3413 Cahuenga Blvd. West
Cross Street: Universal City Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90068 Contact (323) 882-6965 Extra Info Hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-1am
Fri-Sat 5:30pm-2am Map and Direction Click
This mid-century modern space is like an
abstract peacock that has spread its graceful wings; stark-white
leather banquettes fan out against turquoise and chocolate-brown
walls. A mirrored ceiling section with spherical lamps, circular
cutouts and oversized oil paintings of maudlin women add quirky
appeal. Fun-loving waiters occasionally hand out tambourines and
maracas to adventurous diners to keep rhythm with the funky electronica
soundtrack. The back room is lined with soothing forest-scene wallpaper
for a more intimate experience.
An international hodgepodge of small plates radiate spicy flavors.
Bread isn't complimentary, but warm yucca-flour biscuits are worth
the money. Piquant barbecued shrimp cups are complemented by grilled
cactus and zesty avocado relish. Comparably mild chicken pibil is
steam-roasted in banana leaves, and the tender venison filet cutlets
are sweetened with a port and cranberry reduction. For dessert,
the homemade guava and mascarpone cheesecake is rich and smooth.