If you’re one of those New Yorkers who was part of the pandemic mass exodus to Los Angeles, there’s a good chance that you spent a winter weekend or two in Miami during your Big Apple years. And if so, there’s also a chance that while you were there, you were lucky enough to land a table at Mandolin Aegean Bistro, one of the most transportive Miami restaurants in town. Situated on the border of Buena Vista and the Design District inside a 1940s-era home, the charming, string-light-strewn al fresco courtyard restaurant no doubt worked its way into your heart with its family-style approach to Mediterranean cuisine, serving up various Greek, Turkish and Cypriot delicacies.
Too specific a scenario? No matter. You’re still in for a treat because now Angelenos are all lucky enough to be able to experience its magic with the opening of Mandolin Taverna at Soho Warehouse downtown. The restaurant was acquired by SoHo House recently after the company went public, and husband-and-wife team Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukiswere approached by the group to bring their beloved restaurant to LA (a previous location of the restaurant existed briefly at Soho House’s Miami location).
The new LA location features the same outdoor-focused concept, strewn with lanterns, plants, flowers, and white-washed tables and chairs but is much larger and offers a considerably expanded indoor space as well. The menu is a near replica of the original Miami menu that includes favorites like Greek Village Salad, Manti Dumplings, Greek Sampler (mezze plate), Grilled Octopus, Grilled Lamb Chops with orzo pilaf plus an array of flatbreads and mezze like Cheese Saganaki and Roasted Cauliflower.
Drinkwise, expect a selection of wines sourced both locally and from the Mediterranean region as well as a selection of house cocktails.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.