Que Padre Debuts In Pacific Palisades…LA Restaurant Review

A new restaurant recently popped up in the Pacific Palisades Village.

Tuesday, I walked into town after the lunch time rush to check it out.

Nestled in a corner of the idyllic  “Pleasantville” Palisades Village is Que Padre.

The restaurant, located in the appealing shopping center, is a locally sourced, modern take on Mexican cuisine.

Que Padre is owned by Rick Caruso, the Village and LA Grove billionaire real estate developer who is considering a run for mayor of Los Angeles…interesting fact, Caruso’s father, Henry, was the founder of Dollar Rent-A-Car.

Jade, the enthusiastic, charming manager, is a fabulous ambassador for Que Padre.

We settled in outside where Que Padre’s dining space abuts with Blue Ribbon Sushi.

We began the food fest with house-made chips accented with lime zest and served with red and green salsas ($5).

We also ordered Esquites, roasted corn off the cob with chipotle aioli, toasted chile de árbol, lime and cotija ($5).

I chose the Lobster en Nogada which is comprised of poached lobster tail, walnut cream sauce, pomegranate and  micro cilantro ($14).

It is served on homemade corn tortillas, but I selected the Make it a Bowl (+$8) option with rice and beans. Also offered is the Make It a Salad (+$9) with cured cactus, jalapeño slaw, tomato, onions, cucumber, tortilla crisps, queso fresco mixed with avocado dressing.

The lobster was sweet and grilled to perfection…I would have loved more lobster meat!
My lunch partner ordered The Pescado ($9) with grilled Halibut, chipotle-chile de árbol aioli, avocado cream, pickled onion, cilantro (served on a flour tortilla) and also offered in a homemade corn taco shell. Once again we chose the bowl.

We were encouraged to sample the delicious Mexican Chocolate Churros Served with tequila guajillo reduction and chocolate sauce ($5). We indulged with an espresso and Americano.

The menu includes ceviche, fajitas, tacos and vegetarian options.

Please note that the experience is very casual with biodegradable, disposal utensils, but sitting outside by the grassy knoll is picture perfect, the food is tasty and fresh and Jade adds a lovely presence.

Que Padre 15203 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades. Open daily  12-9pm. Ample parking.

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