The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood has always been one of my favorite places. The hotel is so beautiful and modern (styled after Piet Mondrian’s work, of course) and brightly-colored. You can’t beat the location on the Sunset Strip. Skybar is some of the best nightlife in LA, and home to countless events, fashion shows and after-parties. And the Mondrian USED to be home to an amazing Asian-Cuban fusion restaurant, Asia De Cuba, that had yucca fries and black bean croquettes.
Now, Asia De Cuba is closed and my heart was very sad. However, its replacement, Herringbone, is so good that I’ve almost (almost!!) forgotten about ADCB.
My friend and I went to Herringbone for brunch on a gloomy, rainy Saturday because we heard they had $15 bottomless mimosas. I wasn’t going to do bottomless mimosas, being still hungover from the night before, but one mimosa is $14…or bottomless mimosas are $15…I mean, it just made economic sense!
Anyway, Herringbone makes mimosas by pouring half a bottle of champagne in a WINE GLASS and then waving an orange by it. A.k.a. my favorite way to make a mimosa. Needless to say, we were feeling it pretty quickly and a normal brunch plan turned into a”let’s make a day out of it in West Hollywood? kind of plan.
When the food came, I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant has its fish logo on everything, so I was expecting a seafood-based menu that I wouldn’t be able to order from. However, there were tons of traditional Mexican items (my fave!). I got huevos rancheros and my friend ordered chilaquiles. The food was AMAZING and the presentation beautiful.
But the best part of Herringbone is the atmosphere. The giant oversize terra cotta pots from ADCB past are still here, with more plants added in. The comfy sofas make for a relaxed vibe. You have a view of the pool at Skybar. And nothing beats the view of LA from the top of the hill that you get at the Mondrian.
I couldn’t imagine a more relaxing, bang-for-your-buck brunch outing and will definitely be returning!