Mediterranean dining has gained a foothold in LA. The Asian fusion style that dominated the LA culinary scene for years is taking a back seat to the latest openings around town that focus on seasonality and something other than sushi.
Enter Mezze, the new Mediterranean concept on La Cienega. The mellow dining room is relaxed and laid back while everything happening in the kitchen is meticulous and refined.
Mezze’s concept was developed as a contemporary play on the traditional mezze style of dining consisting of small plates. Mezze, Arabic for “sharing,” will continue this traditional style dining but will offer patrons an innovative take on Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors by using local produce and ingredients and employing both new and traditional techniques.
Taste dishes inspired by the cuisines of Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Morocco and Turkey. Top of the line seasonal produce will be used to make small plates like yellowtail crudo with pinenuts, merguez flatbread with tomato jam or veal manti with almond milk. Chef Micah Wexler, formerly of Craft, is the artist at work behind this market driven menu.
Poached egg shakshouka was one of the most enticing dishes I've come across in a while. A perfectly poached egg sat atop roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and sweetbreads.
Yellowtail crudo was my favorite dish of the night with pinenuts and poached cherries. It was sweet, salty and delicate.
Roasted quail was perfectly tender and came in a consumme that was so flavorful, I wanted a spoon to scoop of more of the delicate broth.
Out of the wood burning oven comes flatbreads with merguez sausage and tomato jam or or baby chicken with zatar and natural jus.
Enjoy the flavors of exotic cocktails designed by mixologist Michael Monrreal. A vodka cocktail with clementine, lemon and lime juice reminded me of the smooth tang of Oragina in the best of ways.
Relish in the old Sona space that will offer indoor and outdoor seating as well as a bar/lounge area. The best seats in the house are first come, first serve and look straight on to the newly constructed kitchen and wood burning oven.
Being one of very few places in Los Angeles that serves food until midnight, it’s sure to be a good time.
Mezze 401 N. La Cienega Blvd. (310) 657-4103