I have to take this time right now to write a post about one of my favorite places to eat in DTLA (down town Los Angeles), because if you are ever there, you HAVE to go eat at Bottega Louie.
In the fall of last year, 2014, I went to the Adobe convention in DTLA.
In just exploring the city in between classes I was walking around taking pictures and happened upon Bottega Louie. It looks very fancy and pretty so I had to go in.
When you walk in the front door the first thing you see is a case with the most beautiful display of macarons in every color, gorgeous cakes and pastries. So, on my first stop there I grabbed a few macarons. I thought the earl grey one was very pretty and I had never tried a macaron like that so I grabbed one of those.
On my next visit I grabbed my coworker, Erin, since we were on this business trip together, to grab breakfast with me before class for the day. On this stop in I had the salmon benedict and the green juice. They both were THE TRUTH. Wow. So delicious. The Benedict consisted of a potato pancake topped with smoked wild salmon, crème fraîche , red onions, sautéed spinach, then topped with a poached egg and hollandaise. A Frisée and tomato salad was served on the side. I was in HEAVEN. It was one of the best eggs benedicts I have ever had. Erin had it as well and she loved it.
For dessert we had a pastry called Saint Honore. It was a puff pastry base, topped with pâte à choux and then rimmed with mini cream puffs dipped in caramelized sugar. Yum. I had one of my favorite drinks, Belvoir elderflower soda, while Erin sipped on some tea.
My next visit to Bottega Louie was the night before I was leaving. I met Luis’s cousins, Lauren and Michael, and Eddie’s girlfriend Stephanie <3. We had dinner. I love how they put the bread right on the table. They are known for this. It is very good bread too. For my main course I had the Colorado rack of lamb, and a Moulin Rouge cocktail. The cocktail was made with Hangar One Citron Vodka, St. Germain, raspberries, fresh lemon juice & simple syrup. I was pretty tipsy lol. The lamb was tasty, but the portion was just small. The dinner food is very good, but I would pick breakfast here over dinner any day, if they’d server me breakfast for dinner you know I would take it!
My very last visit here was for breakfast again of course. Erin and I rushed over for one last meal here before our flight. She loved this place just as much as me J This time I tried the regular eggs benedict. It was the typical Canadian bacon with poached egg, hollandaise on top of an English muffin, with the addition of sautéed spinach. It was very good, but after having the salmon benedict here, I would always pay the $2 extra to have that one instead! Of course I got another green juice, and this time we tried a croissant and a crème brûlée. Both were very good, of course.
If you are ever in DTLA definitely go check this place out for a number of reasons! They are located at 700 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90017. Visit their website at www. Bottegalouie.com. They also ship their macarons 😉