Inside the revamped historic 1926 Mayfair Hotel in the emerging Westlake neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles, find an indulgent brunch at LOCALA Kitchen + Bar. Pass the stunning grandiose light-filtering foyer with original 1926 columns and bravado art from well-known street artists to enter LOCALA.
This mid-century mod restaurant comes with reasonable prices, more than most brunch spots in LA. Helmed by Wolfgang Puck protégé Chef Karo Patpatyan who spent more than a decade at the famed Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, the vibrant comfort food menu draws upon the chef’s background as the child of Armenian immigrants growing up – and dining out nearly every night – in Los Angeles.
When in Downtown LA, consider a long drawn out brunch with LOCALA’s lengthy menu filled with hearty creative dishes. LOCALA’S interiors, formerly Eve DTLA, will serve as an extension of the Regime Contemporary Art Gallery, which is located on the second floor of the hotel, and will feature a monthly rotation of art by local artists.
Soon, this spot may have rooftop pool food service, but for now, the menu here WOWs with options like Stuffed French Toast with Nutella and strawberry jam on Challah bread with crispy truffle Parmesan tater tots – a perfect dish to share to start your munching Sunday Funday.
First, the iced coffee latte is divine. It must come from next door, the hotel’s coffee cult FAIRGROUNDS cafe known for its rich collection of artisanal coffees and specialty teas served alongside kombuchas and whipped-to-order matcha drinks.
Handcrafted cocktails should be ordered next, of course, to prolong getting serious about life. Try the Sweet Child of Mine with Bacardi rum, pineapple, and coconut or fight fire with fire with Jameson stout whiskey, honey, ginger, and lemon – the Eddy Mars!
Order the Ultimate Breakfast Burrito, prepared with a crispy cheese crust (Oh.M.G) and donned with a Poblano pepper. The Chicken Biscuit Sando with fried egg and buttermilk fried chicken is smeared with rosemary honey butter and cheese fondue. Not your average hangover cure.
The drool worthy brunch items go on and on, such as Pecan Maple Cinnamon Roll, Red Velvet Pancakes, Nutella Crepes with banana and berries, Katsu Chicken Salad, Chimichurri Steak and Eggs, Shakshuka with Armenian sausage, poached eggs, and grilled pita, Smoked Salmon and Crispy Latkes, and Oxtail Mole Chilaquiles with braised oxtail.
Build your own Benedict is the best idea. Pick your bread, middle, and topping. Get creative with beef short rib, apple smoked bacon, or smoked salmon and top your DIY Benedict with your choice of sauce – from gruyere fondue (yes, please!) to bearnaise to typical hollandaise.
Come back for dinner for more dishes showcasing the rich cultural makeup of Los Angeles. Highlights include L.A. street corn covered in cotija cheese, chipotle power and chives; Spanish octopus aguachile with young coconut, avocado, cucumber, red onion lime yuzu broth and sumac; Kobe street dog wrapped in bacon and topped with Gruyere cheese served in a mustard seed bun; grilled ribeye with Argentinean chimichurri, arugula salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette; grilled Carpentaria prawns with white corn salad and salsa macha; and a pork belly bahn mi braised in Vietnamese caramel and topped with cucumbers, pickled carrots and onions on black sesame bread.
Vegan menu options include cannellini bean falafels with labneh, cucumber, dill and pickled vegetables; and soba noodles with cucumbers, avocado, bell pepper, jalapeño, edamame, red radish, seaweed salad and roasted peanuts.
“The menu at LOCALA reflects the generous, inclusive spirit of the city in which I grew up,” said Chef Patpatyan. “Whether it’s an iconic fine dining dish or one from my favorite street vendor, it truly captures the essence of our multi-layered and dynamic communities, which The Mayfair Hotel has been a part of for nearly a century.”
LOCALA’s decadent dessert menu features a Mexican chocolate churro with horchata anglaise and salted caramel; warm sea salt chocolate chip cookies with Carmelita chocolate and Scotch vanilla ice cream; and spiced apple cobbler crumble with toasted oats, butterscotch cream, and Granny Smith apples.
As the city grows, moves, changes, and expands, so will the area surrounding the Mayfair Hotel. Come now to witness the revitalized Mayfair Hotel and LOCALA’s convergence of art, music, and culture topped with extremely satisfying food – for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Valet parking is free when you dine at LOCALA.
1256 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017