Out of the blue, a new modern Greek restaurant is opening within the next few weeks in Santa Monica. Dubbed Inotheke, the project comes from seasoned chef Carolos Tamazos (Alain Ducasse at Essex NYC, Per Se, Waterloo & City), who grew up on the island of Cyprus and hopes to bring a fresh perspective to Greek cooking in Los Angeles. Slotted into the prime location that was briefly Ciboteca before closing down, the bright space boasts a casual vibe with a clean earth tones and sweet blue-yellow hues that give it a fresh feel.
On the menu, Tamazos has a sizeable set of share plates from skirt steak "gyros," oven-roasted beet salad, octopus stew "krasato," and grilled salmon that range $10 to $18. A smaller selection of appetizers and sides rounds out the bill of fare. Tamazos really wants to channel the flavors of his youth and upbringing, but modernize some of the seasonings to cater to L.A. diners. That means more intensity when needed, and sometimes more health-forward approaches that'll redefine traditional notions of Greek cuisine. See the full menu below.
In addition to shareable dishes, Inotheke (which translates to "wine case") will have 20 wines by the glass, 60 bottles on the list, four draft beers, and 12 bottles from which to choose.
606 Broadway Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401