Just south of the Santa Monica pier, the curtains lining the giant windows at The Lounge at Casa Del Mar Hotel glow golden in the setting sun. Palm trees punctuate the sky—a gradient from yellow, to magenta, to deep blue. Your date is all “Hey, what a great place for a second date!” You’re like “I know. I read about it on L.A. Foodie.”
The good people over at Lounge at Casa invited us to come check out their favorite dishes. Here’s a little rundown to make sure you order the right dishes to keep on impressing that date.
Maine Lobster Crudo ($22)
Like a light kiss of food before the meal, the apple adds a crisp, sour acidity to the lobster.
American Wagyu Sliders ($18)
The powerful, creamy blue cheese plays in a really fun way with the sweetness of the tomato jam—these sliders are legit. I will most definitely be getting them again.
Funghi Pizza ($17)
The homemade thin crust on this pizza is one of the lightest in town. It was a bit of a mushroom overload for my taste, but Lisa loved it.
Nigiri Sushi ($28)
Good, but not spectacular. The tuna was the best of the nigiri, but there are better options on the menu.
Crispy Artichokes ($9)
Deep-fried artichoke chunks with a tartar-like aioli dipping sauce. This is just straight-up delicious. If you’re just there for a drink and a snack, these are your best bet.
Burrata Bruschetta ($12)
The cheese is fresh, and there’s a perfect hint of pesto. Not our favorite, but tasty.
Espresso Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce
A fantastic balance between the sweet caramel and cream, the grains of salt, and the rich chocolate. Lisa says she wants to marry it. Alas, all of our sacred vows, dashed upon the rocks for one slice of cake. And yet, I cannot blame her, for it is tasty as hell.
Tiramisu in a Jar
A good tiramisu, but spend those calories on the cake.
Cocktails! Surprisingly smooth for a beverage based on white lightning (aka moonshine). Perfect for sipping while you watch the sun set behind the mountains.
Pomegranate Mojito ($16)
Lisa loved this perfect summer drink and declared it “dangerously yummy.”
Happy Buddha ($16)
The sage flavor and aroma are a little overpowering—Lisa was not a huge fan.
Moscow Mule ($16)
A great version of the classic with just the right amount of ginger.
With an amazing view and some really tasty bizness available, The Lounge at Casa is the perfect place to take somebody you don’t mind spending a little to impress.