Brunch at Café Orlin
Had brunch with three friends there at the heights of brunch rush hour and was pleasantly surprised on every level.
First, despite the time and the fact that one of our party was late, we were seated within minutes. No waiting, no hustle, just good friendly service.
Second: it's one of the most interesting brunch menus I've ever seen. Seriously. A good balance of traditional dishes (eggs benedict) and creative ("middle eastern breakfast" with lebneh and israeli salad; pumpkin pancakes). Enough for me to want to come back and try the rest. Plus, almost everything under $10.
Third, the space is cute, with a lowkey bohemian vibe. Small café tables, tile floor, mediterranean style. The thing is, it was a total déjà-vu with the inside of Café Mogador, the funky place next door.
The only downside was the noise level - in a place this popular, it's hard to be heard over the din.
Over the past year of weekly brunches, there have been many average meals, many spots that have passed muster but that I wouldn't go back to. I will definitely go back to Café Orlin. I really need to try those pumpkin pancakes.