Chocolate Shake made with cacao, almonds, agave, and banana. While it was no match for the impossibly creamy epiphany that is Sunpower’s Cacao Superfood Shake, Flore’s shake was taaaasty. It is on the thin side, which is fine by me because unlike the cashew-packed drink at Sunpower, I don’t have to feel guilty afterward about consuming copious amounts of fat. You can also definitely taste the banana, which I don’t prefer, but nonetheless, I chugged this cold guy back in less than 2 minutes. I will definitely order this again to take along on strolls through the neighborhood. It’s a perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Get ye to Flore Cafe pronto for some mega brunch action!
Oh…and stay tuned for an awesome giveaway I’ll be doing in the next day or so!
3818 W. Sunset Blvd.
LA, CA 90026