There has been a significant increase in new Santa Monica eateries, making it difficult for even the most assiduous foodie to keep track of them all. The Daily Press, fortunately, has compiled a list of all the new culinary hotspots. This is part two; to view part one, click here: Consult the Nov. 2 issue for Southeast Asian street food, churros, and mocktails.
Cafe Pink Daisy
Blue Daisy devotees who have grown tired of the long lines that plague the cafe during brunch will be pleased to learn they now have a new waffle source. Pink Daisy is Blue Daisy’s younger sister and serves coffee, boba, waffles, pastries, and snacks.
The new space places a strong emphasis on cuteness, which is unsurprisingly decorated almost entirely in pink. The cone-shaped bubble waffles are ideal for stuffing with a variety of delectable toppings such as nutella, ice cream, fruit, and whipped cream. Boba is a house speciality and is available in matcha, milk tea, and creamy espresso flavours. Additionally, there is a selection of sandwiches for those in the mood for something more savoury, as well as superfood lattes for the health conscious.
Pink Daisy Cafe is located at 321 Santa Monica Blvd. and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The newly renovated Viceroy Hotel features a brand new restaurant that is ideal for poolside lounging. Sugar Palm is an indoor-outdoor restaurant specialising in coastal California cuisine. An indoor dining room, an outdoor patio, a wraparound bar, poolside lounge seating, and a dining cabana are all available for seating. Chef Jason Francisco created the menu, which focuses on fresh seafood sourced primarily from Fish King in Glendale.
Peruvian scallops prepared ceviche style, charred Spanish octopus, Jidori roasted chicken, and hanger steak are among the highlights. The restaurant may also claim Santa Monica’s earliest opening time with its aptly named Sunrise Menu, which begins serving dishes such as duck confit chilaquiles at 6:30 a.m. The restaurant also features a custom cocktail menu with creations such as the SaMo Sunset, which is meant to be reminiscent of the local coastal sky at nightfall and includes rye whiskey, pomegranate liquor, cherry liqueur and bitters.
Sugar Palm is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for brunch and from 3 to 10 p.m. for dinner. It is located at 1819 Ocean Ave. within the Viceroy Santa Monica.