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Asa Meza Brings Asian-Latino Food to Hollywood

By Esther Tseng

March 31, 2015

In that beautiful supper club space on Vine and in the shadow of the Capitol Records building now resides an Asian-Latino restaurant with all the fixings Hollywood requires. Step into the marble-encased foyer leading up to the bar before being shown to a wood-ensconced library-themed dining room, the sunken modern dining area or the outdoor back patio with plush couches, lanterns, trees, and heat lamps (only if needed).

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Asa Meza’s library-themed dining room. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Now open for lunch, dinner and even brunch, Asa Meza is serving up unexpected dishes from both the Asian and Latin sensibilities – but don’t call it fusion. Instead, it’s a mix of dishes interpreted through an entirely lens all Chef Joey Lopez’s own while utilizing the best ingredients available in town.

They’ve got raw oysters, small plates and big plates – all ingredients espousing a community vibe meant to make the neighborhood feel right at home. They’ve also got a full liquor license, offering wine and beer but also cocktail classics like the Pisco Sour and Margarita, but also signature drinks like Summer in Chile, Mother’s Milk,¬†Venezuelan Creamsicle, and the Oaxacan Sunshine. The restaurant has also partnered with Project Angel Food, so you can feel good that you’re also helping to contribute meals to those stricken with illness.

The "Mother's Milk" cocktail at Asa Meza includes ginger milk tea, simple sugar, ginger honey, vodka, and rum.

The “Mother’s Milk” cocktail at Asa Meza includes ginger milk tea, simple sugar, ginger honey, vodka, and rum. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Stop in to snack on bar bites like a dozen oysters, Gochujang Chicken Wings, a Juhn Pancake, Yucca Fries, or Chilaquiles. Or stay for dinner. Continue with a selection of their crudo like Mixto Ceviche and small plates like Chicken Anticucho and Beef Filet Tartare. Go all out with large plates such as the Fish of the Day, Five Spice Chicken, and the Casuela del Mar, a deliciously spicy seafood stew. Saddle any of those up with any of the assorted sides, many of which uphold a lot of the Asian influence seen in the restaurant’s dishes. Fried rice and veggies like eggplant, bok choy and Chinese broccoli all make for delicious ways to get your greens, and then some.

Double fried gochujang chicken wings with sweet ranch sauce at Asa Meza.

Double fried gochujang chicken wings with sweet ranch sauce at Asa Meza. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

BRASILIAN CHEESE BREAD  Gluten free Brasilian Cheese Bread with tapioca and parmesan at Asa Meza. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Gluten free Brasilian Cheese Bread with tapioca and parmesan at Asa Meza. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Asa Meza's take on Tres Leches cake, with  raspberry compote, vanilla bean whipped cream, and mint. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Asa Meza’s take on Tres Leches cake, with
raspberry compote, vanilla bean whipped cream, and mint. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

So try out Asa Meza, the new, Asian-Latin kid on the block. You’ll enjoy some great atmosphere with some Hollywood locals and an adventurous menu.

Asa Meza
1718 Vine St
323-538-2700
www.asameza.com

Esther Tseng is a freelance food and drink writer. She has contributed to Eater, Thrillist, LA Tourism, Visit West Hollywood, Serious Drinks, and more. She practices Pilates, spins and snowboards to counter all the calories she consumes and loves to travel, whether for work or leisure.

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