I really never get tired of brunch. Whether it's at a trendy West Hollywood bar-turned-daytime-eatery or lox and bagels at the corner deli, I love taking my time on the weekends and having a huge, filling meal in the middle of the afternoon. And when said meal takes place at a spot close enough to the ocean to get that lovely breeze and sunny weather, I'm definitely in. Currently, that spot is the new Chez Tex, a casual, neighborhood restaurant on the popular Main Street in Venice from Hayley and Jesse “Tex” Feldman. Unlike most of Venice's airy, colorful locales, Chez Tex is modern, minimalistic, and even slightly moody, but only in decor; the atmosphere is upbeat yet laid-back, welcoming guests into a trendy, gallery-like space serving Cali-French cuisine. Their menu has all of your necessary brunch fare, like French Toast and a Brunch Sandwich, with a few lighter options as well, like the very Venice-friendly Grain Bowl. With a small, intimate space, beautiful design, and approachable menu, Chez Tex is the kind of neighborhood brunch option that everyone will enjoy.
Of course, the Kurobuta Pork Hash was necessary, and I'm so glad we got it. It was surprisingly light, with tender, shredded pork, chunky potatoes, some greens, and a poached egg. Great for splitting or a filling option to keep to yourself, it's ideal for those times when you're in need of a good hangover dish.
The Grain Bowl is a light, tasty option for those looking to forgo heavier options like the French Toast or hash. Quinoa and arugula are a nice base, but the creamy avocado adds the necessary (but healthy) fattiness to hold your interest. Pickled onions elegantly finish off the dish, adding some pops of acid to really round it out. Though it's a good option for those who aren't as hungry, it's probably best served as an appetizer to split.
A classic French omelette is always a welcome addition to any brunch, in my opinion, and this one did not disappoint. The omelette is simply prepared, with a dollop of chevre chantilly to add a bit of creaminess and tang.
Another brunch classic, the Avocado Toast was a really nice offering of the now-ubiquitous dish. On thick, toasty bread with pickled onions, a poached egg, and lightly dusted with sea salt, it had some serious chew to it, but the flavors balanced each other really well. It was definitely a really flavorful and tasty bite.
To finish off our brunch, we indulged in their sophisticated cheese plate, with a selection of premium cheeses, perfectly toasted bread, honey, fruit, and nuts. It was a surprising choice for a brunch menu, but a really nice way to end the meal when paired with the Eton Mess, a light, deconstructed dessert with berries, cream, and a bread-y pastry.
All in all, we really enjoyed our brunch at Chez Tex, and I appreciated that the restaurant isn't trying to reinvent the wheel with anything gimmicky or over-the-top, but rather is providing Venice with a good food and a nice place to eat. We'd love to come back for dinner, and could easily come here anytime for a low-key brunch with friends or even a nice, romantic date.