Madera Kitchen in Hollywood, CA
In the heart of Hollywood right off of Vine, I found Madera Kitchen to be a little oasis in the city. Be warned the parking isn’t easy, but there is a valet for $9.
When first walking in, you’ll be entering into the front patio. While being so pretty and relaxing its hard to believe this is nestled into the LA craziness. Perfect on a hot summer night. If it gets chilly, just sit next the outdoor fireplace. The restaurant is well kept and the servers seem to be very kind and knowledgeable about the menu.
I was there as a plus one for a fellow foodie who had been invited by the PR firm that handles Madera Kitchen. We were told both the manager and the owner were in the building and knew we were there, but never once came to check on us. It was a little disappointing to know that if the manager doesn't come out to check on people who will be writing about the restaurant, does he come out to check on the average diner? Our server was amazing and we didn't need the help of a manager, but I had some questions about the restaurant for this blog. I never had them answered.
The menu itself was hit or miss. The ceviche was amaze-balls. The Sausage platter, OK. The duck ragu pappardelle was awesome. The chimichurri steak had a amazing flavor but was on the tough side. The bleu cheese salad, I couldn’t stop eating. The caprese salad was fresh and gorgeous, but took a minute to settle in. This isn't the pesto you might be use to. To me, it was more of a pesto/chimichurri combination. The churro with coffee ice cream was to die for. The happy hour had quite a selection of appetizers for $6 and some great mixed cocktails.
Over all, we had a great evening. You can't beat the ambiance. However due to its location, the menu is on the pricey side. It's so close I’ll be back , but probably only for shared entree or the happy hour menu.
1835 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The food at this restaurant was provided complimentary or at a discounted price, however all opinions are 100% mine. A free meal does not buy a good review.