After a long renovation, Hotel Figueroa is back open for business. If you have not peeked into the lobby, you need to. The place looks great. Part of the massive transformation of the hotel was the addition of the lobby restaurant called Breva. We check it out the other night… and say “Bravo to Breva.” Breva’s menu is influenced by the hotel’s Spanish architecture and design. The food is described as Western Mediterranean cuisine that “follows the Mediterranean shoreline to Southern France and the Italian Coast.” Although the food is European, Chef Casey Lane uses locally sourced ingredients. The vegetables are from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The fish is procured from DTLA Marine Products, and the steaks are dry aged Huntington Meats.
Okay, we started our dinner with a bottle of wine, and then ordered way too much food starting with the Roasted Mushrooms ($15) cooked in a Pedro Ximenez sherry. OMG! These mushrooms were delicious, as was the rest of the food that followed, especially the Crispy Fried Potatoes ($8) served with a Romesco aioli, and the Broccolini ($13) prepared with chili vinegar, harissa and topped with… wait for it… bone marrow breadcrumbs.
The one dish we didn’t devour was the Kale ($13) with Marcona almonds, hot chorizo vinaigrette and Manchego cheese. It was good, but everything else was so much better, like the Branzino ($28) served with pole beans, almonds and a brown butter beurre blanc.
Although the menu is Mediterranean, it offered up some American classics, like the Dry Aged Burger ($22) served with fries… and our favorite dish of the night: the Fried Chicken ($29) paired with Catalan greens and Jamon & Jalapeno Potato Salad. This fried chicken was divine (but maybe that was the wine talking).
Between the delicious food, the great service, and that bottle of wine, we had a great time at Breva. You need to add Breva to your list of favorite DTLA restaurants. Again, Bravo to Breva!
BREVA 939 So. Figueroa Street (inside Hotel Figueroa) 213.627.8971 brevadtla.com