I was in LA a month ago visiting a friend who packed up her life two years ago and moved from Johannesburg to the US. She now lives in West Hollywood, so while she was at work I decided to take a walk around and find a coffice. Walking down Melrose I stumbled across The Hart and The Hunter in the Palihotel. I was in LA for two and a half days and had a breakfast and a brunch at The Hart and The Hunter, that’s how much I enjoyed it.
The PaliHotel a boutique hotel on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, has an air of vintage and dare I say hispter cool. To get to The Hart and The Hunter you have to walk through the Pali hotel reception that has a gorgeous leather couch flanked by vintage books.
On the Friday I had lots of work to do so I ordered at the counter, got onto the wifi, stationed myself and my ipad in a corner with a cappuccino to get down to work, yes deadline was looming. I spent the morning, they open early at 7am, sending off emails and watching guests walk in and out, doing my fair share of eavesdropping. It is the meeting place of many artists, creatives and TV people, based on the few conversations I listened in on. I also spotted John Mayer sitting two tables away, I was real cool and calm, if I do say so myself and I do say so myself.
Coffice at The Hart and The Hunter
Once I had sent my emails off it was brunch time and on the menu I saw a description that included chicken crackling. Now if you know me you know I love crackling, the salty, crispy, crunchy combination is just my thing But Chicken!!! Hold the phone!
The Chicken Cracklin, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato , Aioli, Bacon Vinaigrette and Fried Egg is a take on a BLT. Instead of the crispy bacon The Hart and The Hunter give you crispy chicken skin and a tangy bacon vinaigrette that has bacon lardons in it.
This sandwich is perfect as a hangover cure! It has crispy cracklin, tangy vinaigrette with smoky bacon lardons, a soft rich sunnyside up egg on fresh avocado slices and sun ripened tomato.
Definitely worth popping in when you’re next in West Hollywood for a cortado and a chicken cracklin sammich!