Inn of the Seventh Ray - Topanga, CA
A couple of weeks ago I co-hosted my little sister's bridal shower brunch at the breathtaking Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga, California. Nestled away in the mountains above Malibu in the quaint woodlands of Topanga Canyon, Inn of the Seventh Ray is considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles. In fact, my cousin got engaged there! Most of the restaurant is located outdoors overlooking a flowing creek. Trees and woods surround the space, and little tables for two are tucked away in private spots all throughout the restaurant. We were there on a Sunday during the day, so this review is based on their buffet brunch and bridal shower service. Not surprisingly, the Inn also hosts a lot of weddings.
The shower was held on the "waterfall patio," a large terrace overlooking the creek topped with a clear tent from which a beautiful old chandelier descends.
|Overlooking the creek|
We opted for the buffet brunch for our shower, because everything sounded so delicious! As the guests arrived, the waiters brought trays of champagne, mimosas and sparkling cider. They also set up a side table with large urns of water and tangerine citrus iced tea, which was excellent.
|My co-host, Valerie, with the iced tea|
After mingling and enjoying some champagne, we were invited to make our way to the buffet, which featured several vegetarian and vegan options as well as classic brunch fare such as eggs benedict, belgian waffles and crab legs. The Inn focuses on organic, seasonal and local ingredients and it shows. Everything was incredibly fresh and delicious. My favorites were the eggs benedict, the king crab legs, the lox and the Israeli couscous salad.
|Bagel with cream cheese, lox and capers|
|King Crab legs|
The buffet offered an endless array of cold salads: couscous, spinach salad, arugula salad, buddha salad (awesome!), endive with walnuts, the list goes on. I really enjoyed the buddha salad, which featured strips of red pepper, zucchini, and carrots tossed in an Asian sesame ginger dressing. I also liked the Israeli couscous salad, which had diced zucchini and squash but was very garlicky.
Of course, there was no shortage of sweets. Belgian waffles were accompanied by creme fraiche, whipped cream, and fresh berries for topping. There was also homemade granola and yogurt, fresh fruit, baked on premises scones, biscuits, and pastries, and English trifle. The Inn does not use any refined sugar or bleached flour and bakes all of its breads on premises. You can really taste how fresh and natural everything was. I can't wait to return next time I'm in L.A.!
|Delicious Belgian waffle with fresh fruit and creme fraiche|
|The beautiful bride, Kristen|
|My mom did the flowers, and used our great grandmother's|
teapot and water pitcher for vases.
"The Perfect Blend" teabag favors handmade by Valerie.
Overall, the Inn did a wonderful job hosting our shower. The champagne was flowing, the service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. The atmosphere is so serene and romantic, you can't help but feel happy and at peace when you spend time there. I highly recommend visiting this hidden gem if you ever get the chance! You may also spot a celebrity or two...
|The bride with family|
|"The Future Mrs. Haas" banner also handmade by Valerie!|
|Pop quiz winner, Cheryl!|
|Congratulations to my little sis!|