We arrived for an 11:00 a.m. brunch on a Saturday, and were told it would be about 20 minutes before a table would be free. We left a contact phone number and started browsing the nearby shops while we waited for a table to free up. (On a side note, I love when restaurants allow for this option – the glory of multi-tasking!) We were called back to the restaurant within the 20 mins and were seated straight away. The restaurant is vibrant; the walls are brightly painted and showcase dynamic paintings which offers a very eclectic and comfortable feel.
The tables have water pre-served with small lemon pieces so once we were seated we did not have to wait on water, but we sat for at least 10 minutes before the server came to offer us anything to drink. It was my first coffee of the day and that 10 minute wait felt like hours! When it came time to order, I chose the Mushroom and Back Bacon Scramble which is described as “thyme roasted mushrooms with diced back bacon in cream cheese scrambled eggs served with pesto hash browns and hot buttered toast” ($12). My friends ordered a full ($14) and a half-order ($10) of the Huevos Rancheros which includes two Eggs served any style, organic frijoles piquante rojo (Spicy Red Beans) and goat feta cheese, set atop two house made corn tortillas, fresh lime, avocado, and cilantro served with house made salsa and roasted apple” as well as the Basic Breakfast which includes “two free run eggs any style, pesto hash browns, hot-buttered fresh multigrain or sour dough toast” with a side of Lamb Sausage (add $3).
My scrambled eggs were tasty and I enjoyed the pesto potatoes (they’re not what I would call hash browns). It was a nice meal, though nothing really stood out for me. One of the meals was brought with eggs done differently from what had been ordered; it did not take long for the corrected eggs to be brought to the table once the mistake was pointed out. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals, though they echoed my same sentiments about its lack of something special. Being that it was a social gathering, and my girlfriends are not affiliated with this website, I did not get into great depth about their meals. However, being that my husband is a huge fan of lamb, I did ask how my friend enjoyed the lamb sausage; she stated that it was good, though not worth the extra $3 she paid.
It was mentioned by one of my friends that the food isn’t as good as when they first opened. Mo:Le is the type of restaurant with a cult-like following that attracts “friends, foodies, hipsters, families, retirees and everyone in between”. I really like the ambiance and coziness of the restaurant, but found that my meal lacked something special, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. This restaurant always seems to be busy, so they must be doing something right – though not enough to make me want to hurry back.
544 Pandora Avenue