There’s no better place for a romantic dinner, and even casual gatherings of friends will appreciate the leafy rear patio with a giant ficus in the middle.
Open more than five years, Cliff’s Edge has settled in as a reliable date-night destination with solid, if not terribly special food.
On the Mediterranean menu, bistro classics like escargots and mussels meet up with Italian-inflected seafood risotto and pumpkin ravioli. A full page of rotating specials are worth a look, since some of the more creative dishes reside there.
Creamy burrata cheese makes a flavorful starter paired with tomatoes confit, polenta squares and a touch of pesto, while classic Caesar salad is crisp and fresh. Pappardelle noodles are topped with plenty of rich, satisfying braised oxtail. Traditional moules mariniere are available on the bar-only menu, but the mussels with tomato, fennel and Pernod on the regular menu are spiced with a bit too much kick.
Plenty of things would make Cliff’s Edge even better — an updated menu, good bread, better beer choices — but really, pourquoi? It’s pretty idyllic back there on the patio just as it is.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Cliff's Edge: reviewed in the Los Feliz Ledger
Los Feliz Ledger reviews because they're not written as blog entries, but as full reviews. And in case you're wondering about the three forks (out of four), I assess based on atmosphere and service as well as food, and against other restaurants in the Los Feliz area, not the whole city. That said, the food at Cliff's Edge is perfectly fine -- but of course it's the lovely back patio that makes it worth a trip. Here's an excerpt: