The breakfast at Gjelina on Abbot Kinney Boulevard is pricey, but delicious. Their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes might be the best pancakes ever made, and they’re worth both the long drive and the money. In addition to that, the coffee is quite perfect too. But I’m not a coffee drinker? Well, now I am.
It all began when Poul and I was in New York. We visited a lot of kick-ass coffee spots (Poul loves his coffee), and suddenly, I was hooked. I still don’t drink black coffee though. Instead I usually get a latte or a cappuccino, but I’ve skipped the sugar and the caramel syrup.
Trine had a platter with smoked salmon, goat cheese and avocado. It tasted just as good as it looks, and that’s another thing with Gjelina; Everything at that place looks like it’s been made for Instagramming, don’t you think?
At Gjelina they add a mandatory service charge of 20%, which is then distributed among all employees. I’m fine with that, but I don’t get why restaurants in general don’t just pay their employees a decent salary from the very beginning and add those 20% to the menu prices. Some might say that it will take away the incentive for the individual employee to go that extra mile, but personally, I usually tip 20% no matter what. Good service, not-so-good service, 20% is what I tip. As a visitor, of course I’m not the one to start pointing fingers at a system, which many people will tell you works just fine. But it’s hard for me to understand, why skilled employees have to rely on the mood of the customer in order to get the payment they deserve and should be entitled to, no matter what.
PS: The reason why Trine looks a bit grumpy in the photos isn’t the food. She wasn’t feeling very well that day, so she wasn’t too happy about big sister dragging her all the way to Venice to have breakfast.