5/31/2013 01:48:00 PM

Palihouse Opening Tomorrow in Santa Monica

The team behind Weho staples Palihouse and Palihotel - which also house two of our favorite restaurants, the Courtyard Brasserie and The Hart & The Hunter - are set to score a triple hit with their first Westside location of Palihouse. Owner Avi Brosh has taken over the old Embassy hotel apartments at California and Third, just a few blocks from the beach, and it's already poised to be a new local favorite once they obtain a liquor license at the end of the summer.

The all-day menu will mirror the Palihouse breakfast and lunch. “We are focusing on classic hotel fare,” says chef Jonathan Peters, better known as J.P., who did time at a few Gordon Ramsey kitchens before joining the Paligroup. While this location will not house a formal dining room, there is a dramatic lobby for all day grazing, featuring green velvet banquettes, cozy leather sofas, stained glass windows and original Malibu tiles, plus an outdoor patio area with a communal table.

And big news: they are bringing back the famed Cobb salad from Brown Derby in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We couldn’t think of better venue to reintroduce this salad to a new generation of LA diners. Research by the chef revealed that instead of using the typical romaine lettuce, the Derby salad mixed in watercress and other herbs into the lettuce. Green goddess or ranch style creamy dressing is typically the norm, but here French red wine vinaigrette will be used to keep with tradition. From bread to bacon, everything is made from scratch, and J.P. is salt-curing pork bellies for eight days and then smoking his own bacon for a few hours to use in the salad. Other items on the menu include omelets, curry chicken salad, turkey club, a house burger and Matzo ball soup. “It's classic hotel comfort food,” says owner Avi Brosh. The comfort stakes are raised with cheesy fries topped with a fried egg; bagel lox and cream cheese, charcuterie and cheese or a plate of housemade cookies and a banana split.


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