Every weekend, I see people lingering on the sidewalks of Santa Monica, patiently waiting to snag a table at a mediocre brunch spot. People will wait an hour to munch on muffins and egg dishes that the average home cook could replicate with far better results. After finishing a lovely brunch recently at Vu Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, I vowed to never join the crowds at one of these middling Santa Monica brunch spots again. Why settle for just adequate when you can enjoy a meal from a chef-driven restaurant with wonderful views for about the same price?
On the most beautiful Saturday in recent memory, I headed a few miles south to meet up with some fellow writers. The occasion was “National Eggs Benedict Day” and the mission was to try Executive Chef Kyle Schutte’s Kona Benedict, but that proved to be more of an excuse to enjoy a leisurely brunch, soak in the beautiful view, and savor the wonderful conversation.
Let me start by saying that the view did not disappoint. You won’t find an atmosphere like this at your go-to Santa Monica brunch spot. The indoor-outdoor restaurant is located right on the beach, the kind of place that encourages you to gaze off and lose yourself in thought. After ordering our first round of cocktails and snacking on some wonderful biscuits and assorted breads, I reflected on the previous week’s challenges. I let the sun rays evaporate the stress I had accumulated in the previous week (perhaps a bit too much, since I was sporting a mild sunburn by the end of the day. Note to self: get less pale before the summer comes full force).
Normally if I plan on writing about a meal, you’ll see me scribbling away on my reporter’s notepad, documenting my thoughts on every aspect of each dish. But that just doesn’t feel right at brunch at Vu. Don’t get me wrong, the food is good; quite good in fact. But on a gorgeous day with a lovely group of people, the food is just one component of a successful outing. I decided to just soak in my surroundings, trade stories with my dining companions, and snap some pictures (please excuse the shadows) of the dishes and surprisingly well-executed cocktails. I’m looking forward to returning to Vu, either to check out the happy hour, the appetizing dinner menu, or another brunch on a stunning day. And if I was in town this weekend, my mother would be enjoying the Vu Easter Brunch with me.
All dishes were comped.
4175 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292