Hip Restaurant And Bar 1212 Santa Monica
After coming here for Happy Hour on multiple occasions I decided it was time to try their dinner out.
Note: Make reservations ahead of time because it's always packed here.
There are a few cocktails on their specialty cocktail list, my favorite is the Smoky Sips which is made with del maguey Vida mezcal, house-made pomegranate molasses, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, pomegranate seeds, and lava salt.
If you're not into cocktails have no fear, the wine and beers are great too. They have a great Meiomi, Pinot Noir that never lets me down.
When you're ready for food take a look at their appetizers first. They have a tasty crostini menu where you can opt for either 4 for $12 or 5 for $20. The heirloom tomatoes and basil is delicious, paired with the prosciutto and porcini. The porcini has truffles on it which makes it even better.
I always order Brussels sprouts everywhere I go to see which spot has the best ones, the ones here are with apple, raisins and balsamic. Pretty good but not as good as the rest of their dishes, for instance, the American Kobe Meatball with marinara, Parmigiano, and grilled bread. So good.
If you're not feeling an entree, try a salad. Their Burrata salad with imported Italian burrata, caramelized figs, prosciutto di parma, balsamic reduction, and EVOO is insanely good, and so is their artichoke salad made with arugula, grilled radicchio, gorgonzola, pear, honey dressing, and toasted almonds.
However, if you are looking for something a bit more filling their Chicken Alla Milanese is delicious, made with mozzarella, marinara, and mashed potatoes. The Wild Boar Pappardelle is so good and comforting, handmade pappardelle, slow-cooked ragu with grated Parmigiano (need I say more?) and if you're into seafood they have a great lobster risotto that I still dream about.
This is a great and fantastic Happy Hour OR dinner spot that you should absolutely check out when you're in the area.