Monday, August 18, 2008

Good Old-Fashioned Yum - On Tap at Brass Cap

Brass Cap, short for Brasserie Capo is a cozy, cool, off-the-beaten path restaurant on West Channel Road at PCH in Santa Monica, that is well-worth a visit for a variety of reasons:

1. The food. It does not disappoint. Everything is prepared to perfection. I highly recommend the Duck Confit Risotto or the Lamb Osso Bucco and the Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert.

2. Danno. He's one of their bartenders and is not only a great mixologist, (try his eponymous Dannorita), but is also highly amusing. If you're game - and he's there, he's fun to wax political with. He also plans on opening a true East-Coast style sports bar in Culver City within the next year where he plans to donate 15% of the proceeds to HIV research.

3. The decor. In addition to just being stunning in a very unassuming, not-trying-too-hard, slightly East-Coast manner with just enough Francophilia,they have these ceiling fans that look like vintage propellers that I am just in love with. If anyone knows where they can be had, please contact me.

4. The service. No complaints here. Our waiter could not have been any more accommodating, nice or informative.

5. The location. It's right on PCH at West Channel Road - which is just lovely and fortunately, not a nightmarish scenestery hellhole.

Many moons ago I worked for the owners, Bruce and Rebecca Marder, at another of their restaurants, Rebecca's, which no longer exists, and while the food there was okay - it pales in comparison to what they're doing at Brass Cap. Night and day, truly.

Brass Cap
100 W. Channel Road
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 454-4544

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