I came here for a lazy brunch with two of my friends - Grace and Sam. Grace's husband Chris was supposed to join us but since he couldn't, the three of us sat at the communal table. I made sure to order my favorite item on the menu for all of us to share - the french toast. More on that in a bit.
I ordered the duck hash, which comes as a massive potato pancake and topped with a duo of crispy fried eggs. Pickled red onions comes along to provide that acidic counterpoint (which I call the "kimchi" factor). The hash is very browned, almost blackened, while the tender duck meat almost gets lost in the hefty potato hash. When you break apart the egg yolks and meld it all together, you have a sublime brunch dish.
Grace's beet and burrata cheese salad was no slouch, tossed with a light vinaigrette, walnuts, dark greens, and a strong element of parsley to parry the sweet, market-fresh beets. Sam's farro dish, stir-fried with greens and capped with a fried egg, would've seemed like a lame vegetarian replacement. Instead, it was mixed in with Canele's house-made bacon, which was cut into lardon-like chunks and kept undercooked to retain a chewy bite. The dish also comes with a side of spicy sriracha so you can ramp it up a few notches of flavor.
And what can I say about the french toast that hasn't already been said? The thing is a marvel. It's quickly fried and then baked, only to be subsequently basted in the oven like a Thanksgiving day turkey. The thick slices of country bread are imbued with egg to create something resembling a breakfast souffle. The inside is almost luscious and custardy while the crust is caramelized and firm. I prefer to douse it with maple syrup though a seasonal jam like poached prunes and mascarpone is available as an add-on. You'll only have to expect a slight wait because Canele's brunch has already caught on with the locals.
3219 Glendale Blvd.
in Atwater Village
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Brunch is weekends 10:00AM-3:00PM