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Madera Kitchen Comes to Cahuenga

By Kim Sudhalter

July 8, 2014

A beautiful indoor/outdoor rustic Mediterranean restaurant called Madera Kitchen just opened on Cahuenga.

madera 1Featuring an intimate ambiance and cozy atmosphere, this new Hollywood eatery provides a charming neighborhood retreat that’s not too loud, clubby or overly expensive.  Specializing in small plates and dishes to share, Madera Kitchen offers such appetizing farm-to-table fare as Chickpea Fritters with Cilantro, Yogurt & Pickled Shallots; Sheep’s Ricotta Ravioli with Grilled Tendrils, Fava Beans & Bacon; and Heirloom Carrots with Green Garlic, Pepitas, Spiced Honey & Goat Cheese. Other choices include charcuterie plates or a variety of tasty flatbreads.  My personal favorite? The Grilled Octopus with Charred Spring Onion, Crispy Lemon and Aioli. Mmm.

What makes Madera so welcoming is its open air design, lush landscaping and many choices of places to sit (tables on the patio, family-style seating inside, by the fire pit, at the bar or at a small wine bar outside).  Brick walls, reclaimed wood beams, odd antiques and other homey touches throughout make you feel as though you’re hanging at a friend’s house in the hills—one that’s much nicer than yours, of course!

But the crowning touch is the craft cocktails. Listed on a menu with no prices, they range from $10-12 (normal by Hollywood standards) and give you a nice selection of choices. With names like Blueberry Lavender Martini, Going to Australia and Sippy Cup it’s pretty hard to decide which to have, so why not try them all? Again, my favorite? The Nor’Easter, “a perfectly balanced drink for every taste. Whisky, ginger and maple flavors perfectly presented a la ‘Moscow Mule’ in a copper mug.”  (The night I went they were in tall glasses).

Kim Sudhalter is the President of Urban Legend PR, a full-service public relations, branding and marketing company.  She consulted with the Hollywood Entertainment District in its early years, helping to attract investment and revitalize the area. Originally from Europe and New York, she is an architecture and history buff who has a deep and abiding love for Hollywood and its past.

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