Brunch

ADOBE EL RESTAURANTE (AYCE BRUNCH @ ESTANCIA LA JOLLA)

How much romance does a girl need these days ( the answer is ALOT right). Remember when Carrie dated The Russian and his romantic gestures were just TOO much and she fainted in front of the museum. I like my fair share of romance but I’m not the type of girl that absolutely needs it. I guess I grew up with ‘whatever a guy can buy/do for you, you can buy/do for yourself as well’. So I was really taken aback (in a very good way) when FB recently took me for a surprise staycation at Estancia La Jolla. I was equally surprised to find that Adobe El Restaurante, located on the top floor of their casita style resort, offered two types of an AYCE Sunday Brunch. I considered myself Carrie Bradshaw with the Russian that day (well, except I’m Asian , Fb’s not Russian, and I live for food and not shoes…so yeah… virtually I have nothing in common with Carrie).

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There’s indoor seating but there’s also outdoor patio seating that gives you a nice view of the garden.

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I was happy there wasn’t a wedding or event going on that morning as it was just very peaceful and serene.

BREAKFAST MENU
BREAKFAST MENU

There wasn’t a hostess working the patio so it was confusing on where to sit and who to order from. It was only when I went inside Adobe El Restaurante that I noticed there was an AYCE Buffet station in the back of the restaurant.

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT ADOBE EL RESTAURANTE
SUNDAY BRUNCH AT ADOBE EL RESTAURANTE

The waitress told us to take a seat and that she would explain our options. She said we can either do an $18 AYCE Continental breakfast (cold items only) or $27.50 for the AYCE all-inclusive brunch (omelette station, french toast, etc). As you can see, the buffet area is TINY. We didn’t really think much of the AYCE option at first as it didn’t seem to be worth it. But then we analyzed the regular breakfast menu and realized the items we were going to order started at $18. So I decided to go with the Continental option while FB opted for the all-inclusive option.

MADE TO ORDER OMELETTE STATION
MADE TO ORDER OMELETTE STATION
SCRAMBLED EGGS
SCRAMBLED EGGS
CHILAQUILES
CHILAQUILES
JUICES AND MILK
JUICES AND MILK

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CEREAL
CEREAL
LOX AND BAGEL STATION
LOX AND BAGEL STATION
BANANA BREAM FRENCH TOAST
BANANA BREAM FRENCH TOAST
OATMEAL STATION
OATMEAL STATION
MUFFINS, BAGELS, CROISSANTS, ENGLISH MUFFINS
MUFFINS, BAGELS, CROISSANTS, ENGLISH MUFFINS

So there’s not much and nothing stood out as ‘wow’. But for those whom have gotten to know me via this blog, let me show you what JUST makes any bad day/meal instantly better…

MY PRECIOUS
MY PRECIOUS

I still don’t understand what it is about miniatures that makes me so infant-like giddy.

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As you can tell, I’m kinda on a low carb thing so the Continental AYCE option was going to be tough for me. BUT, I’ll be danged if I don’t manage to eat my $18 dollars worth that morning.

The smoked salmon tasted nice and not overly salty. A few slices were tough to chew but I think that might have been the angle in which a particular piece was sliced.

TOASTED BAGEL
TOASTED BAGEL

Yeah so I’m a bad low carber alright. They only had two bagels to choose from that day and there was a toaster in that station. I didn’t realize it until later but there is a ‘bagel’ button on the toaster so make sure to press that so the bagel gets a better color and toast to it.

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What I do to save on carbs is to scoop out the toasted bagel ‘flesh’ and then stuff the vacancy with cream cheese. Then I top the loaded cream cheese with cucumber, red onion, and salmon. The extra crispy exterior of the bagel (from the extra toasting) was the perfect pocket to hold the soft cream cheese and toppings. It was truly bliss.

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This is FB’s plate and all he wanted to say to everyone about his plate was ‘the eyes eat first ok’. I can’t believe how much stuff he piled onto ONE plate. I think he forgets it’s AYCE and that he doesn’t have to have all his food stacked on top of each another (that’s like far worse than having food touching). He said the chilaquiles were AMAZING and that the chips remained crunchy the entire time. He didn’t like the chicken sausage but instead preferred the regular less-plump breakfast sausage (that’s buried in the pile somewhere).

BREAKFAST CROISSANT SANDWICH
BREAKFAST CROISSANT SANDWICH

He got up to get sandwich when I told him I saw a new tray of this item come out. I believe there’s only scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese inside the croissant. He didn’t say much about this dish and only ate about half of it.

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My second plate consisted pretty much the same as my first. But let me tell you what really blew us both away that day – the FRESH BERRIES.

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They offered blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. I cannot express how I loved these four berries. Each berry tasted plump and sweet and just plain FRESH.

CHOCOLATE MUFFIN
CHOCOLATE MUFFIN

We questioned if the pastries were made in house. The paper wrapping was a nice touch but I personally found the muffin to be dry.

BANANA CREAM FRENCH TOAST
BANANA CREAM FRENCH TOAST

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I know I wasn’t supposed to take a bite of this item (low carb plus I chose the Continental option) but the two bites I had of this special french toast was delicious. The exterior was wonderfully crunchy and tasted almost rich of yummy butter. The interior had a lusciousness from the banana and some sort of cream (perhaps a custard?). FB even thought it was really really good french toast (he only took a few bites as he was more interested in proteins that morning). But I would absolutely recommend this french toast to anyone. I can’t imagine how amazing this breakfast item would be if it was made to order (versus sitting in a chaffing dish).

FRESH FRUIT
FRESH FRUIT

FB is kinda Asian at times because he enjoys having fresh fruit for his ‘dessert’ portion/ending of a meal (whereas I just want straight up right-to-the-gut chocolate desserts). He said the melons tasted great and the watermelon, in particular, tasted like it was grown in Estancia’s backyard (don’t you love it when he gets all Martha Stewart). So there’s absolutely something about the fruit they serve here at Adobe El Restaurante Sunday Brunch that stood out for us.

Service was a bit cold at first but we really loved our server as the meal went on. She was funny and let us have as much time as we needed that morning to just ENJOY brunch. Life gets hectic at times and it’s absolutely amazing when you get a chance to just relax and have a long breakfast with someone you actually want to spend time with.

My few gripes were:

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The raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries were in the bowl you see on the left. The strawberries were on the same tray as the melons you see to the right. There was a period where all the berries were gone and we were told they weren’t sure if the berries would be replenished. That seemed odd as the brunch ends at 11:30a and it was only 10:15a at this point or so? The bowl of berries were eventually re filled but I only noticed after I went in to take a few more pictures for this post. I never saw the strawberries again though.

I noticed that our server had to do all the refills of water and coffee as well as taking away the dirty dishes. There were times when things got a bit ‘cozy’ on our table from dirty dishes but 1) we had a tiny table for two and 2) it was getting busy that morning. But I think, perhaps, there are enough bussers that could help the primary servers clear plates, refill drinks, etc.

So how was the overall experience. FB didn’t think it was worth the price but he also didn’t take advantage of their omelette station. For me, the $18 was worth it because I enjoyed the fruit and the smoked salmon. More importantly though, the experience of having a laid back un-rushed breakfast in a beautiful resort trumped all other factors that morning for me.

ADOBE EL RESTAURANTE @ ESTANCIA LA JOLLA
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-420-9328

Breakfast Buffet: 6:00 am – 11:30 am Saturday & Sunday

 Adobe El Restaurante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

13 thoughts on “ADOBE EL RESTAURANTE (AYCE BRUNCH @ ESTANCIA LA JOLLA)

  1. Wow! I went for free buffet food at Harrah’s last night. 🙂 I like how FB chows down on meat! 🙂 I sampled the meats but mostly was interested in the apple pie, chocolate covered strawberries, and house made gelato. 🙂

    FB did well. Definite keeper. A note to FB. Hotel del Coronado.

    I surprised the GF with a free trip to Hawaii. 🙂

    1. Ohhh I haven’t tried Harrah’s buffet yet! Yeah FB can throw down when it comes to proteins. He recently went to Fogo with co worker and they refused to even touch the beautiful salad bar b/c they JUST wanted ONLY meat. Hard core man.

      I’ve been to Hotel del but never stayed there. I think they have the most expensive brunch buffet right? Last time I checked it was like $90/pp?

      I think surprising a gf with a trip to Hawaii takes the cake of how to be romantic 🙂 Good job!

  2. I’d mostly eat lox and fruit if I did the continental breakfast here. I’m not much of a breakfast person so the price is a bit high to me. Also, I liked a similar looking muffin/wrapping at a Welks Resort time share presentation. We asked and were told they were from a food supplier, not in house. Maybe it’s the same here.

    Looks like a relaxing staycation! Good job FB!

    1. I’m not a huge breakfast person (unless there’s hollandaise sauce smothering everything). You MIGHT enjoy the continental option here if you can eat a ton of lox 🙂 Thanks for the heads up on the muffin though – I wouldn’t be surprised if they used the same vendor as Welks.

      It was a nice staycation so FB did good 🙂

    1. Maybe it’s time for a day visit to Hotel del then. It’s just so fancy schmancy there and the food just seemed so pricey. Thanks for the link to their food!

      I wish you the best of luck with your gf as you deserve it 🙂

  3. Funny you mentioned weddings because we went to 2 weddings at Estancia at the end of last year (one was my sisters). For the first wedding we were there for 2 days as they had a bunch of events and the last day was brunch. We had to pay for this ourselves and I thought it wasn’t really worth it, considering its $27 dollars and doesn’t even include a mimosa or anything – not that anyone wanted mimosas after the wedding night, everyone was looking a little worse for the wear especially the groomsmen haha.

    I do the same thing at buffet’s as FB! I just don’t want to keep standing up so I try to pile everything into one giant plate. Not wanting to stand up more than once to get all you can eat food must be the epitome of gluttony/sloth 🙂

    And the staycation is sooo cute! I love Estancia, my mom used to stay there when she visited us and we were in college because it was close to UCSD. We would pretty much spend all the time in her nice room and use the pool + mineral water jacuzzi. The spa is really great too, my mom bought us massages there and it was definitely the nicest spa experience I’ve ever had. Not really affordable though, but thats not surprising. And in the gym they had these little cold towels they kept in the fridge so they were all icy and refreshing when you used them after a workout. I wanna stick a mini fridge next to the elliptical in our gym to do that…..

    Did you go to the Mexican restaurant that’s a la carte as well? Forget its name. Mustangs something I think. The food there was ok but pricey.

    1. Your sister got married here?!! OMG! Yeah I always chuckle when I see the groomsmen the next day. Boys tend to lose their minds at weddings I’ve noticed. I agree the $27 is pricey considering the limited options. Bellefleur in Carlsbad was our go to bottomless (hold the orange juice) mimosas before they closed down.

      I always envy those that can stay at Estancia ! It’s so fancy but I’m sure it’s worth it since you studied so close by and could use the hotel’s facilities 🙂 We only walked by the spa but didn’t go inside so I’ll have to check it out if I return. Travelzoo had a nice massage deal for Estancia’s spa so make sure to look into that. The gym was empty when we walked by which made me and FB gleam with pride as we looked at our muffin tops that evening.

      I seriously love sloths. My mom got me obsessed with them. I wonder if you and FB look like one after you stuff yourselves silly from an AYCE venue.

      Speaking of which, ahem, he did stop by Mustangs and Burros (I always want to call it Mustangs & Burritos for some reason) and had their $21 nachos (after tax/tip for to go order). He said the nachos were plentiful but mediocre at best 🙁 I looked into their HH but the offerings appear pretty weak so not sure if I’d return just to try out their food after you and FB’s testament to this restaurant. But M&B’s outdoor patio area with fireplace is beautiful.

  4. Seems a bit pricey for a breakfast buffet, but hey, it is La Jolla after all. Ain’t no cheapy buffets in La Jolla! You’d automatically think something was wrong with it. A little staycation getaway sounds really lovely.

    PS – I love mini stuff, too. I kept buying mini pies at 85c Bakery the other day because they were SO CUTE. I mean, they taste good, too, but mostly the cute thing. And eating a whole (mini) pie just is exciting. Even if it’s mini.

    1. Yeah I wish there was a more substantial breakfast buffet somewhere. An affordable one that is. Did you ever try 98th Aerosquadron? Is that even what it’s called. It’s been forever since I visited but my friend loves their Sunday AYCE buffet there.

      Little miniatures rule. I actually had to bust out one of my little cocktail mini last night because friend came over and I didn’t have any other booze in the house. So I was really upset about using that mini. I went to 85c yesterday! I didn’t see those mini pies though! I will look for them next time 🙂

      1. I have been to 94th Aero Squadron (you were only off by 4 haha). It was okay. Haven’t been for the buffet though, just regular food. It was kinda meh from what I remember.

        I was at 85c again yesterday, too! I only saw the walnut pies and egg tarts. They were out of the mini blueberry pies (next time, oh yessss).

        1. Oh hahahah! At least it was only off by 4 and not 19 or something. I might have to research their buffet again and see what’s up. FB and I have been brainstorming about places to eat for Easter brunch.

          I will look for those mini pies next time I’m at 85c as I have no idea what those are 🙂

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