When I visited: March 2016
Location: LA, Santa Monica (within Hotel Casa del Mar)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated in the Guide (the Guide doesn’t cover LA)
What to wear: Could go casual
Ambience: Lively, chilled
Course of the meal: Egg white omelette with kale, mushrooms and tomatoes
If I could change one thing: Bigger lunch / dinner menu
Ah, LA. The home of palm trees, sun, sand, fit people, Hollywood, movies and apparently no restaurants worth reviewing according to the Michelin Guide. Oh well, I’ll just have to step in …
Santa Monica is one of the coolest parts of LA in my humble Owl opinion and Hotel Casa del Mar is one of the best hotels there. The lobby / bar / Terrazza area is huge and airy, with great views by the window of Santa Monica beach, where lots of cool and fit people stroll along shirtless and/or carrying yoga mats.
I had a few meals with my partner Owl in Terrazza, including a few delicious breakfasts where I enjoyed LA’s finest type of meal (ultra-healthy) in the form of egg white omelette with kale, mushrooms and tomatoes. They also do a mean orange juice, fruit selection, ricotta pancakes, and green tea if you like those things. They have a general lunch / dinner menu as well as a breakfast menu, which includes things like shared nigiri or sashimi selections, octopus, pizza fritta (a doughy wonder of a dish) and ‘Les Fleurs’ cocktails. The bar menu is also good with some high-quality Californian selections, especially the Chardonnays.