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Published On: Thu, Sep 10th, 2015

ASA MEZA Opens in Hollwood

Casuela Del Mar

Casuela Del Mar

ASA MEZA is a new spot in Hollywood just at the corner of Hollywood and Vine that boasts a stunning library style interior and an outdoor patio area that will become a big hit in the summer months. They opened up in early February and in the first month, business was a bit spotty, but it is slowly picking up now that the word is getting out.

Head chef is Joey Lopez and his brigade includes Crudo Chef Rui Mateo and Pastry Chef David Rodriguez. The head mixologist is Justin Kim who has created a signature list of cocktails mostly priced around $12 and focusing on the areas such as Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru. There are eleven bottled beers all priced at $7 including Dark Truth Stout, Hopnosh IPA and Bitburger, and six beers on draft including Dos Equis, Kirin and Goose Island.

Service is still a little disorganized but friendly enough, and as soon as we got going, the dishes started coming out quickly, although unfortunately several items on the menu were sold out. Such was the case with the Cauliflower Soup which they serve with caramelized onions, tomato relish, cilantro oil and a crispy crouton, something I really wanted to try. Instead I went for the Cocido ($10), a hearty beef broth with winter vegetables-also nice and spicy. My guest had the Beet Salad ($11), which was highlighted by the roasted pumpkin seeds and the orange queso with a citrus dressing.

Next up came the Hamachi Sashimi ($12), an excellent value that had an attractive presentation with a combination of spices blending well with the sweet potato mousse. The Sashimi also comes in versions of Tuna, Salmon and Prawn and is picked up every morning at the airport from an out of town supplier. I just thought that the caramelized popcorn with this dish was a great idea and a complete surprise as it is not listed on the menu.

Next up was the Short Rib ($27) marinated in a braised pear and a gochujang sauce with a kabocha squash that was done perfectly, as was the Casuela Del Mar ($27), the restaurant’s version of a sea food tomato broth with prawns, mussels, octopus and calamari.

Also a word of praise for the Tuna Ceviche ($14), a strikingly pungent dish with rocoto, leche de tigre, sweet potato and choclo. I believe that the place is actually open in the morning for artisan coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters and the divine leaf from Art of Tea.

ASA MEZA
1718 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: (323) 538-2700

Hours-Monday-Sunday-lunch 11 a.m-4p.m.
Dinner-5 pm. – Midnight. Open till 2 a.m.Friday/Saturday

Valet Parking-$10 also meter parking

About the Author

- Michael Hepworth is a food, spirits and travel writer who contributes to magazines, newspapers and magazines in Los Angeles, Dubai, London and Mumbai.

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