The neighborhood was quant and typical LA; boutique shops abound, updated 70’s style homes line the curbs and $3,000-a-month apartments rise up from the ground. Plenty of parking street side and near the adjacent abodes are there for the taking free of charge.
When one first strolls up to Aroma, you can’t help but take notice of it’s controlled confusion with relation to its vibe and decor. Eclectic doesn’t even cover it; French, Spanish, rustic American, Creole… It was fun to tour the different sitting areas and rooms, many outside under umbrellas and down quant corridors to find knick-knacks and themed art. We settled in one such corridor with water fountains and plenty of shade after ordering our food.
Coffee was served tableside and didn’t disappoint. Herbaceous, dark and richly bitter my only complaint was their cavernously large bowls they were served in. As a firefighter, one never has to look too far to reach for fresh, hot coffee at the firehouse and it’s a tradition I’ve made permanent at home. So it seems sacrilegious to have anything below steaming Jo for me now. This may just be my snobbery bubbling to the surface (pun intended) but anything with too much surface-to-air contact let’s all the wonderful heat and aroma (pun unintended) escape too easily and one is soon left with luke warm flavored water. But I digress…
The Chipotle Steak Benedict was everything it was labeled to be, equal part luxury and spice. Perfectly poached eggs, aggressively seasoned steak and a warm, spicy chipotle hollandaise sauce over a toasted ciabatta bun, it was the perfect start. Portion size was on par and a bowl to rival the coffee filled with seasonal fruit that rounded out the plate. A solid entry into my Benedict experience.
Service was standard and expectedly slow with such a large layout and the on slot of the Saturday morning breakfast crowd swooping in just after our arrival. Our coffee was never refreshed and they were a tad slow on clearing the table as we enjoyed the ambiance and refreshing climate. Get here early for breakfast, as this place is a local hot spot with all the dog walkers and near by hoteliers.
As we left the restaurant, we all grabbed some of their baked items; sticky bun, blueberry scone and plum tart. All were solid and worthy grab-and-go pastries for those on the rush.
Date: May 2015