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Sayulita Mondrian Los Angeles

Surf’s Up in West Hollywood
May 20, 2014
By , Managing Editor & Writer

On a clear day in L.A. (admittedly rare), you can almost see the grills being fired up at Baja’s beachside taco stands. But getting there still means a two-hour slog south on the I-5. Instead, pop by the new pop-up Sayulita at Mondrian Los Angeles in West Hollywood. Named after the Mexican surf town, the “free-spirited” (their words) taqueria sits on faux grass poolside at SkyBar. The beachy menu salutes Baja with fish tacos piled with avocado and pork belly with charred-melon salsa folded in a warm corn tortilla.

But the real draw is the cocktails, which were designed for an important activity: day drinking. Barmen Julian Cox and Josh Goldman of the Soigné Group (Circa, Acabar) developed a dual menu: tequila drinks, like Butterfly Kisses (mezcal, lemon, strawberry), but also a cold-pressed cocktail program – the first of its type in L.A. They consulted a model-turned-nutritionist to create libations that “pack in whole fruits and vegetables.” Which means you can sip alcohol while replenishing vitamins, so you can make it to your morning spin cycle class. Or not. If you decide to skip the Kale, Kale Rock and Roll cocktail (understandable), there’s always the classic menu, with drinks like the Mad Men Martini. It's Don Draper time.

(Photos courtesy of Sayulita, Mondrian Los Angeles)