Mohawk Bend officially opened its doors this month. Echo Park Patch was invited to a tasting.
From the menu, trust the appetizers and salads. Portions are big enough to share. Outstanding was the Cazuela: Shrimp and Bilbao chorizo on soft cheese (Tillamook Cheddar as it happens) and corn polenta. The dish is layered, so take a deep spoonful or give it a stir to get all the flavors.
The Keenwah salad is a generous portion of arugula with pistachios and a lemon dressing next to a quinoa mixed with raisins and herbs. A great duet for the taste buds.
Cocktails on the menu are made with California sourced liquors. Some are sweet, some let the flavor of the alcohol rise above nicely.
For those who prefer to taste their spirits, try the New Old-Fashioned, with a muddled brandied cherry opening up the flavor of the rye.
For the lemony take on rye, the Scofflaw is a straightforward drink served on the rocks, a little bit sweet, a little bit tart. The assortment of beers on tap is impressive, too many to mention.
The restaurant is spacious and offers many seating options. You enter past the front patio/smoking area. Once inside, the options are to sit at a booth or on the stools lining the bars as well as those surrounding a large table in the middle of the room; a very social area.
The back room is stellar. Better suited for intimate dinners, it shows off the scale of the former movie theatre, replacing the screen with a massive fireplace.