A new breakfast spot has popped up quietly in Playa Vista, but the reviews are echoing louder. Six weeks after opening doors, it’s carrying a 5-star Yelp rating thanks to their unique fast casual breakfast menu with a bit of Latin American influence, a bit of Asian, and a lot of customization.
Hash comes from the creators of North Hollywood’s Rodini Park, occasionally described as a “Mediterranean Chipotle” concept. So it should be no surprise that build-your-own scramble options take up half the menu, and everything left still prompts you to first announce your choice of protein and cheese.
You’re hardly pointing at trays of eggs or carne asada, here, though. Once the order’s in, everything is handled in the kitchen. In that way, it’s much more like it’e PV neighbor just around the corner, Tocaya, which also sports a choose-your-ingredients-heavy menu but in a more relaxed, sit-down environment.
So sit we did, though we had to act quickly. The eating area at Hash is comprised of eight tables nestled cozily beneath umbrellas in about a 10-foot by 40-foot outdoor walkway. At 10 a.m. on a Sunday, around two thirds had already been claimed. It actually provided a surreal experience when contrasted with the intense quiet around us. After all, of the office park terraces in the neighborhood this could certainly be among the most tucked away, requiring spotting a narrow staircase and some maneuvering around bushes from either direction. In this context, the gentle poppingness of Hash emerges out of nowhere like a dessert oasis.
Anyway, let’s get eating.
For our order, we went with the lauded El Gordo breakfast burrito with turkey sausage and the Chiquitas & Gringos with beef – their take on chilaquiles that I’m hopefully does NOT translate as little girls and white guys. Both were solid, extremely eggy, and the red chili crema gave a nice tang with just the faintest heat. We were split on which we liked better: half of us considered El Gordo to have the better flavor, half considered Chiquitas more flavorful.
Top marks for us, though, being the passion fruit THOTs that we are, were the Banana Passion Pancakes, topped with passion fruit curd. We Rum & Biscuited them even further by adding mixed berry compote, which was of course insane, but not required. The passion fruit curd were the perfect balance of super sweet and tart, the pancakes fluffy and satisfying, but not in a way you’ll hate yourself afterwards. Definitely a must-get.
The Hash opening marks yet another addition to Playa’s commercial corner known as The Campus making a priority of the office workers, offering breakfast and lunch hours exclusively at this point. They follow Big Mango Cafe and short-lived Chicken & Egg in this respect, and the new Blue Bottle Coffee location a block away seems further evidence of the trend. Sadder yet, even beloved newcomer Tocaya – alone in their evening hours – remains without a liquor license.
It all begs the question all my lushes are wondering: when will Campus Center Drive get our drank on?? Sooner, it seems, than we might have thought!
In addition to a planned second location for Rodini Park two doors down, the manager at Hash promised the November opening of a lounge space in between the two that will be offering coffee, beer, and wine from around the world, as well as entertainment and tapas. We’ll keep an eye out, and hopefully it’s a sign of still bigger things coming to Playa!