There are some restaurants in Los Angeles that have achieved a sort of double-edged iconic status. Their names have been cemented in history due to the decades of their resilience – a resulting longevity which suggests, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Yet. We can all agree that the definition of “ain’t broke,” or “competent,” has evolved in regards to the way we have grown to consider cocktails today, which is in itself a wonderful thing. Kate Mantelini, a place that is all at once regarded as a Beverly Hills “coffee shop” [Zagat], power lunch hub and pinpoint on every star map in existence, has effectively shed their 1980s-era defunct ways of creating and enjoying cocktails thanks to the new menu by Devon Espinoza.
It’s not often when I visit a place on occasion of a press release – and actually, I had asked Lindsay and H.C. to forward it to me, so Twitter gets the credit for this one. Something has to have really grabbed at me, and in this case it was the Black & Black. This is no Black & Tan variation, mind you – nor the latest beer float. This is one of two new signature drinks at Lamill Coffee in Silver Lake combining two of my favorite things originating in two completely different categories.
Half Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout and half iced Organic Lamill House Coffee, my pre-dinner libation consumed over the composition of this blog post was sufficiently weighty to a stout and porters fan like myself. But I also felt comfortable about evading a premature nap session (I am borderline narcoleptic and pass out in even extremely loud environments) because the house coffee, which is cold-brewed, was perfectly blended with the beer and even lightened up the overall beverage whilst giving it that awesome Lamill kick. The black to my black, indeed – and don’t ask me to choose which came first. The overall result is more impressive than the sum of its parts, and that would be dark and delicious.
The other signature drink to debut today is a Tea Champagne (Imperial Palace Brut Blanc de Blancs with Lamillâ€™s Organic White Pomogranite or Holiday in the Cup Tea). Or, perhaps you’d like to explore the sake menu, including the accessible Kuro Kabuto Junmai Daiginjo ($7 per glass) or the 21% rice grain-polished Dassai Junmai Daiginjo ($16 per glass). Full bottles of a separate selection of sake are also available.
Feel like beer? Get a pint of reliable Allagash White for a surprisingly reasonable $4.5 or go for an exotic orange brew like the Japanese Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale ($8) or citrusy-sweet Ozeno Yukidoke IPA ($10). Got a sour palate? How about a Duchesse de Bourgogne, a sour ale from Belgium aged in oak barrels?
The predominantly French wine portion of the menu offers even further selection for folks who are in the mood for a glass of white or red. It’s apparent that Lamill is looking to corner the market in matters of tasteful elixirs and with this menu expansion, there’s a little more something for everyone. As a result, Lamill will become a little less known for their $12 Chemex coffee brews because customers now have access to rare, $10 Japanese beers.