Momed, the Modern Mediterranean restaurant and cafe on South Beverly Drive, recently added a prix fixe brunch ($14.50) on the weekends that includes a choice of brunch entree and either orange juice or Intelligentsia single origin coffee. The brunch selections are not your standard fare of scrambled eggs or pancakes but variations of what might be found on breakfast tables in Turkey and the Levant.
The most familiar offering may be the Challah French Toast prepared with house-made challah, date syrup, and a fruit salad of sliced bananas, dates and nuts. The fresh challah was light and airy and the date syrup added a rich element to the dish. The fruit provided a refreshing counterpoint.
The other option I particularly recommend is the Shashuka, eggs baked over oven roasted tomatoes, peppers and onions. The dish was served at the table in a skillet and the tomatoes dominated the flavor but that was fine. The dish is seasoned with spiced and is hearty and flavorful without being too heavy.
In addition to the classic Intelligentsia Coffee, Momed makes a mean Turkish Coffee (above) if you want a pick-me-up to begin your morning. And if you want a sweet bite to send you on the road, the baklava (below) is a nice option. Stick with the standard type however, as the butterscotch version was not as good. The classics are classics for a reason.
A tasty way to begin the weekend, no matter what you choose. Best of all if your brunch companions are in a sharing mood you can try them all.
Momed: 233 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Phone: 310.270.4444 | Website: atmomed.com