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First-Time Restaurateur Rami Haddad Proudly Introduces his Latest Endeavor in Los Angeles County: Cocina Condesa

Cocina Condesa is one of those places you notice when you pass by. It’s outdoor patio is decorated with cute little cacti and succulents planted along the railing that divides the patio from the sidewalk of Ventura Boulevard.  Floor to ceiling windows open up the interior space which is rustic and colorful. David Maman Design has completely revamped the space incorporating antique decorations, which pay homage to the history of Mexican Culture and creates a beautiful ambience in the space. Cocina Condesa showcases the work of Executive Chef, Marco Marquez. The concept of the restaurant is Marquez’s take on Mexican street food plus Executive Beverage Director Glenn Lorenzo is now responsible for curating Cocina Condesa’s Mezcaleria

The list of “Cocteles” aka the cocktail list of traditional Latin cocktails skews away from those overly sweet and obvious drinks. Our drink of choice for the night is a light and refreshing Bronco. We had them make it with tequila instead of whiskey. Both are great compliments to the drink’s seasonal ingredients of fresh watermelon juice and ginger. 

      From its food and drinks, to the interior and exterior decor, everything about Cocina Condesa has a little extra pop of seasoning and color. High lights on the menu included the “Guacamole Loco” made with pineapple, sun dried tomato, and diced mango and the “Ceviche de Pescado,” with shrimp, lime, red onion, jalapeno, cucumber, plantain chips, and strawberry rhubarb salsa. The absolute favorite and must have is definitely the Mexican street corn lathered with Tapatio aioli, cotija cheese, chili, and lime. The corn is like crack. We suggest ordering two (we definitely did).
      Located in the heart of Studio City, Cocina Condesa showcases unique elements of Mexican street fare influences. A distinctive addition to the growing restaurant scene, Cocina Condesa gives patrons just another reason to stop neglecting the valley and start experiencing Los Angeles’s vibrant culture just off the 101.

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