A new Wine Bar in Hollywood…
Time’s change, and thank goodness.
Rose & Vine is the new kid on the block in this particular part of town.
The space used to be occupied Lou’s. A local favorite with a slightly, industrious background.
Now, from what I understand, there wasn’t nothing wrong with Lou’s. It was a fine place. It just looked like a massage parlor from the outside.
At least, that’s what I’ve been told.
Lou’s is gone now, and in it’s place, Rose & Vine is offering up a much nicer, more elegant, and dare I say more friendly environs.
When you come to Rose & Vine, you’re headed to a portion of Hollywood tourists don’t go to. Heck, most Angelenos I know don’t go their either. It’s not like the place is dangerous or anything, it’s just out of the way. It’s Hollywood, just not the part of Hollywood that most tourists (or locals for that matter) think of as Hollywood.
I got a brief chance to talk with the Owner of the place during a lull, and she told me what she was hoping for (and yes, this is good news for Diners). She wants a comfortable space. (Check). She wants Rose & Vine to be a neighborhood joint. (Check).
I’m sitting here at Dinner, and even with no press, no marketing, or social media, people are flooding in here. The word is out and people are discovering this place.
Good. We like that.
The chef is Michael Martinez. And when you eat his food, you are eating the food of someone who’s interned under Anthony Bourdain, Jonathan Waxman, Marcus Samuelson and Michael Voltaggio. Primo chefs, and Chef Martinez has crafted a menu is primo fare that goes great with the wines available.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: First off, some wine, so make sure you talk to the Waitstaff about what goes great with what.
So we stared off with the Whipped Burrata, which is Burrata cheese whipped into a…well, whipped cream like consistency, coupled with roasted market baby beets, chive oil and maldon. The beets didn’t do it for me, but the Whipped Burrata itself was intoxicating. It came with a nice little basket of bread. The only problem was, once the Bread and the Burrata were gone, show was kinda over for me.
And since I always hear the siren call of my lady Pork, I got the Pork Chop, which is a good, good 1 1/4 inch cut of Pork, covered in an Apple Cranberry Brandy Sauce, and accompanied by smokey mashed potato, and in my case that nice some beautifully roasted Brussel Sprouts. this was pretty damn awesome. Right up there with the Pork Chop I had at Granville, but this is much more delicately prepared. Good stuff. Aiming to have it again.
My dining companion got the Braised Short Ribs, which were pretty awesome as well. A beautifully prepared 8 oz. hunk of Short Rib, caramelized onions, Roasted carrots.
Man, this place is just temptation one item to the next.
Still hungry after a long day, we split the Pappardelle with Lamb. It’s your basic Lamb Ragu, Chanterelles, Creme Fraiche and Escarole. Another beautiful dish. Another thing I’d want again.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This place is really easy going, casual and comfortable. It’s everything I personally love in a restaurant. The toughest thing is going to be finding it, physically. Buried, as it is, in the corner of that mini-mall.
I’ve also read complaints that it looks closed, but trust me…it’s open.
Also, as they’re still getting started, they still haven’t gotten the Social Media thing up and running, so no Web presence, though I’m told it’s on the way. (The links are to the Facebook page.)
PARKING: Tough. There are a few spaces at the mini-mall, and I got stupid lucky nabbing one, but the lot fills up fast, as the other businesses also lay claim to the spots. There isn’t a Valet service yet, so past that…I’m thinking neighborhood streets.
Rose & Vine
724 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tel: (323) 962-6369
Monday-Tuesday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm / 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm / 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm