I think I have a new favorite Martini Bar!
Not long ago I was in Downtown Los Angeles looking for a place to stop in and quench my thirst. I wasn’t really looking for a high end restaurant, more of a neighborhood bar. However, I did end up at a very nice restaurant, stopping at Kendall’s Brasserie & Bar and I’m very glad I did.
I am familiar with Kendall’s having eaten there several times over the years before various events a that the Los Angeles Music Center. Kendall’s is located on the ground floor below the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
I did not eat a meal at my recent visit though I can attest that their food has, in the past, always been excellent. I have no reason to doubt that it remains so.
But I did have a Martini, in fact a couple. I have to admit that I did not order my usual Bombay Sapphire as my ‘control’ drink. I was impressed with the number and selection of gins they had. So, not wanting to drink to the point of oblivion and still wanting to try some of these gins, I skipped the Sapphire. Instead I tried the “Perry’s Tot Navy Strength” and “Dorothy Parker” from the New York Distilling Company.
They were both very good, thought I especially liked the Perry’s Tot. As its ‘navy strength’ (114 proof) it is bold! The taste is predominantly Juniper but with some nice citrus notes and a bit of sweetness to round it out. Excellent for a Martini or even a G&T, if your’re so inclined.
The Dorothy Parker was more delicate. There is still Juniper dominating the flavor but with a lot more floral elements and a touch of spice. An excellent Martini if one prefers a more floral taste.
For Selection Kendall’s earns an A:
Their collection of gins on the day I visited included the following: New York Distilling Company’s “Perry’s Tot” Navy Strength and “Dorothy Parker”, Beefeater 24, Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Plymouth, Aviation, Oxley, St. George Terroir, Tanqueray Malacca, Ford’s, Edinburgh, & Martin Miller. Their collection does change periodically.
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