11 Westside is spearheaded by Mexican chef Esdras Ochoa of Los Angeles' lauded Mexican restaurant Salazar and beverage director Daniel Eun, a man with experience at some of America's best bars, including New York speakeasy PDT. Located around the back of The Hudson on Davis Street in Kennedy Town, the 4,000sq ft venue is gorgeous. With exposed concrete walls and leather banquettes, the contrast of chic chandeliers, a hip-hop soundtrack and certain quirky touches – like a huge gold frame surrounding a single spoon – douses the joint with a healthy dose of So Cal cool.
Start proceedings with freshly made guac made with Peruvian and Mexican avos from Kennedy Town's wet market – together with a selection of seasonings including lime, red onion, coriander, toasted pepitas, and Chinese chillies and queso fresco cheese – that pairs perfectly with the side of golden house-made tortilla chips. Sink your teeth into street-style tacos, all topped with a smoky salsa molcajete and guacamole and almost crepe-like. Drinks-wise, sip on agave-based cocktails such as La Paloma made with tequila, grapefruit soda and salt. The cocktails alone are worth visiting for but head to its adjacent bar, The Wilshire, if you're looking for some serious craft tipples.