When Lynn Tejada, publicist for the neighborhood bistro Beachwood Café, told me to have a “tastebud blast,” I wasn’t sure what to make of it. After a few bites of the Corn + Orzo Braised in Cream with Smoked Bacon, I got the gist. Let’s just call it macaroni and cheese 2.0.
Located in a tiny hamlet of the Hollywood Hills, Beachwood Canyon’s Beachwood Café opened quietly just about a year ago and is opening loudly March with a grand opening/anniversary party. Everyone is welcome, with free appetizers and drinks from 6-8 p.m. and a $30-prix fixe meal from 8-10 p.m.
Warm and inviting, the newly refurbished space, designed by Barbara Bestor, has a distinct Scandie vibe with bright yellow and blue tiles on the floor, reminiscent of the Swedish flag. During the day, the room feels warm and sunny and in the evening, with the lights dimmed and candles aflame, the mood turns distinctly romantic.
Speaking of which, Beachwood Café makes a perfect Valentine’s staycation. Driving the short mile up the Canyon, I felt worlds away from the city below and yet quite near great venues, like the Hollywood Bowl or the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre, perfect for a Valentine’s pairing.
The food itself, from the heart and soul of Chef Minh Phan, is delicious. Comforting and homey with just the right amount of verve, Beachwood Café had me at homemade pickles. The special of the day, a perfectly cooked Coq au Vin, practically melted in my mouth.
Oh, and leave room for dessert. Beachwood Café’s scrumptious take on a Twix bar will blow your mind. The rich chocolate of the pot de crème, with a layer of salted caramel, comes with homemade shortbread just begging to be combined into a triple threat of goodness.
The Beechwood Café is located at 2695 N. Beachwood Drive in Los Angeles.