Estate takes over the former Parlor space along 1519 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica with a huge, expansive dining room chock full of exposed incandescent bulbs and plush seating. The formula's a little bit all over the place, with a look that's sort of industrial, sort of rustic, and plenty of wood to give it warmth. Estate officially opened last night, though it's been soft serving locals for the past week or so.
The fare, from chef Hisashi Yoshiara, is "global inspired," which tends to mean it doesn't really stick to one particular genre or cuisine. It'll probably work for most Santa Monica denizens, who'll likely nibble on Japanese eggplant with saiko miso glaze, or crispy calamari salad with baby mizuna.
The wok fires up pad thai and fried rice while larger places feature a pan-roasted chicken with charred corn and black beans for a riff on Southern flavors, or a crispy skin salmon entree with farro and sundried tomato tapenade for a little bit of Mediterranean infusion. Of course, ingredients are carefully sourced from local places, which gives it all a form of Westside validation. Hours of operation run 5 p.m. to midnight daily, with a 1 a.m. last call on weekends.
1519 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA310-394-7722Reservations accepted