Too bad about Cleo L.A. Live.
We had a really good meal during dine/LA 2017. Forgive me, I can’t remember full details of the meal. But I and my 2 dinner companions enjoyed it. A chain? Yes. Enjoyable meal? Yes. Fried things were crispy, dips and cheeses were creamy, tangy, herby, garlicky; flat breads were good; meats (lamb & beef/flesh, necks & ribs) were properly cooked.
Lablabi - Soup w/Chickpeas, Harissa, Tomatoes, Cumin
Delicious standout for me.
Spicy Cigars - Brik Pastry, Spiced Beef, Lebaneh (sic?) Feta
Another standout - crispy, savory insides, delicious creamy tangy lebaneh & feta.
The delicious, well cooked, can’t quite remembers…
Passion Fruit (I think) Panna Cotta
I love a good panna cotta and remember that the gelato or sorbet on top was superfluous and blighted the whole dish.
The lighting isn’t conducive to photo taking. Which is a shame, because the plating of the food and the space is lovely.
I’m not really surprised Cleo is not making it at L.A. Live. I sometimes wonder how anything does. I think the establishments are like bears. They load up during sport seasons and concert events, then live off reserves the rest of the year. I don’t think a place like Cleo is on the radar of that particular demographic. It’s probably a nice stand alone date night or fun dinner with friends type place. It doesn’t help when you go on the website and SBE is promoting everything in terms of fun nightlife. Food in the restaurants get a passing mention.