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On the second floor of a building full of antique stores is this casual restaurant/bar that just happens to also be a gallery.
The concept is a good one, and the former Cyrano space has been updated accordingly: The walls and decor are filled with deep hues of midnight blues and dark grays, and floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the Hollywood Hills. The view is almost as picturesqe as the paintings on the walls, which change every couple of months. And since the patio is set above the heavy traffic down below, it's easily one of the best in the neighborhood.
Created by LA newcomer chef Gilbert Castellon, the small but varied menu combines fresh, local ingredients, his Northern California training and experience with Hawaiian and Latino cuisines. Instead of bread, the first thing to the table is a basket of crisp, homemade potato, taro and plantain chips. Appetizers like the ahi tuna poke "martini" (chunks of soy-marinated ahi in a fancy glass) and the duck confit quesadilla with roasted pablanos are as inspired as the art. Other dishes include prawns and scallops in a light, creamy garlic sauce layered over tender sheets of homemade pasta (the "open-face" ravioli) and a flavorful grilled ribeye with bright green chimichurri. All sauces and condiments, and even the pickles that come with every sandwich, are made in-house. At least you won't be starving like the up-and-coming artists featured.
Tip: The restaurant is on the second floor of a building full of antique shops. Look for the awning that says Antiquarius and go up the stairs.