Last Thursday, the Acquerello team gave us a sneak peek of their upcoming, sister restaurant, 1760. Located at the former Perilla Bar and Grill space at the intersection of Polk and Washington, the offshoot promises Cal-Med-Japanese cuisine in a more casual setting.
Flanked by large windows, the open, grey-hued space has 58 seats in its dining room. Five rounded booths line the wall, and the remaining is a mix of tables and banquettes. Additionally, there is a wooden communal table and a sleek, narrow bar that both seat 12.
At a recent media preview, wine director Gianpaolo Paterlini poured samples from the restaurant's 250-bottle list, and bar manager Christopher Longori, formerly of Aziza, mixed three specialty cocktails throughout the evening: The Strawberry Shrub, The Garam Masala and Cardamom Cocktail, and his signature 1760, a captivating mix of gin, mezcal, Cocchi Americano, and mint, intricately spiced with cumin.
Executive chef Adam Tortosa served dishes from his thoughtfully-crafted menu: beef tartare with Marcona almonds, thai herbs, and chili; a slider-sized version of his duck confit sandwich with cilantro-celery slaw, pickles and a spicy, miso-yuku aioli; and hamachi crudo with pluots, yuzu kosho, and puffed rice (the dinner menu will feature fluke in place of hamachi).
In addition to those three items, the nightly dinner offerings will include dishes such as corn ravioli with baked potato butter, and chive; pan roasted chicken thighs with roasted tomato and romesco; and bucatini with uni and garlic. All 19 savory items are priced between $8 and $22.
Beginning tonight, 1760 will be open for dinner seven nights a week, 5-11 p.m.