The goods: The Gables welcomes its first caviar bar and LEED silver-certified restaurant as the Dome brings loungey Latin American fusion to Miracle Mile.
Ambience: Eco chic. The narrow, buzzing space is green head to toe – iPad menus, tabletops made from recycled paper, reflective roofing, recycled leather banquettes and LED lighting. The eclectic crowd eats, drinks and mingles – it’s a neighborhood spot in the making.
The Grub: Latin American fusion and caviar. Executive chef Marsha Orosco (Council Oak Steakhouse, Morton’s) emphasizes seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in salads, soups, small plates and entrees. Small plates average $9-$15, entrees $21-$35 and sides $5-$7.
Start with crispy tostones paired with a citrus garlic mojito sauce; bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers (pictured) or a trio of mahi mahi, portobello, Cuban or pollo sliders. Signature entrees include guava-glazed, pistachio-crusted cod; braised short ribs with a shrimp confit of wild mushrooms and arroz con pollo blending Caribbean-marinated organic chicken breast and beer-infused yellow rice. Desserts include riche crème caramel flan, Key lime pie and a Caribbean chocolate rum ganache cake.
Verdict: Caviar and Latin American green eats in a sleek Gables lounge.