No longer a nightclub, the former Don’t Tell Mama, O-Bar and Cheers space on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has gone way glam in its new guise as Norah, a restaurant from Rohan Talwar and chef Mike Williams.
Williams was formerly at the Tasting Kitchen, while general manager John Snowden hails from Goldie’s and Eveleigh. The airy space, designed by Thomas Schoos, now features big windows looking out on the boulevard, white beamed ceilings, lots of soft woodsy accents and striking bouquets of bulbs arrayed as chandeliers.
Two bars face off on either side of the dining room, one clad in white marble, the other in black-veined stone, while large-scale black and white modern canvasses carry out the two-tone-plus-wood theme. Comfy beige leather couches allow for lounging with cocktails, while the chairs sport varying designs to tastefully mix up the look.
The menu is a “new American” mix of compelling drink-friendly bites like cauliflower popcorn, oysters on the half shell and fried hominy cakes, while larger plates include uni butter poached shrimp, pork belly with octopus, and rabbit two ways with grits. The custom-made woodburning grill will get a workout from dishes like a grilled half chicken and hangar steak, while the charcuterie is made in-house.
Norah is at 8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood.