Outdoor Paradise In The City
It was a warm evening, and with our friends Jeff and Cecilia visiting from Phoenix, we thought some al fresco dining was in order. It had been quite a few years since we last visited Cliff’s Edge Cafe in Silver Lake, so this seemed like a good opportunity to return.
We arrived about 1/2 hour early for our 7:30 reservations, and the place was already packed. Street parking is nearly impossible, so we wedged our car into their parking lot and hoped the valet could navigate the small space to get back out on to busy Sunset Boulevard and park it in whatever mysterious place they take the customers’ automobiles.
Since we were early, we took at seat at the cool looking bar. Tracy and I each had a spectacular Manhattan served in a retro glass. After finishing off this cocktail, we were quite happy we only brought one bottle of wine (corkage $15).
At 7:30 sharp our table was ready out on Cliff’s Edge very atmospheric patio. Situated on different levels and shaded by a giant Ficus tree, this is exactly what we were looking for. The wine was uncorked, and we were ready to order. The menu is has a lot of what are called “Southern French Fare” dishes. Since we will be traveling to the south of France next year, I thought this might be a good place to get a taste of what to expect.
Tracy ordered a Stuffed Zucchini Blosom with a Tomato Sauce; Goat Cheese, Ricotta & Sundried Tomatoes, served with a Frisee Salad ($12). “I would not recommend them,” Tracy said.
For our main course, Jeff had the Branzino Mediterranean Sea Bass with Yellow & Green Baby Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, in a Grapefruit-Tarragon Vinaigrette ($25), which he said was perfectly prepared. “Great flavor, good consistency, and to boot, deliciously crispy.”
Cecilia said she enjoyed her Moules Frites, PEI Black Mussels, Fresh Tomato, Fennel & Pastis Broth, French Fries ($16), but said that she would have preferred more white wine and garlic and a little less tomatoes.
Tracy liked her Lemon and Green Pea Risotto, with Scallops, Tiger Shrimps, Pecorino ($16) while my Ahi Tuna, with Roasted Cauliflower Puree, Olives, Tomato, Capers, & Basil Compote ($28) was also quite good.
Jeff seemed to like dessert more than the rest of us, but confided it had been a while since sweets had been on his diet. Neither the Panna Cotta a Caramello or the Chocolate Pot de Créme were memorable, according to the other three. A couple of Cappuccinos topped off the evening.
It gets our slight recommendation, but there are so many other restaurants in the area, we probably will not return for a while, unless we are in the mood for brunch on the patio, which is served on weekends starting at 11:00 a.m.
MaiTaiTom Rating Food + Ambiance + Value 3.8 maitais (out of 5)
Cliff’s Edge Cafe
3626 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90026
Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Dinner: Friday and Saturday: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.