Not too long ago, O Hotel had one of the finest burgers in DTLA despite serving Mediterranean cuisine. In December, the downtown Los Angeles boutique hotel’s management brought on 2 veterans of NY’s Death & Co, and bestowed the menu a hodgepodge gastropubby feel. Alas, the fantastic burger is no more, but the news isn’t all bad.

Bar & Kitchen is now a very lithe restauraut. The food menu is extremely concise, with only a few small plate supplemented by a few medium sized mains. For those uninterested by the hip bar smiths, chef Vahan Tokmadjian offers offered a tasting menu at a fairly reasonable price of $32ish. For those interested in happy hour (though parking is absolutely a Coinstar powered nightmare before 7pm), there are actually rather edible bites — think jumbo spicy gochujang basted buffalo wings, a trio of Mediterranean dips, couple of tacos, etc. For those who are stuck in a hotel, or those who refuse to do the Westside commute, there is even a Sunday social all night happy hour. For the winos, a bottle of Oremus Tokaji can be found for $32 during oft-announced half off wine nights.

This is absolutely the “bar and kitchen” that tries to be everything to the everyday nightengale. In this current iteration, with the 90s hotel bar vibe mostly removed, O Hotel’s Bar & Kitchen is the soothing alternative to the riotous DTLA dining scene. Unlike Church & State, Bottega Louie, Mas Malos & Edison, a drinker can hear herself sip that $10 Death + Co cocktail, and, God forbid, a local family might even be able to dine at peace with a young toddler.

Despite all the food & beverage accommodations made possible by this boutique hospitality establishment, the basic lay-out of Bar And Kitchen remains problematic. The servers linger around the POS by the bar, the bar seats 8ish only if everyone’s skinny. Sit upstairs in the hideaway loft and you may never get a server. Sit too far from the bar, you’ll be the last to get served. The long narrow space, coupled with the sparse servers doubling as barkeeps/baristas/hosts, means service can be rather non serviceable. But the patrons never seem to mind; it’s as if everyone snorted lines of Tinker bell’s pixie dust and fell under B&K’s spell. The drinkers and eaters all seem gay and content after this overhaul, save for that watch dealing douche who couldn’t stop raving about his marketing skills.

Sample Sunday Social menu, starts Sunday 3pm til “late”:

Bar & Kitchen
819 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
www.barandkitchenla.com
(213) 623-9904
Bar & Kitchen (O Hotel) on Urbanspoon

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