When a friend suggested Cliff’s Edge for our final dinner in LA, I immediately jumped at the chance to go, as it’s a restaurant I had always wanted to go to with Alex when we lived in Echo Park. We arrived and were seated out on the famous patio, which absolutely lives up to its romantic reputation. It was like a beautiful, adult treehouse- wood benches dotted with oversized bright floral pillows, fairy lights and the sound of a babbling brook in the background. We started off with cocktails, and then quickly moved on to bottles of wine, aided by incredibly attentive staff. While I was a bit worried about a rowdy reunion taking place in such a romantic and intimate spot, we were quickly put at ease by the friendly and easygoing nature of everyone working there.
The food itself was all gorgeous. Buttery rolls, perfectly cooked octopus, vegetable dishes that packed a serious punch- we loved it all but there were a few stand outs that I wouldn’t recommend looking past. The first was the cauliflower- cauliflower has become a massively trendy vegetable as of late, and dishes like this highlight exactly why. The cauliflower had a gorgeous char to it, which paired perfectly with the smoky Latin American flavours of the dish- it was truly cauliflower like none of us had ever had before and we loved it.
The second dish we adored was the tagliatelle with roasted garlic, black pepper, landaff and lemon. While Cliff’s Edge is designed for sharing, I would have happily had an entire serve of this pasta to myself- it was cheesy, saucy, rich and oh, just SO delicious! It might not be the most creative thing on the menu but seriously, who can say no to a perfectly cheesy pasta dish? None of my friends, that’s for sure! It was a very comforting end to our meal, and gave us the heft we needed to kick on with our partying that night (without too much of a struggle the next morning!).
Cliff’s Edge is an institution for a reason, and it’s an institution that transcends Silver Lake or the East side- it’s a place that everyone in LA or visiting should make time for. I can’t wait to go back next time I’m in LA, hopefully with Alex in tow, to show him why this place has been near the top of my list for all these years!
Chandy to start?
baby beets, avocado, clementine, balsamic, brown butter
parker house rolls, beurre de baratte
crispy octopus, green romesco, ajo blanco, asian pear, tomato, marcona almond
brussels sprouts, thai basil, mint, cilantro, lime, fish sauce
cauliflower anticucho, avocado, crema, pepitas, puffed buckwheat, cilantro
tagliatelle, roasted garlic, black pepper, landaff, lemon, micro herbs