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Red O, Los Angeles

1541 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Red O Review
4 Star Rating
4 September 2015Red OTags: Los Angeles, USA, Mexican reviewsThe Bill: £83 per head

Red O in Santa Monica is the second location to open in Los Angles, with their other restaurant being on Melrose. The Santa Monica location is absolutely superb, being only a few steps away from Santa Monica's beach. Simply put, this is a restaurant serving some of the most divine Mexican cuisine.

It's a large and busy restaurant, but we were looked after and enjoyed every minute during our visit. If you're considering visiting then I recommended you phone ahead to secure a table in the window, the views make the experience that little bit better.

We started the evening with pre-dinner cocktails. They have a menu full of tempting cocktails, we settled on the 'South of Manhattan', mixed with Knob Creek Bourbon, Selvarey Cacao Run, Cinzano 1757 and Angostura Orange Bitters. Which is every bit as enjoyable as it sounds and I'd happily sample this again. We also sampled the 'O Fashioned', mixed with Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, Clement Creole Shrubb, Raw Sugar, and Bitters.

"We wouldn't hesitate to return."

To begin we ordered the Classic Albacore Ceviche, Lime-marinated and prepared with Tomatoes, Manzanilla Olives, Cilantro and Serrano Chile and served with Plantain Tostaditas. I love Ceviche and this definitely didn't disappoint. We also sampled the Yellowtail Aguachile. Comprising of Hamachi Yellowtail Sashimi served with a Spicy Lime Broth, Avocado, Red Onion and Cucumber.

For our main courses we ordered the 8oz Filet Mignon, the filet was Wood Grilled and served with Chipotle Crema, and Cotija Mashed Yukon Gold Potato. The Filet was cooked to my preference, and the dish as a whole was very enjoyable. My partner ordered Lamb Mole Negro, a dish prepared with wood-grilled Lamb Chops, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Organic Baby Kale and caramelised Onion. Again, the Lamb was just superb. We added side dishes of Mexican Street Corn, a dish deconstructed with Cotija and Serrano-cilantro Crema. As well as Cotija Mashed Potatoes, which was Yukon Gold Potatoes and Cotija Cheese.

Throughout the evening we enjoyed a bottle of Educated Guess Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. This wine complimented our dishes well with a blend of Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, and a strong Cherry flavour. We wouldn't hesitate to return, if you enjoy Mexican food you're in for a treat.

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