2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
On my trip to LA, there were a handful of places I had FourSquared and Yelped. Like any trendy New York cafe, I needed to try Urth Caffe. (I believe I read on the menu that things were organic and locally sourced.)
When we got there around 10:30 a.m., there was a line out the door. Though it turns out, there is a separate line for take out and sit down.
The process is that you order first at the counter, with an assortment of desserts and pastries on display to taunt you, pay and then grab your number plate and find a seat. We opted to sit out in the back courtyard, right beside the mini water fountain, because it’s LA and this is what people do, right?
The metal furniture outside isn’t the most comfortable, but the serene atmosphere more than makes up for it.
We had three separate numbers on our table, but our meal came together.
I had the broccoli quiche that came with a side salad. I was feeling like a salad, but also wanted a breakfast item. The size of the salad was larger than I had expected, but very glad I got my veg fill. The quiche was fan-tas-tic. I had my reservations of ordering this egg custard like item, but all were banished as soon as I cut a slice into this pie. It was creamy without tasting like it was runny and the crust was a perfect flakiness. It wasn’t like a regular pie crust that could be too greasy and made out of shortening — that type of consistency freaks me out. It was phyllo like and I can seriously eat anything wrapped in phyllo dough.
My brunch companions both had a pizza. I had a bite of the dough because it just looked too good to pass up. It had a lot of bite and if you’re one to like fresh baked bread, I think you’d really like this pizza. Both of them were raving about it.
We also indulged in a slice of pumpkin pie with a huge side of whipped cream. Again, the crust was light and didn’t taste like a greasy shortening laced bottom. The pumpkin puree was very smooth and just the right amount of sweetness and cinnamon flavour.
I would say this is the ABC Kitchen of brunches in Los Angeles, though NYC and LA are far different and so the ambience and customers also different. The prices are fair and the quality of the ingredients are nice. The line moves fast and there isn’t a stuck up air like how some NYC brunch crowds can be. Don’t miss this one if you’re in the area!