The Westside is getting ready for Punta Cabras, the sophomore effort from chef Daniel Snukal following the closure of Tacos Punta Cabras in Santa Monica last year. The co-owner of Tacos Punta Cabras, Josh Gil, is no longer involved, so Snukal brings on partner Mark Mittleman to help run the show at Broadway and 10th. Here’s what to expect.
First up is the restaurant itself, Punta Cabras, which will offer a variety of dining options. There will be full service for both lunch and dinner, and a broad menu that encompasses seafood, classics like queso fundido with chorizo, a rotating roasted fish curry, and big shareable meat dishes. There will also be cocktails by Zachariah Parks, formerly of Joe’s in Venice, plus craft beer straight from Baja and wines from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe growing region.
Inside, the greater Punta Cabras space will also house a taqueria, playing to the strengths of the original, now shuttered, location. Expect handmade tortillas, fish tacos, braised chicken, and lot of rotating ingredients throughout the seasons. Snukal will also have his own semi-private chef’s table space, where he’ll be able to create one-off tasting menu dishes for diners on a nightly basis as well.
The Alexis Readinger-designed restaurant (Preen, Inc.) will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, high-top tables for the taqueria, big windows, and more than a few colorful touches. If all goes well, the restaurant should be finished and ready to ride by next Wednesday, serving from 11 a.m. to midnight in the taqueria, and 5 p.m. until late in the restaurant. Even longer hours, weekend brunch, and the tasting counter will come later.
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