LA Living: Koreatown Brunch, EscaLA Review

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This weekend, one of my nearest and dearest LA friends was so sweet enough to take me out to brunch. Like I mentioned in my latest Life Lately post, the past few months have been pretty rough for me. I finally finished my Internal Medicine rotation and my good friend B thoughtfully took me to brunch for a mini celebration *seriously, how sweet is she?!* 

We were deciding between a few places but we ultimately settled on EscaLA which is a Columbian-Korean fusion restaurant in the heart of Koreatown. Overall it was a yummy place to eat and I enjoyed every bite!

B and I opted out of the bottomless mimosas because we had work to do. But 1 carafe between the two of us was enough to get us jamming and dancing in our seat (and occasionally singing along) to the music playing. I’m not sure if he’s there everyday, but the Sunday brunch DJ was so turnt. He played current hits along with old school hip hop and r&b with a mix of a little Latin music too. I was also pleasantly surprised that he threw in a few dancehall mixes, which I love but never hear out in Cali. The only thing is, the music is LOUD. So if you’re trying to have real conversations, this place may not have the best ambience for you.

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So for brunch, I got the Beat Junkies Loco Moco Remix (you can see that above), which was a beef burger patty, fried spam, egg and chorizo sauce on coconut rice. Honestly I got this because I LOVE LOVE LOVE spam. Fried spam and egg is probably one of my favorite breakfasts. I know it’s not every one’s cup of tea but I can never get enough of it and I intentionally don’t buy spam because I will eat it all within a couple of days… that’s how much I like it!

Anyways, my food was pretty good. B ordered Sancocho (a Columbian soup) and it was tasty too. Everything was seasoned very well. I felt like everything I tried had a very smoky flavor to it (kind of like the difference between paprika and smoked paprika) and I’m thinking those are probably some of the Columbian flavors since I’ve never tasted smoky Korean food before. Overall the food was great. The coconut rice was very coconut-y. I don’t think I could have tolerated it alone BUT the sweet rice balanced very well with the savory flavors from the rest of the dish.

 

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The only downside to this place was the lack of a hostess. There seemed to be 1 waitress for the whole restaurant and she seemed a bit frazzled and stressed. Additionally, it’s an open air design but it would be nice if they had airconditiong or at least fans because it was a bit warm. At the end of the day, I love fusion restaurants so I’m glad I tried this one. I love Korean food and I love Latin American food so this fusion restaurant was the best of both worlds for me. I do wish their food was a bit spicier (even their hot sauce wasn’t that spicy) but regardless of that, I will definitely return and I am adding this to my list of fun places to brunch with friends!

 

xo, Trisha

 

EscaLA
Historic Chapman Plaza
3451 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
213 387-1113
http://www.escalaktown.com/

 

P.S. If you have a large group, try making a reservation beforehand. Initially, we had a few hiccups with seating and some people who arrived after us were seated before us. Make sure you put your name on the list to avoid confusion & keep in mind that the outdoor seats and the bar are first come first served if you don’t want to wait!

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