My longtime fellow-foodie friend, Adrienne Visnic and I decided we'd make a sojourn to Downtown LA for dinner at the restaurant on the ground level of the Ace Hotel.
The vibe of this chic hotel is very young and hip, with hand-doodled sketches of mountains and portraits of celebrities (MJ was my personal fave), and the occasional distressed shag carpet decorating the walls. The restaurant is decked out in collaged art deco tiles, mirrors, golden bistro tables, and trendy waiters.
Adrienne ordered the succulent Five Leaves Dry-Aged Burger, which was lovingly assembled with a slice of pickled beet, pineapple, and topped off with a perfect sunny-side up egg. It was a mouthful to say the least, but it was an amazing curation of flavors for a citrus-y burger with a little extra zest. The spicy harissa mayo added a deliciously delicate hot-kick to the otherwise sweet burger.
I chose the Ora King Salmon à la Plancha, which was two smaller slivers of very rare salmon, quickly pan fried with seasonings over a bed of roasted beet & fennel tzatziki with pecans and cucumbers. It was a smaller, lighter meal that packed a filling flavor punch! But I was definitely tempted by Adrienne's french fries, which were excellent.
We decided to skip dessert, because we were both too full, but we took a trip to the roof terrace where they serve breakfast/brunch as well. They have a spectacular view of downtown LA and the surrounding hills. It's a great spot to catch the sunset. There's a covered bar area sandwiched between a dining area and a jacuzzi pool lounge area.