Hideaway in LKF: The site of the former Hong Kong Brew House is now a hangout split into a more upscale Cali-Mex featuring date-worthy dishes like flank steak and ice-cream tacos; and Mexican speakeasy Los Sotano downstairs.
Look & Feel: While the upstairs Cali-Mex is very LKF-esque, the basement Los Sotano is a lair of sexy sophistication. Aside from the spotlight-grabbing neon lights that read “Tequila makes me take my clothes off”, expect exotic walls lined with Mexican tiles, gold-painted skulls, ropes and sensual murals drawn by Miami graffiti artist Le Creep. Seats are spacious, with self-serve wine and beer dispensers growing out of most tabletops.
On the Menu: It may not be your poison, but don’t leave Los Sotano without trying a few of their 80-plus tequilas and cocktails designed by Robert Kariakin from West Hollywood’s “The Abbey.” Opt for the Cinco de Mayo if you have a sweet-tooth to satisfy; but for the more adventurous palates, Bad Hombre is a clever melange of Reposado Tequila, Cynar, Pimentos and beer served in a paper-bag wrapped beer bottle with a wedge of pineapple stuffed up top. Hard-core tequila drinkers would appreciate the bar’s one-of-a-kind Caso Dragons and Clase Azul Ultra Anejo, at… $3000 a shot.
Food-wise, street favorites like Pescado Street tacos are mouthfuls of utter scrumptiousness; think tequila-marinated shrimp, chicken, rib eye, fish, avocado, and pork belly. Nachos are made with home-made corn chips — thin crisps that are fried just right. And the table-side guacamole is an absolute no-brainer.
Great For: small gatherings; a romantic date.
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