The British Invasion…

Keeping up with the tony residents of the small hamlet of Pacific Palisades, the town center just got a facelift.

Caruso, the developer of The Grove Shopping Center in West Hollywood, bought up several streets in the Palisades and created Pleasantville.

The Palisades Village is idyllic, a picture perfect neighborhood.

I just wish there was somewhere affordably desirable to shop.

That being said, five new restaurants have graced the property in a place that was in dire need of sustainence.

Recently, we were invited to dine at Draycott…our daughter had booked a Mother’s Day reservation at the new British import.

Draycott Restaurant

Approaching in the evening, The Draycott provides the illusion of a beautiful countryside cottage.

The restaurant is named after London’s Draycott Avenue were the owner’s first met.

Upon entering the soothing green and pink interior you are lulled into a feeling of comfort.

Matilda greeted us warmly.

The crowd had dissipated since it was 8pm and things quiet down in the Palisades after dark.

Draycott Bar

The bar area is appealing and I would most likely prefer sitting there next time around.

Draycott Patio

Their is a lovely patio, but the heat lamps were fired up and it was actually too warm outside.

Our server was sweet, but timid and not all that helpful with food selections so we muddled through on our own sorting through the British and Modern American menu.

We ordered a nice bottle of red from St. Emilion, an area well known to us ($60).

English Pea Dip

We started with the English Pea Dip with olive oil and toast. My initial reaction was that it was too sweet, but it definitely grew on me ($11).

Zucchini Tempura

We also indulged in the Zucchini frites and patty pan (squash). The pieces of zucchini were thick and crispy and the tempura batter light and crunchy, served along with a creamy tzatziki sauce ($14).

Fish & Chips

David went with the classic Fish & Chips which he enjoyed. The wild line-caught cod is beer-battered with mushy peas, housemade tartar sauce and crispy fries ($26).

Seared Salmon

I selected the Seared Okra King Salmon which was delectable and the fish was plated with pea puree, heirloom tomatoes and asparagus with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette ($30).

The owners, Marissa and Matt Hermer, have made the transition to California with their three children.

Marissa was one of the Ladies of London on Bravo…translated, The Housewives of London. Matt made his name creating the royals hot spot, Boujis.

The Draycott is open all day.

The food was very good, reasonably priced and a welcome addition to the unexciting Pacific Palisades dining scene.

I just wish The Draycott had more personality…perhaps the bar area will resonate…not to knock the Palisades, but joie de vivre is as nonexistent as cellulite and nanny-less families.

The Draycott 15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, California. Open daily 11am-3pm and 5-10pm. Valet, self-parking garage and street parking available. Reservations on Resy.

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