Wallflower is a new entry into the upscaling of Rose Ave in Venice. The general theme is Indonesian/SE Asian types of dishes. They’ve been open now - I think they’re still in a soft open stage - for about three weeks. They’re open for breakfast service from 7:30-4PM, then dinner service at 5PM, pretty much seven days a week.
We stopped by this AM as an excuse to break away from the usual Westside breakfast haunts. The breakfast menu is brief - two porridges, a couple of cakes and rujak (or rojak). We tried the two porridges, the pandan pound cake and the rujak, along with a brewed coffee and a five-spice capp.
The portions are precious. The porridges and rujak are served in four to five inch semi-shallow bowls/dishes. While not the serving size one would expect at places serving much thinner congee in a more Chinese-context location, the savory chicken porridge and slightly sweet black rice porridge are more substantial in texture and very flavorful - especially the chicken.
I didn’t really pick up on pandan essences in the pound cake, but my wife says she did notice it. The flavors of the rujak were too light for my tastes - I’m used to the pungent earthiness of terasi or belacan and I didn’t pick up on that. This may be intentional as I can see the uninitiated being startled by this flavor component in a fruit salad.
The coffee drinks are first rate for the neighborhood. In fact, so many of the patrons were walk-ins ordering coffee drinks to go.
The dinner menu looks far more adventurous and fulfilling. i hope we can get to Wall Flower for that soon. By the by, the bar is stocked with beer, wine and liquor.