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review of Hillmont in Los Feliz

Patty | Jun 2, 200209:31 PM

Friday night my friend and I tried the new place on Hollywood Blvd. (between Vermont and Hillhurst) recently opened by the guy from Cobras and Matadors. The concept is sort of trendy vintage Mediterranean seafood/steakhouse, if that makes any sense. You order at the counter first and then sit at long communual tables. We started with a grilled asparagus salad with grated romano cheese, perfectly charred with a generous dollop of herb butter. Before we were done, my entree appeared, but my friend's didn't come out until well after. I had the seafood and fries platter, two jumbo prawns and three jumbo scallops grilled with again, generous quantities of butter and a green mayo sauce on the side. The fries were pretty tasty after marinating in all that butter. My friend had the grilled yellowtail (with herb butter, how surprising) and the roasted wild mushrooms on the side. There are several nice sides to choose from (corn waffles, spinach with apples), you get to choose one with each entree. The steaks/chicken/fish entrees are around $15 to $25, extra sides $5 each, salads around $9. There's no liquor license yet but they made us fresh mint tea in a plunger pot and there's no corkage. For dessert they will bake cookies fresh for you, they also had some other interesting sounding things, homemade mint chip ice cream, french toast, etc. They also have some interesting soups and salads for starters. We had to request bread but when it came it was nice toasted sourdough slices with a pot of ...herb butter!
All in all, I would say the food is excellent if a little buttery, although it's chophouse and not tapas it seems to taste similar to Cobras and Matadors. The service is still a little spotty but it's only been open two weeks, there were only four or five other parties there. My friend proclaimed insistently that they must get rid of the ordering and paying at the counter system. I agreed it's kind of silly to pay $20 for an entree and sit on a bench and order at the counter as if you're at some funky seafood place on the coast.

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