Brunch, revamped, at Sunny Spot and BEP Kitchen Vietnamese pop-up


For those inclined to wake up really late and really hungry on the weekend, Roy Choi has launched a new brunch menu at Sunny Spot, his Caribbean-themed oasis in Venice. The space’s teal hues, gold and crystal décor, gaudy mirrors and floral stools may read dainty, but the West Coast hip-hop, reggae tunes and big portions of spicy brunch eats epitomize Choi. Highlights include banana French toast with whipped rum crème, shrimp and grits with a spicy “diablo” rum sauce, mofongo -- Sunny Spot’s take on the Puerto Rican mashed plantain dish -- served with sunny runny eggs, and a grilled steak sandwich with tangy pickled red onions and thick-cut yucca fries with house-made ketchup. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunny Spot, 822 W Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, (310) 448-8884,

Meanwhile, BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pop-up starts April 21, at Franco on Melrose in Hollywood. Chef Connie Tran will serve her take on Vietnamese home-style brunch dishes. The event takes place every other Sunday. The eight-course prix-fixe brunch will feature dishes such as chao sang, a rice porridge with lardons, poached egg and sage brown butter; bo la lot, grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf, topped with roasted peanuts and served with vermicelli cakes; and tom rang, grilled honey prawns, okra, bird chile, caramelized shallots and northern mint served with jasmine rice. Non-alcoholic drinks include Vietnamese iced coffee, chrysanthemum mint tea and pickled plum soda. One seating at 11:30 a.m.; $37 per person. Email for reservations. Franco on Melrose, 6919 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, go to



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