Sunday, May 22, 2011

Buvare: The Bar at Cliff's

I've always been a fan of the hidden Silver Lake oasis Cliff's Edge for luxurious weekend brunches (you know, the kind that end with wine). Then last year, owner Dana Hollister tried her hand at the downtown speakeasy game and won the hidden category (yet again) with with her far-outlying whiskey lair Villains Tavern.
For her next trick, Dana is starting at the home and shaking things up in the oft-ignored interior dining room at Cliff's Edge (with a patio like that, who would choose to eat inside?). A truck load of reclaimed wood paneling, beaded opium den chandeliers, and some rustic elbow grease later The Bar at Cliff's is born.
Former Seven Grand and Villains barman Dave Whitton is at the helm, offering a deceivingly classic list. But the Devil's in the details - The Margaritas are kissed with cucumber, the Manhattan with yuzu, and the Cosmopolitan with Cabernet and lavender bitters. I was delighted to see the New Orleans' Carousel Bar-born Vieux Carre cocktail present - An intoxicating preparation of Courvosier VS, Rye, Carpano Antica, Benedictine, Peychaud's and Angostura Bitters. To soak up the liquor, Chef Hugues Quintard's menu of bar bites includes various crostini, duck foie gras parfait, smoked trout rillette, moules frites, and of course charcuterie.
The kitchen closes at 10pm, but the bar stays open until 2am.
Finally, some late night class in the 'hood.

3626 W Sunset Blvd. Silver Lake 90026; 323.666.6116
cliffsedgecafe.com

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