Without a doubt The Cottage in La Jolla (San Diego) delivers and exceeds expectations. Knowing that American portions are large, my husband and I decided to 'do Brunch'. We arrived at The Cottage with a toddler and baby on a busy morning but the staff were quick to accommodate us. We were shown to a lovely table outside under the shade of the trees and before we knew it a highchair, paper, crayons and a fun toy appeared for our son.
Surrounded by a white picket fence, trees overhead and a gentle breeze, the Cottage had the ideal atmosphere for a late breakfast or peacful lunch.
On my first visit the greatest challenge was deciding on what we wanted from the menu as everything sounded delicious. I decided to go for the Eggs Benedict and my husband the Blueberry Pancakes with a spare plate so our son could share a bit of everything.
This is the part of the review that I would usually include a few photos but the food looked and tasted so good that we devoured it before I remembered to get out my camera. It takes skill to deliver a great poached egg. As I cut into mine the soft yolk oozed out and was offset beautifully by the Canadian bacon. The blueberries in my husband's light and fluffy pancakes were sweet and melting. We also ordered a smoothie packed with fruit and I only just managed to get a photo before my son pounced.
Based on the success of our fabulous brunch we returned a few days later with friends for lunch. Again the service was top notch. The waiter brought the kids' meals immediately and even a bowl of fruit which wasn't on the menu. I had the Capellini Crabcakes, pan seared lump crab with old bay aioli and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. My friends were all impressed with their choices, too.