We went to Boxer (restaurant previously occupying the Cobras space on Beverly), and found it too loud. So despite the fact that we wanted to try the new food, we just havent made it over to the Beverly C&M.
So to hear there was another C&M closer to home made it irresistible.
We got there early on Saturday, say 7pm. We were the first ones in the place. Theres parking on the side, but it was full when we left.
There were some specials: ribeye steak, ahi, and other stuff. As it was our first time there, we asked the waitress what was most popular. She listed off a bunch of stuff, and we compared her list to the list we had come up with from the menu. We had 2 hits, so we figured we were off to a good start.
We ordered the octopus, lentils, mushrooms and chorizo tortilla, along with a glass of sangria.
Just after we ordered, they brought some olives and almonds, along with the sangria and waters. The black and green olives were coated with a curry paste that made them truly addicting. The almonds were fresh and crunchy, and benefited from being close to the curry-crusted olives.
The sangria was okay. It was thick, and didnt have any fruit in the glass (a plus). It was sweet, but not overly sweet. There was just nothing that made it stand out. Somehow it was okay for what we were eating, but I would never recommend it otherwise.
The space is inviting. There are brick walls, resin over concrete floors, and a big translucent room divider that splits the area into two zones. They put brown paper (ala shopping bag) on the tables, and stamped the paper with their name and phone number. I liked the stamp. Somehow it made the paper special.
The octopus came out first. It was 5 very small octopi (?) in a tasty green sauce. Im not sure what was in the sauce, but my hunch is basil, olive oil and garlic. We loved it. We each had two and split the last one. And then it was over. There was a lot of sauce left, and no way to enjoy it.
Then came the next dishes lentils and mushrooms. At that time I asked the waitress for some bread and another sangria. I wanted the bread to soak up the delicious sauce that came with the octopus. She was initially taken aback that we wanted bread, but quickly agreed to send some over.
THE LENTILS ARE REALLY GOOD. The beans are small, and not saucy. They taste smokey because they have some pancetta (or maybe actual Spanish ham) in there, along with some other tasty morsals. Order this.
THE MUSHROOMS ARE REALLY GOOD. They are served with a nice wine/sherry sauce and are perfectly cooked. As you bite into them, you initially get the flavor of the sauce, but as you bite down, the firmness of the fresh mushroom takes hold. Theres a wonderful release of mushroom flavor as you complete the bite. Order this.
The second sangria and bread came out next. The bread consisted of 7 small slices of toasted, buttered bread with some herbs on it. It was like someone sliced a *1 inch round* baguette into ¼ inch slices, buttered it, put some parsley on it, and put it in the toaster. Not what I was hoping for. We used it to scoop (versus soak) up the sauce.
The tortilla was good (note that unlike in Mexico, tortilla in Spain basically means omellete). Served with a dollop of sour cream in the middle and an aioli of some sort drizzled around the edges. This was our bulk of the meal, and it served the purpose well. It has potatoes and chorizo, and was quite satisfying. I actually cant imagine it without the chorizo, as it was barely interesting enough for us to finish it.
This was enough food for two of us. It was about $50 before tip, and I think it was worth it. The service was very good, and we definitely plan to go back.
Cobras & Matadors
4655 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027