Beverly Hills/Grove gets a bad rep among Angeleno’s “foodies”, and I believe a lot of it has to do with higher prices, a serious lack of parking and food that doesn’t always feel inspired. I’ve been seeing many posts on The District by Hannah An, a higher-end Vietnamese restaurant, so I decided to pop in for their brunch.
The District by Hannah An
8722 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Restaurant ownership runs in Hannah An’s blood. Hannah, is among one of 5 sisters who run House of AN, a restaurant group with spots all over California. When I entered, through what appeared to be 19th century panel doors, The District felt as if Lisa Vanderpump had opened a Vietnamese restaurant. Hannah An shares a specific eye for elegance with Vanderpump. Not only is the ambiance romantic but it does have a strong colonial Vietnamese influence as well including wood block walls, high ceilings and Eidson lights, which separates it from the other Beverly Hills/Grove spots.
This brunch began with a boozey start. The Guava Rita, Casa Dragones Blanco, Organic Guava Agave, Fresh Lime, Kaffir Lime Leaf Tincture & Kaffir Lime Leaf Salt is tart but fruity. Perfect for a girl’s brunch.
The favorite brunch item on our table was the Soft-Shell Crab Benedict. A fried soft-shell crab is paired with a crispy bao bun topped with a poached egg and lemongrass hollandaise. This also comes with breakfast potatoes, sautèed cherry tomatoes and Thai basil.
Hannah’s Handmade Noodles were my favorite item. Although it’s considered an entrèe rather than brunch item, they’re still available to order. These noodles are actually so fantastic I ordered 2 rounds of them for us. These noodles are topped with homemade panko, greens and a garlic-lime beurre blanc sauce that I could bathe in.
The District by Hannah An is a breath of fresh air for the Beverly Hills/Grove scene. I’m already salivating mulling over my future dinner plans at Hannah An.