Neil’s Cuisine: Hash

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Located in the trendy neighborhood of Playa Vista, Hash recently opened minutes away from parks, schools, malls, condos, apartments and movie theaters, between two office buildings next to a parking structure. Parking is also available on the street next to the office buildings.

Some of the menu items are misleading, especially the drink menu. Most of the drinks on the menu are outsourced to bottles, cans and cardboard drinks located in the open fridge near the register, not as homemade specialties like I had assumed. I was surprised when I reminded the waitress about the orange juice I ordered and she returned with a Naked juice.

After you order inside, you are directed to choose a table outside in the courtyard. The staff does not tell you until you have been in your seat for some time that you must retrieve utensils, napkins and condiments from a table located toward the building. Waiting for a table to open up does not take long.

The menu contains a combination of sit-down meals like pancakes and breakfast combos as well as on-the-go snacks such as the yogurt trifle and açai bowl. The breakfast combo, priced at $10, is a conglomeration of cheap bacon, eggs, stale bread and cheap tater tots. The hash browns tasted as if they were bought at the grocery store down the street. The scrambled eggs had the same consistency as cheap powdered eggs mix.

The highlight of the meal was pineapple upside-down pancakes that come with caramelized pineapple and salted caramel sauce. The combination of caramel and syrup blends well with the taste of the pineapples. As you cut into the pancakes, you are met with more caramelized pineapples which came as a welcoming surprise because the pineapple topping was lacking. Priced at $11, the pineapple upside-down pancakes are a good value.

Hash provides a low key and understated breakfast experience, but sometimes misleading menus and cheap ingredients bring down the experience to an ordinary cheap meal similar to that of a McDonald’s.

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