Most people love the taste of Crème brûlée, that rich custard-y base which is the foundation for a hard caramel roof. Usually served right at room temperature, the traditional version is vanilla-flavored. Of course, one can go wild with any number of different tastes. But where can you get the best of some burnt cream, which others call it Trinity Cream, in Los Angeles? Below are some suggestions.
Crepes Sans Frontieres
541 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Located in historic downtown Los Angeles, Crepes Sans Frontieres (which translated means “crepes without borders”) is an eatery focused upon French culinary delights. Of course, as the name suggests, the specialty is crepes. These are 100 percent organic buckwheat crepes, which are also gluten-free. Creme Brulee is a French dish, which means Crepes Sans Frontieres makes this dessert so good it borders on the sinful.
700 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
This eatery creates its Creme Brulee with Tahitian vanilla bean custard brulee and serves it with seasonal berries. Although many prefer the more traditional caramel topping, more adventurous eaters might dig the fruit-custard mix. It’s, uh, berry good. Located on South Grand in Los Angeles, this restaurant offers a large variety of sweet stuff.
A Food Affair
1515 S Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
A Food Affair could easily be called a family affair. This eatery is truly family-run. Although it’s in a fancy part of SoCal — Beverly Hills, to be exact — the Creme Brulee is purely traditional. Oh, and the main chef, Christian Royere, is originally from France, so of course he knows how to make one of the best creme brulees in town.
610 S. Serrano Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Cafe Concerto makes its creme brulee with the traditional Tahitian vailla bean creme. The topping is an-glaise with caramelized sugar. Come by on a weekend night or after work and enjoy some of this decadent dessert with a cup of joe from their coffee bar. This is also a family-owned restaurant and a full service Italian restaurant. However, it’s actually located in Koreatown.
Il Capriccio on Vermont
1757 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
If you’re looking for the “real deal” Italian eatery, this is the place. They state on their website FAQ: “Mom and Pop arrived here off the boat from Naples in 1960. That’s also where Ermanno and Tiziana were born. Gianni was born just down the street from the restaurant on Vermont Avenue. To say we are Italian is an understatement.” Yep, no doubt about it. So these folks put a little Italian in their French dessert. Pair your creme brulee with one of their Italian wines, an extensive list that will keep you coming back to try different combinations.
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