“There’s a third space—not home and not work—
but a place where you can refill. Relax. Recharge.
This is O, a place to meet, connect and unwind.”
This quote greets you prominently when visiting O’s website and summarizes in a few short words what the management team has delivered to the underserved Palma Ceia West neighborhood. As the revitalization of Henderson Blvd continues, O stands out with jaw dropping decor and attention to detail.
Upon entering, the 3D succulent wall behind (and above!) the bar immediately takes your breath away. If for no other reason (of which there are many), stop by for a cocktail and check it out for yourself. Show up early if you want to snag one of the coveted copper stools at the bar or make a reservation if you’d like to dine in one of the unique circular booths beneath the sea of oversized Edison globes. There is also a private room at the back of the restaurant ready for your next large gathering. The vibe is trendy and the patrons are well-dressed and beautiful – is a place to see and be seen!
O is all about the cocktails. My first (and favorite) was the New York Ninny – an interesting blend of house infused basil Vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, lemon juice, kiwi puree and Sauvignon Blanc. I could have easily ordered another round of Ninny’s, but since I’m a sucker for a frothy egg white cocktail I had to try The Abigail. Abby is a blend of Plymouth Gin, Rothmans & Winters Creme de Violette, lemon, blueberries, rosemary and, of course, frothy egg white. If you’ve never tried a cocktail with egg white I highly recommend you take the plunge. While The Abigail satisfied my craving, it underperformed a bit on taste. Some others in my party enjoyed the O Paloma which is O’s signature drink and an interesting twist on a classic Margarita.
The table-side guacamole is a no-brainer to start. The presentation is on point and makes for a fun introduction to dinner. Don’t be shy and let the tableside chef know what you like and don’t like in your guac – you can even add crab & chipotle for an additional charge. The table also ordered the Elotes – grilled corn on the cob topped with chipotle aioli & quest cotija. The corn was a little mushy & the aioli a little bland for my taste, but still yummy and worth a try.
For the main course I sampled a trio of delicious tacos and all three delivered. There’s no way to pick a favorite between the Camarones (Gulf shrimp, mango salsa, chipotle crema), De Res (beef short rib, pico de gallo, quest cotija) and Carne Asada (grilled sirloin, caramelized onions, chipotle salsa, queso anejo). The vegetarians at the table also thoroughly enjoyed the portobella & roasted pepper taco.
The night concluded with the skillet cookie topped with vanilla ice cream. Next time I definitely want to try the flan.
O is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and should definitely be on your restaurant bucket list. For a budget friendly introduction try visiting the bar during happy hour for select $5 drinks and apps or $2 tacos of the day. They recently debuted a Sunday brunch menu as well that has received many positive reviews. Hopefully you find this newcomer to be your “third space”!
Feature photo courtesy of Brad Herring, actionbay360.com