BBE Editor's Pick
6101 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles (Hollywood)
Xiomara, a restaurant where pork belly and duck confit are served against a backdrop of a giant mirrored bar sign reading “La Casa del Mojito,” has struck the perfect balance between upscale dining and unpretentious digs. The sexy main space and cool upstairs loft has a new executive chef, too— Michael Reed—who has turned the Nuevo Latino cuisine of Cuban-born owner Xiomara Ardolina into his own classic Californian menu of local ingredients—all to great critical acclaim. Hence, beer-battered tiger prawns pick up some flair from jalapeño and aioli, while a black-bean croqueta spices up a dish of pepper-crusted salmon. And if mojitos aren’t your thing, the wine list has some well-priced bottles from vineyards throughout the world.
Crispy pork belly with roasted Jerusalem artichoke
Beer-battered tiger prawns with jalapeño and garlic aioli
Hanger steak with arugula fennel salad
Chocolate bread pudding soufflé with vanilla praline coffee sauce
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Scared of missing the game? Sit at the bar and dine while watching on the flat screen. Looking for something more intimate? The second floor loft is cozy and elegant.
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The secret to great mojitos? Fresh cane juice, which is here made in a big beautiful cane press that sits regally on the bar.
lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30 AM–3 PM
dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 5 PM–10 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–12 midnight
$19 (seared salmon) to $21 (braised veal cheeks)