LOS ANGELES | The website SEO tagline for Sqirl says it all in a sentence. “Hip cafe features global-inspired breakfast and lunch fare with housemade jams in a minimalist space.” When the cafe opened in 2012 there were lines of people wanting to get a taste of owner/chef Jessica Koslow’s creative, on trend, Instagrammable brunches and delicious house made jams. If Sqirl were all hype, the lines would be gone and the place would be closed but, almost eight years on, the lines are still there.
Coffee is fantastic, as are the many non-caffeine options on the menu. There’s Ippodo matcha from Japan, freshly squeezed juices, vanilla bean lemonade, turmeric tonics and more. If you came here every day and ordered a different drink each time, it’d take you a good two months to work your way through the list.
For food, its bowls, porridge, sandwiches, salads and pastries that make up most of the menu, and of course the famous rotating selection of jams, which you can take home in jars if you like. First timers must try the famous inch-thick slice of brioche toast topped ricotta and your choice of jam. It lives up to they hype. Even the avocado toast, topped with za’tar, spicy pickled carrots, and garlic crème fraîche, is a cut above the rest.
Another highlight is the sorrel pesto rice bowl. Kokuho Rose brown rice, sorrel pesto (nut free), preserved meyer lemon, lacto-fermented hot sauce, watermelon radish, french sheep feta, and a poached egg. Go for the optional bacon, kale and avocado.
We could spend a whole lot more time listing highlight dishes and delicious ingredients here, but there’s a reason that Squil still has lines after eight years, and it’s about a lot more than hype. This place is consistently good, and there aren’t any duds on the menu. Come, wait, enjoy, and leave very satisfied.
720 Virgil Avenue
Telephone: 323 284 8147
E-mail: [email protected]
Mon – Fri: 6:30pm to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm