Where is Murano? Very much no longer here per Artichoke's Heart which took over 9010 Melrose Ave on May 5. Part of the Mexican restaurant group Corazon de Alcachofa, or Heart of the Artichoke in Spanish, which operates two Artichoke Heart restaurants in Mexico, Artichoke's Heart Melrose Ave marks the mini chain's first US endeavor. Much like the eateries below the border, Artichoke's Heart here offers an eclectic, punchy interior with greenery, skylights, and modern lighting fixtures. White and cream walls and banquettes add a touch of earthiness.
White the restaurant's menu has yet to be posted, Grub Street snagged an early copy which reads mostly like an American steakhouse affair. The protein-packed list starts with beef carpaccio, tuna tartar, octopus carpaccio, there's three salads, house-made fettuccine, and steak preparations, a fish of the day, plus some chicken. Meat, meat, and more meat.
To drink, a slew of specialty cocktails most of which are tequila-based, made with the requisite fresh juices and herbs. Grub Street also says that while this is the first US outpost for Artichoke's Heart, if all goes well, more will appear throughout the country. Score a resy here, hours of operation run Tue-Sat, 6PM-midnight.
·First Look at The Space and Menu at Artichoke's Heart, Now Open on Melrose [GS]
·All Coverage for Artichoke's Heart [~ELA~]