Once home to piano bar dive Don't Tell Mama, this down-at-heel spot on WeHo’s Santa Monica Boulevard has been given a much-needed new lease of life with the arrival of retrofitted Southern-style stunner Norah.
The modish, lofty interiors come courtesy of design doyen Thomas Schoos, with graphic monochrome art, black-veined white marble bar, loungey seating and a choice of communal or intimate dining around two-top tables. Clusters of pendant bulbs and industrial-sleek lighting keep things warmly illuminated, while big windows ensure airy sun-drenched daytime grazing. There are even huge potted trees for that in/outdoor Cali vibe.
Restaurateur Rohan Talwar with chef Mike Williams (Tipple & Brine, The Tasting Kitchen) are behind the rustic New American menu, simply divided into First (featuring delicacies like Kusshi oysters, cauliflower popcorn and little sausages with kaffir lime jam); Second (starring sea bream crudo, and lobster potato gnocchi); and Third (heritage cider-glazed pork, daily market fish and hanger steak).
There’s a soulful, Southern twist to dishes such as fried hominy cakes, chilled Gulf prawns with smoked tomato, and poached shrimp, plus a custom-made wood-burning grill ensures a high flame count. Accompany with seasonal cocktails and top drops, or go all-out decadent with the desserts.
Unusually for today’s hot dining destinations, Norah actually welcomes online reservations, so get clickin’ chicken!
8279 Santa Monica Blvd / West Hollywood / +1 323 450 4211 / dinner daily / norahrestaurant.com