Nestled on an unassuming stretch of Hyperion Avenue is one of LA’s most beautiful — and delicious — new restaurants. Ceviche Project has officially set up shop in Silverlake, and it’s an experience not to be missed.
Chef Octavio Olivas has been dishing up his iconic ceviche for years — drawing crowds at food festivals and pop-ups — but this is his first permanent brick & mortar location. The space is small but we almost prefer it that way — belly up to the bar to see Octavio thoughtfully craft each dish. The menu features artful creations like kanpachi tostadas topped with trout roe, snow crab claws with chile de arbol sauce, and scallops on the half shell topped with uni. Each dish is more vibrant and beautiful than the last, with unexpected flavor combinations. (The edible flowers sourced from local farmers’ markets are a nice touch.) Of course, the experience is only bettered by the fantastic selection of natural wines — though we might be inclined to recommend a handcrafted michelada.
The design of the space has hints of Hollywood Regency (think gilded seashells and a glowing brass bar), but is really more of a tropical paradise than anything. A record player plays music that transports you to a laid back beach town, and each design element thoughtfully complements the menu. For example, take a closer look at the sleek marble counters and you’ll see a pattern that resembles oyster shells. It’s a glamorous addition to the neighborhood and where you’ll find our team all summer long.
Ceviche Project is located at 2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 5-10pm, Friday to Saturday 5-11pm, and Sunday brunch 11am-3pm. No reservations. Walk-ins only.