The BoardRoom launches inside Kendall’s Brasserie, offering sultrier options for those seeking a drink at the long-standing French restaurant. Guests can expect throwback craft cocktails, French small plates, and live music in a dimly lit space full of vintage literary ephemera.
Kendall’s Brasserie has been serving French cuisine in downtown Los Angeles since 1989, and it’s a popular stop for those attending a performance at the adjacent Los Angeles Music Center. Kendall’s recently underwent a revamp that resulted in some cosmetic changes to its interior and a few fresh additions to its menu via Chef Jean-Pierre Bosc, who took inspiration from his hometown of Lyon, France. The BoardRoom is somewhat hidden, making it yet one more addition to Los Angeles’s “speakeasy” scene. Guests may enter through a side door inconspicuously marked “Dona & Dwight Kendall Board Room.”
Each night will feature a variety of live performances, which may include poetry, jazz, and the occasional chanteuse.
The décor is decidedly dark, featuring midnight blue walls, well-traversed Persian rugs, and lots of wood and leather. Cocktails come via mixologist Evan Charest and “cocktail connoisseur” Christina Russo (Salazar), with each drink named after a different iconic artist or author. For instance, the William Faulkner is a boozy mix of bacon-washed bourbon, sugar, orange peel, and bitters. The more delicate Virginia Woolf Punch Bowl can be shared by several. It’s a bright mix of champagne, aged rum, sugar, blackberries, raspberries, lime, and pineapple, just in time for spring. The more autumnal Marcel Proust Punch Bowl is Christian Drouin Calvados (apple brandy), Absolut Elyx vodka, apple, lemon, and lavender.
“At The BoardRoom, we want to celebrate that which has been lost and forgotten. Our cocktails were inspired by art and literary figures from the early to mid-20th century, created with underutilized spirits like Calvados, Armagnac, Batavia Arrack, etc. Our vision was to create a sort of haven for those who appreciate fine art, culture, and a stiff drink,” Charest said.
Menu items include rich plates suitable for sharing, like the oxtail poutine or the escargot shooters. The latter consists of escargot baked into a puff pastry with garlic butter. Break the pastry shell with a spoon to reveal the flavorful goodness hidden within. Particularly voracious guests might prefer the French dip sandwich, the beef bourguignon “Sloppy Joe,” or the Black Market Burger, consisting of a coarse-ground patty topped with Comté cheese, foie gras, onions caramelized in red wine, truffle aioli, and arugula on brioche.
The BoardRoom is open 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.
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