Caché, the new project from Mélisse chef Josiah Citrin and chef de cuisine Nyesha Arrington, is slated to officially open this Friday. The restaurant is taking over the space once occupied by Hidden on Main Street in Santa Monica—Hidden was lovely, but had some serious issues (a food expert friend claims she had her credit card number stolen by the bar staff there, just to give you an idea). I’m glad to see the spot is being put to good use.
The menu aims to feature “market-based, contemporary American dishes.” What that means: charcuterie plates, wood-fried calamari, a market wedge salad with blue cheese, egg, and bacon, Scottish salmon with caper-raisins and pine nuts in verjus, hanger steak with Maui onion rings and a chimchurri sauce, Kurobuta pork chop with pineapple chutney, plus a smattering of intriguing veggie sides. There will also be a rotating menu of wood-fired flatbreads and a separate bar/lounge menu that takes full advantage of the “delicious things in cute little mason jars” trend, plus snacks like sliders (really Josiah? Sliders?) and Parmesan truffle fries.
We’ve always wondered why Main Street isn’t more of a foodie strip. While this doesn’t sound like it’s breaking any new ground (Craftbar, Palate, Rustic Canyon, and Westside Tavern all ring a bell), I’d count on Josiah taking this to another level.