Mulling over what’s for breakfast? Better prepare for lots of mulling time on your first visit to CiCi’s in Westlake Village.
The remarkable menu of options for breakfast is indeed a wonder, including more than 50 pancake choices, 32 crepes, 25 French toasts and 15 waffles. For a bit later in the day, of course, there are sandwiches, burgers, salads and pastas.
CiCi’s opened in the final days of 2016, following the success of its original location in Tarzana, which began its wide-ranging menu in 2006. The menu not only overflows with innovative preparations, it must have been written by someone with a delightful sense of humor. Each section has an amusing title, starting with Sweet Chow and skipping merrily through the quirky A Touch of Sunshine, A Little More Sunshine and many others until it reaches The Monkey Table, aka dishes for kids.
With hours from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, extending to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, CiCi’s offers its abundant choices during most of the day and the food is easily tasty enough to plan your schedule around it just to get a jolt of good spirits, fine flavors and seemingly endless creativity.
Even the staff seems extra alert. When we were seated at a table for two that began rocking back and forth on the floor we signaled a passing server and asked if he could put something under one of the legs to fix the problem. He quickly went under the table and adjusted the balance by screwing the center of one leg to an appropriate length, no makeshift paper solution needed.
CiCi’s is a new restaurant in Westlake Village.
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Any CiCi’s newcomer is likely to wish he or she lived next door for convenience in sampling. We flipped through the menu for a while before deciding that from that long list of pancakes, including Aloha Pineapple, Cherry Blossom and Apple Roulette among many others, we would order the Corn Island cakes as one of the more unusual ($13.95). It arrived filling a plate with two plump white corn buttermilk pancakes topped with caramelized white corn, coconut and toasted sesame seed. The tender cakes were delicious and moist enough that they didn’t need a lot of CiCi’s good syrup to make them “sing.”
Forget Me Not crepes ($13.95) lived up to their sweet essence with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips and macadamia nuts folded into the crepes with whipped cream. Among the many other crepes options are the Pumpkin Slayer, Chicken Bon Bon and Pino Colada versions.
As a shared “first course” we sampled the Portobello quesadilla ($12.95), true to form with its bounty of mushrooms.
With a menu full of surprises, and very fine service,…