One of my favorite restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles is Bottega Louie. What I love about this particulary restaurant is the great food and it’s architecture particularly the high ceilings, bright natural light, and its large open kitchen. Every time I go to Bottega Louie, it reminds me of my travels in Rome and in Paris searching for the perfect coffee and pastry to start my morning before sightseeing around town.
Last week, I went to Bottega Louie after attending the services at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. The restaurant is a short 10 minute drive. Often times I hear complaints about the loud noise (an architecture flaw for having high ceilings) and the long wait times. But I figured out the the best time to go is right when the restaurant opens, because you’re guaranteed the solitude to enjoy your dining experience with peace and quiet. I arrived shortly after they opened for dining. The restaurant had slightly changed its cafe section, but the grab-and-go meal section was still there. Also gone were the little jars of jams and confectioneries. Thank goodness the bakery section and their delightful macaroons were still around. The colorful macaroons are Bottega Louie’s specialty. Stuffed inside a pretty box and given as a gift, Bottega Louie’s macaroons is like receiving that surprise diamond ring! Well, it’s like that for me.
My favorite breakfast at Bottega Louie is their Smoked Salmon Benedict. It’s such a cheerful welcoming breakfast item with a bright, luscious Hollandaise sauce and two hearty potato pancakes. In between is a magnificent smoked salmon and the prized poached egg. I love this dish, because visually it perky. How can you not want to eat it after looking at a photo of it?
The Smoked Salmon Benedict has the crunch from the potato pancake and the hint of smoke from the salmon with a slight tartness from the red onions. But my absolute favorite part of eating the Smoked Salmon Benedict is cracking open the egg yolk and watching the lava flow of the warmed, gooey yolk glisten over everything. Tasting it gives me the same warm and fuzzy feelings when I eat a hot fudge sundae or take a bite out of a forkful of mashed potatoes and gravy. So heavenly.