From their perch on a dining table, Blu Orkid’s eponymous flowers watch over the restaurant’s hustle and bustle, which begins as bakers knead fresh bread in the early morning and ends once dinner plates are rounded up after midnight. Breakfasts of frittatas and brioche french toast pique appetites for lunches and dinners of tuna-almondine sandwiches, pears poached in port and topped with bleu cheese, and salmon flavored with miso and meyer lemons. In the bakery, chefs torch sugar atop crème brûulée and serve chocolate lava cake. They dish out their gourmet treats at sunny patio tables or indoors amid palm fronds, blue mood lighting, and chandeliers that wish they could feel love.
In simplified fashion, karma is illustrated in the dining room of Karma Restaurant Bar & Lounge each day. Polite waiters are rewarded for their work with tips, and diners reap the benefits of their past acts of kindness while enjoying meals with good friends. The menu offers a full spectrum of traditional Indian dishes, from rich lamb-coconut curry to vegan-friendly plates of yellow daal, all perfectly scooped up with soft pieces of plain, garlic, or olive naan. To bolster the dining experience, the staff surrounds guests with Indian artwork and pairs dishes with classic beverages such as masala-infused chai tea or mango lassi.
With a stay at Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica (Beach Cities), you'll be minutes from Original Muscle Beach and close to Santa Monica Pier. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Santa Monica College and Muscle Beach Venice.
Make yourself at home in one of the 129 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Relax and take in ocean and city views from the privacy of your room. DVD players and CD players are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have deep soaking bathtubs and televisions.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include concierge services, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities.
Start a romantic evening with a Dungeness crab cake with aioli, caper, lemon, and coleslaw ($15) and a bowl of the soup of the day ($10). Eye entrees like the soft and succulent roasted half chicken with fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, mixed wild mushrooms, and pearl onions ($24) and the braised short ribs with polenta, Swiss chard, and salsa verde ($25). Complete the circle of life by burying your fork in a slice of key lime pie with guava puree and mango sorbet ($10) or the chocolate chocolate chocolate trio ($16), whose richness is so deadly it was, until recently, banned by nonproliferation treaties. If you've recently cycled through Fraiche and think you've tasted it all, try the new lunch menu. The chopped salad with Italian cured meats, tomato, provolone, and chick peas ($13) and the Moroccan lamb sausage sandwich with harissa aioli ($13) offer just the right noontime spice-kick to erase your morning malaise.
Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella scours the Santa Monica Farmers Market for fresh and local produce. Then he lets his customers decide how to use them. With Copa D’Ora’s make-your-own cocktail program, guests choose from a long list of spirits (Plymouth gin, Buffalo Trace bourbon, Hardy’s V.S. cognac), fresh herbs (basil, mint, sage), jams, organic juices, and vegetables. Then Vincenzo, who studied his craft in Sydney, New York, and London, takes care of the rest, blending it all and filling tumblers, martini glasses, and highballs full of a libation wholly personalized to each patron. He also offers an extensive list of pre-designed cocktails that also bear the mixologist’s distinct liquid signature.
The farmers market doesn't only play a part in the cocktail menu—Copa D'Oro's food is also prepared with the local ingredients. Panini sandwiches on LaBrea Bakery’s sourdough bread and platters brimming with artisanal cheese and Nostrano salami mirror the sophistication of the space. As the LA Times notes, there are no “shrill sorority sisters or high-fivin' sports fans…no DJs, no television.” Rather, plush leather banquettes and lounge chairs gather regally amid soft lighting, exposed brick walls with tasteful works of art, and exposed beams that zigzag above the dining room.
Extract Juice Bar resounds with buzzing blenders that liquefy fruits and vegetables into an array of juice and smoothie concoctions. Past vintage motorcycle and gas pump, the kitchen staff whips limes, apples, ginger, and spinach leaves into The Leaf and combines cucumber, pineapple, and jalapeño to yield The Flash's smoothie froth. They also assemble vegetarian sandwiches and vegan dishes during breakfast and lunch hours.