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Sophisticated Snacking in Father's Office

April 12, 2001|ANGELA PETTERA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Nosh on This: Father's Office, the slyly named Santa Monica bar owned by former Michael's chef Sang Yoon, has started serving a bar menu. Yoon is offering a beer-friendly noshing menu that is striking a little more sophisticated note than quesadillas and buffalo wings: spicy olives ($4.50), house-cured white anchovies ($3.50), sandwich of serrano ham and aged Manchego cheese ($9.50), fried mussels ($9.50), wild boar bratwurst with red cabbage ($9.50) and more. The bar menu is served after 5 p.m. nightly. Father's Office is at 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; (310) 393-2337 . . . Granita chef Jennifer Naylor has rolled out a tapas menu for Fridays only. She's serving sizzling garlic shrimp ($6), crispy calamari ($4), tortillas Espanolas ($3) and more. Tapas are available Friday nights after 6 p.m. Granita is in the Malibu Colony Plaza, 23725 W. Malibu Road, Malibu; (310) 456-0488 . . . The Sidewalk Cafe has invited Loren Cooper, a private chef who trained at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, to cook Cajun dishes every Friday night in its kitchen. Cooper sends out seafood gumbo ($6.95), jambalaya ($7.95), shrimp po' boys ($7.95) and bananas Foster ($6.95), among other dishes. Cooper's specialties are available after 6 p.m. Fridays. The Sidewalk Cafe is at 1401 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach; (310) 399-5547.

Get That Autograph: Piero Selvaggio, owner of Valentino restaurant, will be at Dutton's Books in Brentwood Friday at 7 p.m. signing copies of his new book, "The Valentino Cookbook" ($34.95).

* Dutton's Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood; (310) 476-6263.

Here are more Easter dining suggestions:

Rockenwagner restaurant is not only offering a special $24.95 three-course Easter brunch (with choices for appetizer, main course and dessert) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday but throughout April (and possibly into May), it's the season for the restaurant's annual Spargelkarte or white asparagus menu. (Some white asparagus dishes even show up on the Easter brunch menu--there's a white asparagus soup and a white asparagus omelet.) Spargelkarte dishes include marinated white asparagus with Kobe beef carpaccio ($16) and a pound of steamed white asparagus with new potatoes, vinaigrette and homemade mayonnaise ($29.50). New this year is a wine menu of German, Austrian and Alsatian wines meant to go with the white asparagus dishes. The wines are available by the bottle or glass, or in 2-ounce flights.

* Rockenwagner, the Edgemar Complex, 2435 Main St., Santa Monica; (310) 399-6504.

The Easter bunny will make an appearance at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel to give out candy in the Wedgewood Ballroom. Two Easter-egg hunts will take place in the garden. The buffet brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include stuffed leg of lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, pecan chicken, Peking duck, chilled seafood, cheeses and more. The tab is $52 for adults, $22 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and under.

* The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 319-3113.

Los Feliz restaurant dishes up a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with muffins, juice, choice of entree and dessert. Entree choices include eggs Benedict, a salmon omelet and French toast with blueberries. It's $30 for adults ($24 without champagne), $15 for children under 10.

* Los Feliz, 2138 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 666-8666.

Figaro has a champagne brunch Sunday that begins with a croissant (plain or chocolate) and then offers meals of eggs Benedict, wild-mushroom scrambled eggs or eggs Florentine (each with side dishes). The price is $22. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Figaro, 1802 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 662-2874.

Angela Pettera can be reached at (213) 237-3153 or at pettera@prodigy.net.

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