DTLA: Brunch at Mas Malo

A Mimosa with pineapple... Pina-osa?

When Mas Malo opened earlier this year, it became an instant hit with the DTLA crowd. With a beautiful restaurant serving Mexican-American food from an Eastside perspective, many go to Mas Malo for bites before or after an evening out at local bars.

still love the beautiful ceiling at Mas Malo

I have gone to Mas Malo for lunch and it’s often easier to get a table than in the evening. Although they don’t have a happy hour per se, their Ceviche Hour is a clear winner with folks lining the bar to get a taste of fresh ceviche served with a good beer. And starting in June, DTLA residents get 15% off Sunday through Wednesday (just show your ID).

chili dusted fruit

I was happy to accept an invitation to try out brunch at Mas Malo. I remember my brunch at Malo quite fondly. I found the brunch menu at Mas Malo to be heartier and perhaps much more my speed. I like to have a good breakfast to start my day. And of course a good cocktail wasn’t unwelcome. I wanted a mimosa and the restaurant surprised me with a pineapple version with a chunk of pineapple in the flute. I’m calling it the pina-osa.

shrimp and bacon tacos

I decided to get a couple of tacos; shrimp and bacon as well as the lobster tacos first. I loved the shrimp and bacon. It was the perfect combination of the sea, bacon and crunchy taco shell.

Del Mar Breakfast Burrito

interior of the Del Mar Breakfast Burrito

I’m glad I got my seafood fix in early. I was so jealous of Jennie’s breakfast burrito! Jennie from the Happy Hour Tour reviews Mas Malo here.

pozole with poached egg

When I visited Mas Malo’s Tequila Vault, bar manager Fred Warner, mentioned how much he loved the pozole with egg. I knew this was the dish I had to order at brunch.

This dish was a surprise. It came in a cast iron dish with the tortillas nearly hidden under a mound of shredded chicken, poached egg and sauce. It was a bit like a deconstructed enchilada.

Brunch is served at Mas Malo on both Saturdays and Sundays. It would be a great place to go in Downtown if you’re looking for a brunch with flair. I recommend anything seafood!

Mas Malo bar

Mas Malo

515 W 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 – (213) 985-4332