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Provecho Brings New Mexican to Financial District

By Sophia Kercher
Published: Monday, December 08, 2008, at 04:46PM
Provecho Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The highlight of the dining room is a large window onto the kitchen, partially obscured by falling water during operating hours. In front of the window is the ceviche bar.



Provecho is the type of establishment you wear nice shoes to. The recently opened fine Mexican dining establishment in the Financial District invites opulence with its floor to ceiling windows and sleek design. The eatery is headed by L.A. native chef Gabriel Morales, who earned his culinary stripes from kitchens in Italy to France and back to California.

“There wasn’t really good Mexican cuisine downtown,” Morales says about his culinary selection for Provecho. After a long wait, he opened both the restaurant and martini lounge Remedy last week.

While that may be arguable, Morales is bringing some fresh ideas to Downtown dining. One of the focal points of the restaurant is the ceviche bar. Diners face the chef's fish-slicing action and a glass waterfall above the kitchen. Morales explains his ceviche is not the heavily marinated cocktail version that many Americans are familiar with, but something closer to sashimi. Some of his raw bar favorites include just-out-of-the-water halibut and octopus with fresh lemon juice. Also on the menu is lobster chile rellenos, chorizo-crusted day boat scallops and other modern Mexican cuisine.

Downtown dwellers and business folk will find the restaurant, located on Wilshire next to Flower, a place to impress the boss or get romantic under Provecho’s high ceiling. Those still ready to play after dinner can step across the hall to Morales’ martini lounge Remedy. The bar has an entrance on Flower and can be reached within the restaurant.

The urban drinkery has opened with far less fanfare than its fine dining counterpart, but has already gotten a decent turnout of Downtown nightlife-goers as an alternative to velvet-ropes at the Standard and Elevate. Morales hopes to keep the cocktail lounge a welcoming, no-line necessary environment and a venue for businesses. The upstairs V.I.P. area is set up for screenings, presentations and private parties with its own sound system, DJ booth and TV screens.

Remedy shares a kitchen with Provecho, but not the menu. It offers American fare that still has the chef’s culinary sensibility. Some menu selections include fresh salads paired with seasonal fruits, pasilla crusted ahi tuna and ricotta swiss chard ravioli.

Provecho is located at 800 Wilshire Blvd. and opens for dinner this Wednesday. Remedy is located behind the restaurant on Flower.

Scope out Provecho’s full menu at http://www.ProvechoLA.com.

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