Grandmaster Recorders is Hollywood’s most glamorous new restaurant and nightclub
One of Hollywood’s most exciting new openings is Recorders, a former recording studio that combines 50 years of musical history in a cocktail bar, a rooftop bar and an expansive Italian restaurant. The Botanical Hospitality Group nightclub incorporates memorabilia from the legendary space that played host to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Kanye West, David Bowie and many more.
The resort is located in the area known as the Hollywood Vinyl District for its concentration of music-oriented spots. âHollywood is going through a huge transformation, and we’re really excited to be a part of it,â said Grant Smillie, co-owner of Botanical. Variety.
Try selections from the cocktail program, like a bespoke martini set with a caviar “bump” or NFT – Negronis for the table – at the bar located in the old check-in booth, which is decked out in glam gold. . In the next room, a huge mirror ball – from “Dancing With the Stars” – provides a backdrop for in-store musical entertainment. âThe bar at the 71 studios is the most interesting room,â says Smillie. âWe have kept its original footprint so that the drum room, control room and main recording room are all intact. It was essential for me that we keep this particular room. “
Upstairs in the spacious restaurant, Culinary Director and Chef de Cuisine Monty Koludrovic takes a New World approach to Italian cuisine. Incorporating ideas from his Australian origins, he creates “foods that Nonna would recognize but not necessarily cook on her own.”
Sourcing from suppliers in suburban Los Angeles, Australia and other countries, such as TransparentSea Farm shrimp, Weiser Family Farms products, and Peads & Barnett pork, Koludrovic designs dishes like the insalata di pesce (on the extensive crudo menu), sourdough cavatelli with slow cooking lamb, truffle and crunchy chili burrata and a stew of mussels, clams, fish and Maine lobster with a side of lobster grits. The chef shows off his favorites on La Casa Mangia’s four-course tasting menu, or order dishes cooked on the wood-fired grill like barolo-glazed wagyu beef cheek or Bistecca Fiorentina sirloin steak in a salt crust .
His wife, pastry chef Jaci Koludrovic, gives the classic tiramisu a musical touch: a chocolate disc tops the dessert, with the restaurant’s logo imprinted on the edible disc label. But don’t miss out on all of its passion fruit sorbet, with the refreshing and tangy fruit stuffed into its own shell.
At the top of the building, a more casual bar menu features fried stuffed olives, panini, and chicken vodka, plus stunning views of Hollywood.
1518 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
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