Take a gander at this pretty
little big thing. Welcome to Malo's grown-up self, Mas Malo, a two floor modern Mexican oasis tucked into the ground floor of a former jewelry store dating back to 1923. Big ups to designer Tracy Beckmann of Tracy Beckmann Design (the Tar Pit) who infuses the space with history and allure, drawing inspiration from Mexico City and urban downtown LA. On the restaurant's main ground-level floor notice the gorgeous original vaulted 1920s ceiling and marble floors, toward the back there's a cantina with full bar, fun hanging wicker chairs, comfy sofas, plus a fireplace. And while it's not open just yet, owners Mitchell Frank and Jeff Ellermeyer also built a private tequila tasting room located in the jewelry store’s original back vault.
Ascend a set of stairs and find a balcony lounge overlooking the main dining room with a second bar.
Much like the Silver Lake original, Mas Malo serves chef Robert Luna's take on Mexican comfort fare (don't miss the chewy tortilla chips) using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients in both food and drink. Some Silver Lake favorites reappear on the menu here like the hard and soft shell tacos stuffed with Ground Beef and Pickle; Potato and Cheddar; Shrimp and Bacon; and Soya-Rizo. Other lunch and dinner entrees range from Local Pacific Snapper Sautéed in Habañero White Wine Garlic Butter (Huachinango Al Mojo de Ajo) to Black Tiger Prawns wrapped in Bacon and Sautéed with Garlic Cream Sauce (Ensenada Bacon Wrapped Shrimp).
Mas Malo's many bars stock over 300 tequilas and 20 mezcals, which appear in all sorts of seasonal margaritas such as the Spicy Cucumber Margarita and the Medicina Latina (margarita with ginger). Hours of operation run Monday-Thursday 11AM-11PM, Friday 11AM-midnight, Saturday 9AM-midnight, Sunday 9AM-11PM.
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