DTLA: Brunch at Manuela
I checked out Manuela for brunch, er, lunch, the other day. It’s lunch when there’s no booze. But Manuela feels like a brunch spot even without the alcohol. It’s so pretty and idyllic looking. It’s inside the Hauser Wirth and Schimmel arts complex. Artwork is everywhere and there’s a garden and chicken coop. I also enjoyed browsing through the bookshop and peeking through the galleries.
We sat on the “patio” (you’re still indoors) and I wouldn’t mind trying the bar next time.
The two of us had a couple of entrees and shared a veggie. We debated an appetizer but I wanted to try one of the vegetables. Although the biscuits and ham situation sounded great.
Manuela is probably best known for their deer burger and I felt I should try it but I wasn’t in the mood for venison that day. Instead we got the pulled pork mulitas which are sort like mini quesadillas.
We also had the chilaquiles. While I liked both, I felt a bit hungry still. Perhaps I needed that deer burger (and protein).
We really liked the Brussels sprouts that had been laced with cider. Since I cook with enormous amounts of vinegar, I loved this prep. It reminds me of my own cooking.
Manuela gets very busy so I do suggest reservations. We lucked out and beat the rush but there’s plenty to look at if you have to wait a bit for a table.(323) 849-0480 © The Minty 2016