It only took about 20 years for Westside Pavilion to do something productive with Westside II. It started be demolishing the most pointless mall addition ever. Then it got interesting when they added a great movie theather to the Westside. And now with the addition of Westside Tavern this mall has relevance.
Westside Tavern is like Gulfstream meets Houstons. It’s huge, a massive space, it’s the new (fat) K-Fed of restaurants. It’s over 10,000 square feet and seats over 300 people. It has a spacious wide open dining room with comfy booths, a great long bar and two private dining rooms.
The menu is American Fancy with a full bar, trendy cocktails, wine and craft beers. There are always specials written in chalk on the three almost 10 × 10 chalk boards. What brought me to Westside Tavern was that I had heard that recently their burger was named the best in LA! A bold statement. However, this isn’t just about burgers. I’ve also had a few other things.
Let’s start with the Gazpacho…it’s was amazing! It’s all based around fresh ingredients, chunky tomatoes and veggies with poached shrimp. It’s not like eating blended mild salsa like a lot of gazpacho. If it’s offered go for it. It was probably the best I’ve ever had.
The Lamb French Dip was tasty, but the french roll sucked. It was just a boring piece of bread. The meat was tender and juicy, the caramelized onions flavorful and the horseradish cream was like fancy Arby’s Horsey sauce, it was fantastic. I ended up putting it on the burger.
The Fish and Malt Vinegar Chips were light, fluffy, cripy, delicious and not too filling. It’s three pieces of ale breaded halibut, not a ton of food but a good amount. It’s served with a bowl of freshly made malt vinegar potato chips, nicely salted, but they could have used a little more malt. The Tarragon Dill Tartar Sauce was nothing short of amazing.
The Burger. It was good, but not take off your baseball hat and slam it down on the bar good. The meat was tender and juicy. It held together well. The meat has a very tasty flavor. The Cheese, a Tillimook Cheddar, was kinda boring, and the burger needed a thick slice of bacon. The egg bun was good, soft and moist and held together well. My biggest issue with the burger was it needed a sauce. The horseradish cream sauce was so good I slathered my burger in it. That sealed the deal for me, it was like putting a fresh coat of paint on a classic car.
Westside Tavern is good, but why should you go to Westside Tavern? THE WARM STICKY TOFFEE CAKE with Marscapone Cream. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it was mabye the best dessert I’ve ever had. It was moist, fluffy, sweet and sticky. The flavors combination of Toffee, cake and marscapone were too perfect to leave even a smudge on the plate.