Mulholland Drive, is a great road, and if you have a house on Mulholland then you were somewhat detached from reality as your world was your oasis, your private Shangri- la on top of the world looking down on Los Angeles or the valley . Tucked away on Beverly Glen and Mulholland are some small restaurants that I would frequent they are not only good, they seem so far removed from Los Angeles. The parking lot is littered with BMW’s, Mercedes’s, Porsche’s and the ultimate urban assault vehicles Range Rover’s. You are in nature and you don’t want to leave. Yet Beverly Hills, Westwood, Hollywood, and the Valley are just five minute drive down from Mulholland Drive.
Cafe Belong this week for me had become an oasis during the Toronto Film Festival, away from the madding crowd. Set in the tranquility of splendid nature only minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of the film festival. Yes, one of my friends commented ‘It’s so far”, and came with me twice to the Cafe Belong while realizing it’s not that far at all. I thought, Marlon Brando would like this place. Marlon Brando would have liked the colourful pieces of Le Creuset cookware throughout the restaurant, the wood tables, the Emeco chairs made from recycled pop bottles, and he would have loved the tomato salad, the meat dishes, and oh yes let’s not forget the staple food of comfort for many the french fries which are to die for. Marlon Brando would have gone crazy watching Sean prepare the artichoke sauce let alone tasting it with the duck and a bottle of wine. Most of all Marlon Brando would have liked the intentions of Chef Brad Long, and the farm to table concept which may be new to Toronto but for many of us who have traveled and lived else where in the world this is nothing new at all. It is just common sense, and Marlon Brando would have been the first to applaud the great team of Cafe Belong and Chef Brand Long, as I got in my car and went off to screen Always Brando.