Mon Ami, an elevated Mediterranean fusion restaurant and lounge concept, has officially opened its doors in downtown Santa Monica. The new hotspot hails from Pacific Coast Hospitality (PCH Group), the team behind Canary, the buzzy Santa Monica nightclub inspired by the Canary Islands, as well as several restaurants located across Europe.
Positioned deep inside the courtyard off of Ocean Avenue (the former 41 Ocean lounge space), Mon Ami—which translates to “my friend” in French—focuses on “the enchanting Mediterranean experience of the night in a warm and comfortable soul.”
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“We are thrilled to introduce and share the vibrant culture of “Mon Ami,” says Nas Negahban of PCH Group. “We have worked extensively to perfect a unique experience for our newest venture into the restaurant space. If you go anywhere else in the world, including other cities in the US, the epicenter for the best restaurants and nightlife are by the ocean. PCH Group’s focus now and for the immediate future is to make Santa Monica exactly that here in Los Angeles.”
John Sofio of Built Inc. is the visionary behind the Mon Ami space, aiming to embrace the majestic escape of the Mediterranean experience. The award-winning architect designer transports the intimate space with smooth stucco walls painted in warm two-tones of sage green and neutral cream whites, cedar and warm mahogany woodwork, lush Mediterranean inspired landscaping and elegant furnishings. Sofio—who also designed hotspot such as The Nice Guy, Delilah and The Peppermint Club—flawlessly styles both interior and exterior with scaled proportionally flanked vignettes with modern fabrics that capture the feeling of high style while the rooms are further adorned in sheer soft curtains and warm glowing lights.
“Along with John Sofio’s design, we are excited to bring a true Mediterranean ambiance and experience to Los Angeles,” adds Negahban. “Our goal for Mon Ami is to have everyone feel like they’ve escaped to a place off the coast of the sea with its aesthetics, music, cocktails and memorable menu.”
Mon Ami’s menu was created as an immersive and versatile portfolio bringing inspiration from Negahban’s Mediterranean travels through Europe. Signature dishes include Calabrian Chili Prawns, Prosciutto-wrapped Tomatoes, Potato Zeppole, Buckwheat Tabbouleh Salad, Lobster alla Catalana Pasta, Chicken Tagine and Mediterranean Branzino. There are also a number of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options including the Cauliflower Shawarma and Mushroom Moussaka.
For dessert, there are Greek donuts known as Loukoumades, a Chocolate Tres Leches, Cake Cassava Pearls and the Reine Des Fraises, aka the “Queen Strawberry” sorbet dish.
Behind the bar, the PCH Group’s in-house master mixology team are serving up crafted cocktails with passion-inspired spirits and enhanced flavor profiles from the Mediterranean region, each complemented by their own tall tale stories.
Signature drinks include the El Rey, made with Mozzarella-Washed Vodka, Clarified Tomato-Basil Cordial), the Amalfi Spritz, made with Sparkling Wine, Cucumber-Basil Cordial, Italicus Bergamotto), the La Gondola, made with Tequila Blanco, Aperol, Elderflower Liqueur, Grapefruit and the Aqua Vida, made with Akvavit, Rosemary, Dill and Lemon Juice.
Mon Ami offers indoor and outdoor patio seating for dinner hours Tuesdays through Saturdays 5 p.m. to close. Friday and Saturday evenings turn into nightlife lounge vibes with live beats and bottle service following dinner hours with a limited late night bites menu. (Brunch will launch later this summer).
For more information on Mon Ami and to make your reservations, visit monamism.com.
Mon Ami1541 Ocean Ave. Suite 150, Santa Monica@monami.sm
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