Bacari Playa Del Rey
Bacari Playa del Rey is in the former spot of Bistro du Soliel that’s been redecorated with a hip, modern look and a new platform with extra seating. The black granite bar surrounded by wood walls and lots of windows gives the space a light but sophisticated feel. The restaurant has an energetic, hip staff that knows the menu very well, and are able to describe the small plates menu. Bacari is by the same team behind Bacaro LA near USC downtown. Chef Lior Hillel features a menu of Mediterranean “cicchetti” or Italian small plates.
Here’s the Deal: The food is fabulous. I ate there on a Saturday at regular prices which were quite reasonable. The general manager Michael LaBonge told me that during Happy Hour M-F 5-7p, just about everything is $2 cheaper. That makes most hot items $6 each.
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 5p-7p
What to drink: Bacari’s Happy Hour deal gets you signature cocktails for $8, well drinks for $6, and a half litre of sangria for $5.
What to eat: Everything we had was delicious and substantially sized. We had the grilled lamb burger with cucumber, shaved radish, and Kronfli Brothers (the owners) kale tahini sauce on grilled sourdough. We also had the lamb stuffed eggplant which came with a lemon garlic emulsion and black pepper on a baguette, the oven roasted bone marrow with caper panko, sea salt and black pepper on a baguette, the glazed pork belly skewers which were slow cooked in a sweet mulling sauce and umami reduction, and the baccala cakes of salted cod with dill emulsion and lime. From the cold dish menu I recommend the poached shrimp with shaved radish, parsley, and basil in a citrus chili sauce, the rainbow beet salad which was with black peppercorn roasted and came with chèvre, and the grilled romaine which was beets and toasted pecan in a black pepper parmesan vinaigrette.
Parking: Street parking as well as a lot in the back. It is also a very easy bike ride from Marina Del Rey or Playa Vista along the Ballona Creek.