THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER (VENICE) - THB FOODIE REVIEWS - LOS ANGELES
Hi Guys! Today I wanted to do something a little different, and at the same start start a new category of posts on THB: Restaurant reviews. You guys know I love to cook at home (and I actually do every night), but on occasion, I LOVE to eat out, especially for brunch, sea food or dessert.
So I figured, since I spend so much time in LA, I might as well explore the humongous amount of amazing places around the city and review them on here. That way, wether you live in LA and want to discover a new place, or you’re coming to LA for a few days, you get to know which places I loved and check out some pictures of items on the menu before you commit to a place. Fun, right?
Right before I get into it, I have one question: I was going to keep it to the places I really loved and do a round-up of the best places according to me, but I was wondering if you guys would also like to know about the places I’ve been to and only found meh. So, what do you think? Should I only highlight my faves, or do an honest review of all the places I go to, wether it’s positive or not? Please let me know what you guys think in the comment section below!
Alright now, let’s start. I wanted to do my first review about my favourite place for brunch at the moment: The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice, located at 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd. If you haven’t been, Abbot Kinney is a super cute shopping street a few blocks away from the beach. It’s full of one-of-a-kind stores, bigger names like Zadig & Voltaire, coffee shops and restaurants of all kind. I used to spend a lot more time there because I used to shoot a lot of my pictures there, which is usually when I would stop by at The Butcher’s Daughter after a few hours of shooting.
I feel like there are 2 things that make The Butcher’s Daughter a really special place to me: The decor, which I’ll get to in a minute, and the food (obviously!) Let’s start with the food, shall we? The Butcher’s Daughter serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, but since I’ve only been for brunch and breakfast, that’s what I’ll be focusing on here.
The first time I was there, we started with coffee so we could have a little time to study the menu and make the best choice. The waitress also brought us a bottle of mint water, which I love.
I feel like when you go out for brunch, you can pretty much tell how good the food will be as soon as you take one sip of coffee. In this case, the strong, creamy latte I ordered made me feel like the food was gonna be amazing.
And I was right… Although at first I was a bit skeptical, I have to admit. The Butcher’s Daughter is almost exclusively vegan and gluten-free. Although I really don’t mind that and I’m happy to try new things, it was a little disconcerting at first to be having breakfast in an establishment free of bacon or lox for the first time.
My friend and I both decided on the buckwheat pancakes (right below). At first, I wanted to order a basket of 3 baked goods from their bakery, but they didn’t have 2 of the 3 options I had selected… So I opted for the pancakes instead.
The funny thing is, I usually don’t even like pancakes. Blame it on my European-ness, I’m a crepe girl. I feel like pancakes are always weirdly cooked on the inside (since they’re so thick) and it makes them feel soggy. Also, the syrup always gets absorbed super quickly, which only adds to the whole sogginess. Since wet bread is my worst culinary nightmare, I’m sure you can imagine my reaction when biting into a syrup-soaked piece of pancake.
But I figured if I was gonna get out of my comfort zone, I might as well go all out.
So we received two orders of pancakes and a basket of 3 baked goods on the house. That was honestly such a nice gesture from the house… Since they didn’t have the ones I wanted, they brought 3 different ones instead so we could taste them anyway. No one asked for it, and I really wasn’t angry about them not having the ones I wanted (these things happen), but I’m not gonna lie, the gesture was super sweet and really made me appreciated as a customer.
Now let’t talk about the actual pancakes: Delicious! Seriously heavenly. They came with bananas, candied pecans (my fave), coconut crème anglaise (so good) and maple syrup. Like, the real thing, not some weird-ass syrup that tastes like the plague. On a side note, growing up in Canada really made your girl picky about her maple syrup, and I can assure you this was the real deal.
I feel like I also need to mention that this portion was HUGE (and only $12) and I obviously couldn’t finish it. The texture of the actual pancakes was also really well done, and I didn’t encounter any of the weird sogginess I was fearing. I also feel like the buckwheat flour gave it a super intersting texture and a wholesome taste.
I loved the pancakes so much, in fact, that the second time I went to The Butcher’s Daughter, I ordered them again! You should know that for me, that really means a lot, because I usually like to switch things up and order something different when going to the same restaurant twice. I like to taste as many dishes as possible, just to have more of an idea what that place is actually about.
But in this case, when we decided to go to the same restaurant for the second time, the memory of these buckwheat pancakes came back strong, and I just really felt like having them again. Just for the record, they were just as good and satisfying as the first time.
Also, side note for my gluten-free gals, they also have a gluten-free version of these pancakes, the green tea matcha pancakes, which I didn’t taste because I’m not a fan of matcha… But if it’s something you like, I’m sure they’re just amazing as these ones.
My friend felt like a bit of variety, so she ordered the classic avocado toast with a farm egg, which came with lime, cilantro and mustard seeds, on a 9-grain toast. Should you wish to, you can also add adzuki bacon.
Now I didn’t taste the avocado taste, but my friend said it was good and it definitely looked amazing.
On the menu, they also have an avocado toast Benedict, that comes with a poached egg, hollandaise sauce and new potatoes, and that looks really amazing. I feel like next time I go, this is probably what I’m gonna order.
That time, we both had a variation of an iced latte, and although it was pretty decent, I feel like I liked their hot coffee more… But I’m also really picky when it comes to coffee, and I like my iced coffee much stronger than most establishments serve it.
The third time we went, it was really hot and sunny outside, so we decided to sit outside, on their lovely patio. I’ll touch on why I love their patio so much in a minute, but first I feel like I need to touch on what we ate that day, because once more, I was very pleasantly surprised.
My friend and I both ordered açai bowls - what can I say, we love matching orders, ha! I’m personally a very tough crowd when it comes to açai bowls, because there’s a tiny little shop in Manhattan Beach (that’ll most likely be my next review) that I love that makes them, and I feel like every time I try them some place else, it’s always a disappointment.
But as I said, that day was super warm, and I felt like having something cold to cool off a little, so the açai bowl felt like the perfect choice. We also ordered scones, because we felt like we might be hungry with just an açai bowl… But I had to take my scone to go, and I even had a hard time finishing my bowl.
I want to say my scone was lavender flavoured, but it was a while ago, so don’t quote me on that… All I remember is that it was pretty good, although it wasn’t my favourite thing from them. But to be fair, I feel like I have to mention that scones aren’t my favourite thing either, I usually find them kind of dry.
The açai bowls were definitely the star of the show here. SO DELICIOUS. I feel like their açai bowl ticks every box of what constitutes the perfect açai bowl in my book. The base was fruity and fresh, and super thick. Which is super important to me. I hate receiving a droopy, soggy açai bowl that feels like it’s been sitting on the counter for 10 minutes… And this one was FIRM.
The fruits were fresh and gorgeous (also, how huge are these blackberries!?) and the granola, which is arguably what makes or break an açai bowl, was perfection. I usually love a hemp granola for açai bowls, but this one was homemade buckwheat-coconut granola with a rich nutty flavour that exceeded all my expectations.
It was super flavourful, crunchy as hell (once again, soggy granola is gross) and the perfect balance to the flavour coming from the fruits and the açai base. I also feel like I need to mention how The Butcher’s Daughter doesn’t drown their açai bowls in bananas with one sad and lonely raspberry sitting on top, like some other establishments do. Yes, berries are more expensive, and yes, bananas are cheap as hell, I get it. But in this case, I feel like we were served açai bowls that were meant to be delicious and fresh, as opposed to just bring in a great profit margin.
The açai bowls are also $12, which I find reasonable, especially given the quality and the fact that I really didn’t leave hungry, as I mentioned above.
One last thing I want to mention is the decor. I hinted at how cozy and stylish the place is many times by now, but I really want to get into it more, because I feel like no matter how good the food is at a restaurant, if the place doesn’t look welcoming, it’s kind of a downer. I unfortunately didn’t get any shots from inside the restaurant, as it was super busy and crowded both times, but I did manage to capture these 2 shots, that pretty much sum up the boho, artsy, laid back vibe of the place. There’s really no surprise there, as I would also use these 3 words to describe Venice as a neighborhood.
The first picture is the roof of the patio, which is extremely nice, because it’s technically indoor, except there’s no wall on the right, just the sidewalk with a small extension where they put a few tables. Sitting on that patio just feels like you’re sitting on a friend’s super stylish backyard patio, as opposed to feeling like you’re sitting on a busy street. Not gonna lie, since I’ve seen those macramé ceiling fixtures, I kinda want to do something similar over my bed.
The second picture is the first thing you see when you enter the restaurant. You can also see it from behind on the bottom of the first picture, through the glass doors that separate the entrance of the restaurant from the patio area. I’m personally all about macramé and wall hangings, so I loved that massive macramé wall and it really made me feel like at home right away.
On the inside, the vibe is also on point with white painted exposed brick walls, light wood, tie-dye denim cushions, and a huge bar area with lots of copper touches. The tables are an eclectic mix of wooden tops and marble tops, in different sizes and shapes. It basically looks like it was decorated without caring too much, but at the same time like every small detail was analyzed. The overall effect just wants to make you order coffee after coffee and sit there for hours, casually talking about life.
Did you guys ever eat at The Butcher’s Daughter? If you did, definitely let me know what you ate and what you thought of it in the comment section below!
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