Location: 700 Wilshire Blvd (Entrance on, 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Date: June 28, 2021
Cuisine: Italian – ish
Rating: not bad for poolside at a hotel
Calabra is the rooftop restaurant on top of Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel. We met up with some friends for a first dinner since before the pandemic and were looking for an outside place.
The setting is quite nice, but alas I forgot to photo it but so had to use this hotel shot.
Meze plate. Lots of pickles!
Guac and roasted salsa.
Chips! Actually delicious, but ludicrously salty.
Three fish crudo. tuna, salmon, scallop, radish, capers, tarragon.
Seafood Arrabiata. squid ink garganelli pasta, tiger shrimp, manila clams, mussels, spicy tomato sauce, breadcrumbs. My friend who got this didn’t like it at all — but they took it off the bill.
Whole branzino. lentil ragu, fennel, coriander, mint zhoug, salsa verde.
Lamb chops. skordalia, tzatziki, calabrian tapenade, lamb jus.
Calabra was pretty good for what it was, but certainly nothing super memorable.