Who doesn’t brunch in LA? Better yet, who doesn’t want brunch inside a French countryside-inspired restaurant located in beachy Santa Monica? Jeff Weinstein and Chef Kris Tominaga’s Cadet is casual and cozy, with a charming outdoor patio nestled aback, serving up a mean menu perfect for the LA weekend brunchers. The best part is that a fair amount of their dishes are naturally gluten-free…
To start we shared their Wood Grilled Salmon & Crisp Potato Aalad. A rather ‘hearty’ salad, this dish could serve as a standalone entrée. The potatoes were plentiful and crunchy, the salmon delightfully cooked, topped with a cold, hard-boiled egg that had a semi-soft center. At the bottom of the bowl, the remainder of the potatoes were bathed in the light dill pickled chilli sauce softening the crunchiness.
For entrees we went with the Wood Grilled White Shrimp, which consisted of several jumbo prawns served atop a white corn & hominy base – Cadet’s take on grits. Creamy and a bit on the soupier side opposed to the thick consistency of standard grits, the hominy was laced with bacon and mushrooms. There was also a perfectly poached egg pillow resting on the shrimp that oozed yolk beautifully when broken.
The chef was able to make the Grains & Egg bowl sans farro to make it gluten-free. This entree felt light in comparison, with each ingredient neatly placed aside one another rather than mixed together. We loved the consistency of the rice and crisp quinoa that contrasted in one bite.
Plates at Cadet were filling and large enough to share. If we had more room in our bellies we would’ve definitely sampled their popular Bavette Steak and Eggs. The steak was served during dinner service as well, albeit slightly different. Our next trip will definitely be for some supper to sample the multitude of their gluten-free dishes offered such as the Roasted Delicata and Burrata, Chopped Shrimp and Avocado, and the Oak Smoked Pork Collar!