2518 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Sun, 08/30/2015, 11:00am walk-in
It was 11:00 am on a Sunday morning and I was dying for some food. A late night of cooking a French/Italian-themed dinner party had me craving for something delicious and staying within the realms of something French. Cadet is one of those restaurants that seemed to offer what I was looking for. I drove by the restaurant multiple times and always wondered what it was like and here was my opportunity to seize it.
Cadet seems to be a casual, yet trendy restaurant in Santa Monica. Exposed brick acts as a decor on the wall and if you look closely enough, there are remnants of elephant wallpaper acting as crown molding. The back patio is fairly spacious, romantic and can get you sweating on a hot summer day.
Kris Tominaga who had stints at the Hart and the Hunter is hired as chef for the restaurant. The biscuits at the Hart and the Hunter are probably one of the best in town, but essentially the Cadet biscuits fall short of being a 'major.' I guess when you have a taste of something already pretty darn good, it's hard to not compare the two, especially if the chef comes from the same restaurant.
As I'm sitting and waiting for my food, behind is the loudest group of people on the planet. I had to nearly shout to get my conversation across to my friend. All the way at the end of the bar, I could hear the conversation going on with their party. Either the people who dine at this restaurant are really loud or the place just echoes of voices.
|Another section of the interior
|The menu and silverware
|FOUR BARREL COFFEE ($3.50): A nice, strong coffee to start the morning.
|The interior of the biscuit with all the trimmings
Overall, Cadet is a decent place to get some brunch on the Westside if you're looking for a place that isn't overwhelming with brunch options. The menu is simple and pretty straight forward. I wouldn't say the restaurant is French per se, but I would say they at least attempt to do so. Trendy...yes! Decor...pretty darn cute! The food...it'll do.
Notable dishes: Cream Biscuits