Eye Nosh: Scottish Eggs at Madame Matisse
Madame Matisse is a perfect spot for a late breakfast. The inside may be cramped, and the al fresco dining a little close to traffic. (Note to restaurant manager: consider tenting the outside like Millie's has done). Still, the delicious breakfasts are worth it and you get used to the honking trucks pretty fast when a big plate is set down in front of you.
They are known for their french toast with orange syrup and the "chef's revenge", a scramble of eggs, salsa, corned beef hash and every breakfast meat on hand. But it is the Scottish eggs that are really eye-catching. Perfectly poached eggs rest on a bed of thinly sliced salmon ingeniously set on a potato pancake instead of a boring old English muffin. The hollandaise is poured with a light hand, studded with capers, and a light sprinkling of chives. Rosemary potatoes and a side dish of fruit at the peak of ripeness complement the eggs. Service is friendly and cheerful, a nice start to a weekend day.