With all the dining options, both new and old, all over LA, there is very little need to go back to the same place. But there is one spot that I intend to go back to on a regular basis and that is Cube.
No, the sign doesn't fall under the LA moratorium on billboards. It is Cube's signage and it is huge. You can't miss it. It's also a good way to find The Tar Pit Bar, which is right next door.
Dinner at Cube was a last minute decision and I was afraid we wouldn't be able to get a table. Luckily, we scored seats at the communal table in the back. The communal table, which can also be reserved for private parties, is a converted walk in fridge. It was a unique and perfect setting for an evening of conversation and food.
Take time to go through the broad menu. From salads to not so small plates to pastas and entrees, the menu requires careful consideration. Your best bet is to order a flight of cheese, a glass of wine and then start on the menu.
Once we placed our order, we were presented with an amuse bouche. If you're a cheese lover, Cube should be high on your list of places to check out. The list of cheeses runs deep with over sixty options to choose from. Ten to fifteen cheeses, a few bottles of wine, and friends would make for a fantastic afternoon/evening at Cube. This will happen soon.
A restaurant that notates the cheeses, nice touch. It saves the staff from having to repeat themselves and saves me from having to remember what I'm eating. My next trip back, this plate will be larger.
The maltagliati was rich, but not over the top from the way it was described on the menu. It was an excellent starter. This was my dining partner's dish of the night.
Winner, winner, bacon dinner. Aside from the cheese, this dish is worth coming back for over and over again. Maple braised bacon, does it really require any commentary?
Don't be fooled by the generic menu description. This is a serious f'in burger made with premium cuts of meat, short rib and hanger steak I believe, housed between a spongy, sweet, brioche bun. The chipotle ketchup provides a nice kick. The only thing I would do differently next time would be to order this burger black and blue. Contender for top burger in LA? Definitely. A Hamburger Today and Lindsay of LAist both agree.
Or as we called it, Chinese veggies. It was my vegetable intake for the evening.
Not sold on the balsamic glaze, but the mac and cheese itself was good.
Completely stuffed, we naturally ordered dessert. Rich would be an understatement.
The main reason I'll be going back to Cube has to do with something that's not captured in these pictures and it is the staff. The staff at Cube was engaging, attentive, friendly, and helpful, but they also knew when to be ninjas. Whether it was a refill of toasted pita bread, more wine, or water, the staff never interrupted our conversations. They knew when to be there, when to be engaged, and most importantly, when to leave us alone. There was never a rush to move onto the next course. It was just a very smooth operation that made the evening that much more enjoyable.
Fantastic service, a serious cheese selection, good wines, and a great menu, you can't go wrong at Cube Café and Marketplace.
Cube Café, Cheese Bar and Marketplace
615 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036