Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

We had a lovely Mother's Day brunch at Akasha in Culver City. I'd never visited this restaurant, even though Akasha is the wife of a school friend of mine. We were pleasantly surprised by the warmth and ambiance of this spot.  The room is huge. I do remember eating here when it was an Italian restaurant.  One section of Akasha's is a little coffee house, bakery and cafe. The larger side has a full bar, many interior tables. There's also a nice patio for dining. The place was jumpin' with brunchers. 
Akasha, Interior

The brunch menu is small, but interesting. 
Mom and I both ordered the polenta cake Benedict: Poached eggs, pecorino romano, la quercia prosciutto, hollandaise sauce.  Larry had the bread pudding French toast with strawberry compote and maple syrup.  Everything was yummy.

Polenta Cake Benedict

Bread Pudding French Toast

Coffee with a bit more

Larry's latte was divine and Mom loved the "pour-over" coffee with the extra little pitcher on the side. I also had the most delicious cucumber lemonade. 

Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade

I'd love to come back for dinner sometime soon.
Roz and Ellen

Akasha is opening an Indian cuisine inspired restaurant a few doors away called Sāmbār in the space formerly occupied by Ford's Filling Station.
The building that houses Akasha's restaurant is the Hull Building, built in 1925 as the first hospital in Culver City.  It was designated as Culver City Historic Site #2 in 1983.  
After our meal we strolled down Culver Boulevard a bit so Mom could see what's been happening in downtown Culver City. She was amazed at all of the new restaurants.  
The Culver Hotel

We took a look inside the historic Culver Hotel. The lobby was full of tables for Mother's Day brunch.  There was a live jazz trio on the patio....very festive.
In front of the Culver Hotel. Larry's new friend.

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