It’s been a long and winding road for Caldo Verde and Cara Cara, the double restaurant and lounge properties at the Downtown LA Proper Hotel, but now the end – or rather the beginning – is here. The two highly anticipated projects from Los Angeles restaurant veterans Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne open for service next week, ending a tumultuous series of twists and turns that have taken years to navigate. Fortunately, two of LA’s best and most famous operators never gave up.
At Caldo Verde, due to open before October 15, Downtown diners will get a taste of Chef Goin’s love of Portuguese and Spanish flavors, spread over breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be chorizo and eggs with sofrito to start the morning, plus horchata egg pie and sticky buns for those on the go. For lunch, salads, market fish with chickpeas and peppers and sandwiches are served. And hearty dinner dishes include blood sausage-filled rabbit, hanger steak and more. Decadent options like a chocolate ganache torte with spicy fig-port compote will be available as a sweeter night drink, while Styne will oversee the beverage side of things, especially leaning into boutique wines from Portugal, Spain and California.
Caldo Verde will be the front and center at the lobby level of the 148-room Downtown LA Proper Hotel at 1100 S. Broadway in the South Park neighborhood, spread over nearly 2,500 feet of space and with room for banquets, dinner tables or elbows eating at the bar. The famous Kelly Wearstler, who also designed the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica, is behind Caldo Verde’s design.
Upstairs Cara Cara you can expect views, a pool and lots of more stackable dishes like piri piri -fried chicken, tacos and seasonal focaccia. Given that Styne and Goin (AOC, Lucques, Larder Baking Company) have partnered with the correct one here, seasonal ingredients — be it vegan antipasto or other major meat-free dishes — will also be fully displayed on 5,000 square feet. taken.
The Caldo Verde menu will also be available for in-room dining at the hotel. And there is still a lack of Dalia, a cocktail lounge and bar on the ground floor that will offer its own menu. Opening menus for Cara Cara and Caldo Verde are below.
Caldo Verde is expected to open Friday, October 15, and hold hours from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. (for dinner Thursday through Saturday) for dinner, with Saturday and Sunday brunch running from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cara Cara upstairs will reveal her views on the roof some time next week with her own hours from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday (extended to midnight Thursday to Saturday). Both locations will be available for reservations on OpenTable.