Written by Nadia Ibanez
I’m a huge fan of restaurant and hotel makeovers. Whether the space has been completely re-gutted and only the original foundation is intact, or the property has a total menu/service facelift, I always enjoy the before and after story. One such success story is the Sadie Kitchen & Lounge in Hollywood. Located on North Las Palmas Avenue and near the Hollywood city center, Sadie has a new look, menu, and entertainment offerings.
I didn’t know much about Sadie prior to its reincarnation, but I was definitely excited to check out the restaurant’s revamped menu and space. However, after doing some research, I found out that Sadie’s lot was once home to the Les Deux nightclub, THE spot that everyone talked about in my early 20s, as well as a short-lived gastropub.
Tucked away and in between Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., just blocks from Hollywood and Highland Center, Sadie is ideal for having a delicious meal and craft cocktails underneath the sky — and among the city’s in-the-know crowd.
We visited Sadie for dinner on a Friday night and sat outside underneath the stars. The outdoor courtyard was connected to a dimly lit bar, where mixologists were serving traditional and newly imagined cocktails. Spend a few moments inside the vintage, Prohibition-inspired bar or take a seat on the perfectly-lit patio. The general manager, Patrick Doherty, and our server suggested a few different cocktails and we ordered a few throughout the evening.
Our favorites were the Kentucky Ninja, a concoction of Japanese single malt whiskey, bourbon, fresh lemon juice, lavender-infused wild honey, and a spray of bitters; the Oaxacan Through Italy, an aggressive yet refreshing mix of Mezcal, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Cynar, and singed orange peel; Summer Lovin’, with Bombay gin, strawberry melon syrup, Aperol, lemon juice, and soda water; and the Bramble; a fruity mix of Bombay gin, fresh lemon juice, Crème de Mure, and fresh blackberries. If beer is more your speed, Sadie has a number of SoCal brews on tap, along with a wine and bubbly list.
The food menu at Sadie is a perfect combination of American cuisine with international inspirations. Menu items take a nod to the spices and tastes from Morocco, Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and more. If you’re looking for an adventurous approach to the standard comfort food, Sadie Kitchen & Lounge is a definite must-try. With Executive Chef Jonathan Moulton and Mixologist Giovanni Martinez manning the restaurant and lounge, how could you not be in good hands?
We started our meal with a couple of appetizers: the Maine Lobster Hush Puppies and Oysters on the Half Shell. The creamy oysters paired perfectly with the plump and crispy hush puppies drizzled with a lemon crème fraiche. Our server also brought out some house-made buttermilk biscuits with bacon- and coffee-infused butter.
Other notable appetizers that we’ll be checking out the next time we’re in town are the Portabello Fries with a truffle-yuzu koshu aioli; the Roasted Cauliflower with golden raisins, herbs, and tahini sauce; the Charred Thai Curry Lamb Ribs with cucumber, peanuts, herb salad, and house-made green curry; and the Duck Confit Flatbread, with baba ganoush, caramelized onions, smoked mozzarella, pickled onions, and spiced chilies.
Just before we stuffed ourselves with the starters, we ordered Sadie’s Grass-Fed Beef Burger and the Crispy-Skinned New Zealand Tai Snapper. Both dishes had the right amount of texture and balanced tastes. The burger was loaded with a tomato confit, coleslaw, white cheddar, crispy prosciutto, fried egg, and bacon aioli. The snapper sat on a bed of grilled bok choy and aromatic rice, with a hunan chili vinaigrette. The rice is actually formed into a rice cake and crisped in a fryer, adding an extra crunch to the already-crispy fish dish.
Sadie is also known for its Fried Chicken with sweet potato waffles and maple Siracha butter, along with the Mole-Rubbed New York Steak with grilled nopalita salad, Oaxacan cheese, and huitlacoche butter. The restaurant takes pride in sourcing local produce, sustainable and free-range ingredients, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about the menu when you visit.
And if you have it in you, Sadie offers a number of sweet endings to your meal. We tried the Seasonal Berry Upside-Down Cake with peaches and cream ice cream, but we’ll definitely come back to try the restaurant’s specialty: a Warm Butter Cake with braised pineapple and a miso butterscotch.
Everything we tried at Sadie Kitchen & Lounge was delicious. The unique lighting fixtures and DJ set made for the perfect ambiance – and we hear live acoustic and jazz music will also be part of the new entertainment offerings. If you’re in Los Angeles and are seeking a tasty restaurant that will afford a long, leisurely night, definitely drop by Sadie Kitchen & Lounge. It’s an experience all in its own.
For more information, visit http://www.sadiela.com/.