Monday, January 23, 2012

Brunch at Mohawk Bend

I didn't really get excited when I was invited to a recent comped media brunch at Mohawk Bend. My first experience there was not bad, but didn't really leave me wanting to rush back any time soon. I think it was mostly the memory of the marshmallow-like vegan cheese on the pizzas. However, it's very hard for me to turn down brunch where egg dishes abound and you can drink before noon without judgement, so off I went.

Bloody Mary

Tony Yanow is known for having many vegan dishes in his restaurants so of course we had to try a few at brunch. Traditional scrapple is made by combining various leftover meats into one (supposedly) delicious mound. At Mohawk Bend, they take that concept and make it vegan. Leftover scraps of vegetables are combined with tofu and lightly fried. It's surprisingly delicious.

Vegan Scrapple

The fried eggs and ham ($13) was one of the first dishes to catch my eye so I was glad we ordered it. Two poached eggs are fried and served with arugula, prosciutto, and roasted root vegetables. It's a great mix of decadent and fresh.

Fried Eggs & Ham

Huevos rancheros is one of my favorite brunch dishes. Mohawk's version, the Huevos Divorciados ($11) did not disappoint. The chilaquiles stay crisp for a surprisingly long time and the salsas and queso fresco bring everything together.

Huevos Divorciados

To sweeten our morning, we had the Elvis french toast ($10). It's stuffed with bananas, topped with a slice of bacon and served with a peanut sauce. The sauce makes the dish.

Elvis French Toast

The roast mushrooms ($11) can be made with either a tofu scramble or eggs. We chose eggs. As most readers know, I'm not a mushroom person, but these were tasty.

Roast Mushrooms

For being both vegan and gluten free, Sera's Signature Waffle ($8) is surprisingly light and fluffy. It is made with white beans, baking soda, and some other ingredients that I promptly forgot. We all enjoyed the waffle with the syrup it came with, but agreed that there is a savory component that would make this waffle excellent with a chicken and waffles-type dish.

Sera’s Signature Waffle

My Golden Road Hef ($5.50) made at Yanow's Golden Road Brewery was perfect for washing down all the brunch food.

Golden Road Hef

The last time I visited Mohawk Bend, I wasn't that impressed with the pizzas. This Breakfast All Day pizza ($14) has since changed my mind. The vegan crust is topped with cheese, Canadian bacon, spinach, Parmesan, and two eggs. The crust is nice and thin and the runny yolks meld perfectly with the cheese and bacon.

Breakfast All Day

We all left this brunch surprisingly pleased with how good this meal was. With a new chef and a more streamlined operation, it seems Mohawk Bend has settled in to their surroundings and has found their groove.

Mohawk Bend
2141 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337

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susan said...

I love all of your restaurant reviews. Makes me feel as though I was there!

aida mollenkamp said...

Thanks for sharing, Esi. I've been meaning to check out Mohawk Bend so it's nice to know what you liked!

Joanne said...

This all sounds so tasty! I'm glad the place didn't disappoint the second time around!

Let Me Eat Cake said...

still haven't been to Mohawk but definitely intrigued by this brunch, but a bit skeptical of the waffle ingredients...

marla said...

I like the looks of all of these ~ especially the tofu :)

maggie mae aprons. said...

aaaaand I'm hungry!

Banana Wonder said...

everything looks soooo good! I want it all. I would love to try the white bean waffle and elvis french toast, in particular. I went to Mohawk on my last trip to LA and had the shroom pizza... good stuff!!

SinoSoul said...

Just want to thank you for being the only person to post the prices.

Esi said...

Ha, you're welcome Tony. I always try to post them if I can find them easily (or if I take the menu home with me)