The Pikey Cafe and Bar Brings England Pub Fare to Los Angeles

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In the heart of West Hollywood, The Pikey Cafe and Bar has brought England Pub Fare to Sunset strip. The Pikey brings an old world charm with an original drink menu and some unique natural foods dishes.

Eric Shanni and his associate Jarred Merris greet people nightly, as the buzz of the cafe packs in people. I found both gentlemen to be very cordial. The Pikey, which was The Coaches and Horses for many years, has retained that old English flair, with high back leather booths, a Tudor ceiling, surrounded by mahogany and pictures that lends the whole to a pub feel.

Another interesting point about the cafe and bar, is that people were conversing over their laptops talking shop.There’s never a dull moment here.

Ralph Johnson is the Chef de Cuisine. He has a wealth of knowledge in preparing unique dishes. The Spot and Pig in New York was one of his best experiences in learning creative cooking. It gave him many interesting styles of  cooking. The Pikey Cafe and Bar then, is a British pub with the style cuisine of California Market influence.

Pete, Eric and Ralph Relax at Pikey Cafe and Bar

Pete Allman with Eric and Chef Ralph Johnson at Pikey Cafe and Bar.
Pete Allman with Eric and Chef Ralph Johnson at Pikey Cafe and Bar.

Starting The Cullinary Journey

Our culinary journey began with roasted beet salad with citrus, feta cheese and pistachio, and a Kale salad. I had not tasted such a unique taste as these salads. The main entrees were nicely served, included a Vegan curry and eggplant, with tomato lentil, and punjabi with cornbread. The other entrees we tasted were a  Seared squid with curried chickpeas and Winter squash, Israeli couscous with chopped kale and pumpkin seeds, a milk braised rabbit ravioli, with Weiser carrots and cilantro and grilled steelhead salmon with spiced lentils, and falafel.

Ralph Johnson definitely knows his cuisine and loves to explore unique dishes.

I also recommend the Cauliflower ravioli, which is one of their popular dishes. The seared squid with the curried chickpeas was outstanding and the milk braised rabbit ravioli was just as tasty and not too rich with a selection of beers, liqueurs, and wines.

There’s nothing that would stop one’s curiosity from experimenting with the original cocktail drinks, created by Jarred and Eric. I decided to try the Dandy, prepared with Milagro Reposado Tequila, Ruby Red Grapefruit juice, Pomegranate syrup, cracked clove and soda water or Seven Up. That was indeed a sweet taste with a touch of tanginess. We were well on our way to a sleepy night, but not before some desert.

Topping off the evening, there was homemade ice cream with sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch and clotted cream, and a mixed berry with meringue pimm’s and lemon zest.

Heaven’s sent, the best just before floating away.

The Pikey Cafe and Bar Location

The Pikey Cafe and Bar is located at 7617 Sunset Blvd. Hours of operation are 11:45 am – 2:00 am Monday – Friday and 10:30 am – 2:00 am Saturday and Sunday. For reservations or catering events call 323-850-5400.

Celebrity Scene News awards 4 stars to The Pikey Cafe and Bar.

Pete Allman, “The Man on the Scene,” is based in Marina del Rey, California, concentrating on producing feature films, television projects, and commercials. Pete also has an office in Las Vegas, which he visits occasionally.

Pete is also a restaurant critic, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He produces inspirational messages for television and other media.

Of all the investigations he makes, we suspect he likes critiquing restaurants the most, because he can taste the food, savor the atmosphere, interact with people, and photograph all the goodies.

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