May 31, 2024

Dinner Diaries: Bar Clara

We’re venturing out to downtown LA this week to check out the rooftop offerings of Bar Clara.

Bar Clara¬†sits above Hotel Per La in DTLA serving fantastic cocktails and a menu of Mediterranean inspired dishes. The restaurant sits on the top floor of Hotel Per La, with cosy seating located poolside alongside a spattering of lounges and sofas, and even a fun fireplace as you take in the expansive views of DTLA. Afterwards don’t be shy and tuck downstairs for an espresso martini or your cocktail of choice at Hotel Per La’s bar. The inside is just as stunning as the views offered upstairs.

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We kicked off our rooftop dinner with Bar Clara’s Mezze Platter. In very Mediterranean fashion, the platter came with an assortment of bites to kick off our meal. The platter comes with a yuzu avocado puree, babaganoush, hummus, and lavash bread. It’s the perfect light beginning to any summer dining outing.

image: Carolina Bonetti

It’s summer, how you can have dinner al fresco and not order a salad? Knowing we needed some greens in our life we moved onto our second course with an order of Bar Clara’s chopped salad (in chopped salad we trust). This delicious take on a chopped salad is absolutely loaded with goodies. a mix of specialty cured meats add dimension to the flavors alongside caracara, castelvetrano olives, heirloom tomato, pepperoncini, red onion, and manchego cheese all in a citrus honey emulsion. You can add more protein if you like, but we opted to put our meat on the side as one of us this evening is pescatarian. Tis not I, your intrepid writer our dearest readers.

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Speaking of summer our next choice was the salmon crudo. No notes. This was chef’s kiss and honestly we could’ve easily enjoyed two of these meals without blinking. This is how dining should be done. Excellent flavors, that leave patrons wanting more and thinkig about it a couple weeks later. Order this at your own caution, of being completly and totally ensnared by the Salmon Crudo.

Moving along to our main course we opted for The Burger and the Harissa Prawn Tacos. The burger was great, they did a good job keeping it medium rare, juicy, and full of flavor. However, no matter how great the burger is the true star of the evening was the Harissa Prawn Tacos. Every bite had a hint of spice with excellently tempered flavor profiles. We shared and honestly wish we hadn’t, we wanted every single last bite of this dish it was just that good! Don’t share the tacos, do get your own. You’re welcome in advance.

Located: 649 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Cons: Parking. It’s downtown LA so it is, what it is. However, $27.50 for parking felt pretty rough. There isn’t really much option besides valet as the streets can be pretty tough for parking. May the parking Gods be ever in your favor.