I find LA innovation to be at its best when it invents the space we wish we were in, within circumstances we’re always in. I am still waiting on the fun flip on traffic. Until then, from the famed restaurant group FCF, LLC lead by Peter Georges, Conference Room has arrived; where lounge, libation, and live music linger collectively in lieu of mind-numbing meetings that could have been made into an email.
Wood panelling, brown banquettes, a boxy frame and a minimalist motif – this concrete corner space betrays just about everything that happens within it. The vibe is inventive, the mood is relaxed, and the audibles are authentically cutting edge. Conference Room is a collaboration of live music and lounge, where we can listen, dine, happy hour, and unwind. In a space that could come to coin the phrase board room chic.
Just opened on December 14th, the scene and the set are not unintentional. Playa Vista’s burgeoning tech sect is undeniable, with an obvious thirst for a lunch hang, a meeting spot, or an after-hours lounge. Silicon Beach set the ideal stage; Conference Room came to answer the call.
The menu is an amalgam of Chef Miguel Aliaga’s cultural fancies. Italian, Mexican, and Peruvian influences play leading roles, and provisions go around the world in flavor and flatbreads. Highlights include a full cheese and charcuterie spread, yellowfin tuna salad (tuna is pan seared, is delicately dressed and accessorized with pickled red onions and crispy ones, and is so, so good), spaghetti lobster (so delicious in a light bisque base, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil punctuations), falafel crusted salmon, and espresso braised short rib.
And so many flatbread options. Tough to choose, as I love good flatbread, but we went with the broccoli salsiccia. Served pizza style – the crust was bubbly, the peppers added a welcome kick, and the size was more than sharable. All available with a cauliflower crust swap, this could easily become a staple. Next on deck, the fig jam flatbread, then the cremini mushroom. Told you I had trouble.
The dining experience is intentionally elevated, but not so much so that it’s too haughty for a selection of smothered fries. Americano, Asian or Mediterranean options all on-menu: all spectacular potato play. Same goes for the pub cheese mac, spiked with beer, peppered in breadcrumbs.
And dessert. Oh, dessert. Lemon Berry Bundt Cake, Molten Chocolate Brownie, or oh yes, the Sundae Funday for Two. Bruleed marshmallows here you come.
Defiance of the defined conference room as we have previously known it is a large part of the party – the motif is meaningful and meant to be capitalized upon. International coffees will buzz up the morning meeting, happy hour will turn rookies into regulars, and the blend of entertainment and a Chef driven menu will not just fill a much-needed niche, but likely make one explode. Smooth jazz Thursdays, acoustics on Fridays. A little club, a little pub, all with a side of really excellent grub. Finally, a Conference Room worthy of conversation.
Conference Room, 12181 Bluff Creek Dr. Suite A1, Playa Vista, Los Angeles, CA 90094, USA.
Tel: +1(310) 862-6436
From S. Centinela, turn onto Bluff Creek, pass Wayne’s Way and Bluff Creek and turn into the driveway towards the large parking structure. Easy parking in adjacent lot – parking validated. The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm; Saturday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Sunday from 5:00pm to 10:0pm.
Type of Restaurant: Restaurant & Bar with Live Entertainment
Price Band: Medium
Insider Tip: Great little bar, if you’re looking for one. No bells or whistles, just an easy place to grab a drink after work. So far, the beverage program is beer and wine only. I would not be surprised if cocktails enter the picture soon.
Reviewer’s Rating: 7/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs courtesy of Conference Room and by Jolie Loeb