Celebrated by Curtis Hanson in his masterpiece of film noir, L.A. Confidential , from the James Ellroy novel, the Formosa Cafe is the stuff of Los ... More
Celebrated by Curtis Hanson in his masterpiece of film noir, L.A. Confidential , from the James Ellroy novel, the Formosa Cafe is the stuff of Los Angeles folklore. This Rococo hangout started out as a Chinese eatery but in recent years it has expanded the menu to include some Thai, Japanese and Korean dishes. The popular venue has been around since 1932 and a storm of protests by loyal patrons saved it from becoming a parking lot for the neighboring Warner Bros Hollywood Studios. Step inside this blast from the past and you enter a dark black and red venue with walls lined with celebrities mostly from the 1950s. This is definitely a destination you have to know about. There is something about its appeal that defies description but Angelenos have had a love affair with the place since it first opened its doors. Call ahead for hours.
GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!! My wife and I stop by every time we're in town. Lobster Truffle Mac and Cheese is the bomb and so are the ribs. We always ask to sit in Rebecca's section because she has a great sense of humor and is fun to talk to.
You won't be disapointed.
formosa cafe.. changed menu. very hip... very current. the old foods... were almost a joke.... but now.. this is a serious small plate restaurant in the same quality as any of the top lounges in LA.
new chef matthew gladstone has kept asian edge but is off on his own california bar food theme which is great.
lobster mac/ crab cakes and seared ahi roll were all world class
filet sliders with blue cheese and udon noodles were terrific
catfish was perfect.
as a food group... we will now go here for dinner and NOT only drinks!
formosa cafe is a restaurant/bar that's been around forever and ever. it's got a kitschy asian theme, which i love. it was even featured in the movie l.a. confidential. given how long it's been around, it's still got a surprisingly hip crowd of twenty to thirty somethings. it's a fun little spot for drinks and a piece of hollywood history.
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