I’ve loved exploring Los Angeles, which can prove to be a challenge in timing as the city is rather massive. While, like most, I love Venice and West Hollywood, I also want to try different parts of town. I was meeting a new friend, Aashna, across town in Echo Park at Winsome.
Winsome is an all-day, two-part concept: a bakery and café with a carry out counter at the front, and a full-service, sleek restaurant in the back. There is a diner-style long bar, should you chose to dine there. There’s also a cozy and cute back nook, plus a beautiful, outdoor patio surrounded by walls of greenery that would be great for cocktails.
Winsome serves La Colombe coffee, and my almond milk latte was top notch. We ordered a few pastries from the unique selection that includes coconut mocha butter cake, a bruleed caramel rye brownie, or a buckwheat ginger oat cookie. Because I’m basic and obsessed with Matcha, we chose the Matcha concha, a fluffy, bulbous, and deliciously green confection.
We also tried the sweet brioche, served with berries. It tasted as beautiful as it looked—the caramelized, cooked berries were so sweet they bordered on jam, and really hit the spot.
Winsome offers a lovely offering of healthy bites, like house-made granola and chia pudding, as well as heartier options like a fried egg sandwich, and duck egg toast.
Aashna ordered her go-to order, the crispy tofu, which is on the all-day menu. She’s not crazy about breakfast items, which makes her a bad Bitch. The tofu is sourced from a local maker, the best in town, as it turns out. The fried crispy puffs are served with puffed wheat berries, Thai basil, and marinated peppers. It’s an interesting dish with unique flavors, and good for sharing among vegetarian friends.
There are three types of potato rosti on the menu: corned beef, spinach, and salmon. I love me some lox, so I ordered the smoked salmon rosti, served with basil tahini and fennel pollen. The dish was enormous, and beautiful—hunks of avocado and drizzles of basil tahini surrounded two fluffy, fried eggs. I was hungry, as I often am, so I was pleased by the massive, hearty dish of shredded hash brown potatoes, fresh salmon, and two fried eggs. But, it was the flavors that absolutely blew me away. I’ve never sampled anything like this tahini and to pair basil with fennel flavorings was unique but deliciously memorable. This would be a great dish to share as you sample the other dishes available at Winsome.
We also shared the caramelized grapefruit, which was grilled with a chestnut honey and topped with sprigs of mint. Thoughtfully, the grapefruit was cut into segments, making it easy to eat and to share with others.
Last but not least, I was blown away by the chia pudding, a delicious strawberry flavored bowl of heaven. I love that chia pudding is made with coconut milk, making it a sweet treat that is both dairy- and gluten-free. While I’ve had vanilla and chocolate versions, I discovered with one bite that strawberry takes it to a whole other level. It was topped with slices of strawberries and bananas, and sprigs of mint.
Winsome is a lovely destination for brunch, and we love that it serves on weekdays. If you’re taking a long weekend to L.A. and love brunch, put this on your weekday itinerary.
The Bitches say: A for a lovely ambiance, delicious coffee and pastries, and inventive, beautifully executed brunch fare.
1115 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Winsome serves brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily