Chris G’s Best Yelp Reviews: The Flowering Tree – 4/5 Stars

The Flowering Tree – CLOSED
$$ American (New), Breakfast & Brunch
8253 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Some dislikes but my god the food is good…

First, so many reviews here say “there are so many vegan options” but don’t even go further to describe them. No there are not so many vegan options here. But there are a few, albeit delicious, options that can be modified to be made vegan. I am going to submit a request to the Yelp mod bots to remove “vegetarian” from the categories because the bulk majority of the food items come with chicken, turkey or fish. It confused me to say the least. It is as much of a stretch to label this place vegetarian as it would be calling Urth Caffe a vegetarian place, but all can be forgiven now that I am in the know…

I ordered the Tofu Scramble that comes with three Eggs “Without Eggs” on the dropdown menu on Eat24. When I arrived, there was a handsome guy in front with glasses who saw that the cook didn’t read the instructions and made this thing with eggs. They almost had a tiny argument about it. Front: “It says to make it without eggs.” Cook: “Yeah I made it with eggs!” Hence, if modifying any of the food here from Eat24, it may help to write no eggs in Spanish so the cooks understand better. Lo escribe en Español: “SIN HUEVOS.” It took about ten minutes to correct the mistake and I appreciated that the remake wasn’t rushed. It was nice to hang out here for a bit as the atmosphere is nice, very quiet and casual.

The Tofu Scramble without Eggs is prepared more like what I would call a Veggie Tofu Stir-fry with brown rice. Although I was hoping for proper tofu scramble, their tofu stir-fry is one of the best I’ve had in a while. And probably the best in Los Angeles. It’s light, the brown rice is incredibly delicious and the vegetables (sauteed spinach and broccoli) were phenomenal. The portion was definitely not skimpy and it came with toast. Actually, the toast was probably my least favorite. They took the time to prepare such good organic food and serve it with prepackaged sliced bread and also with Smuckers Jam (is far from being organic and is made with high fructose corn syrup) and non-vegan butter packets. It’s a bit of a poor touch for an otherwise exquisite meal.

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