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Houston Brothers Unveil Mother of Pearl at Level 8 in Downtown LA - Just in time for Mother's Day

Located Across From the Arena, This New Scenic Rooftop Oyster and Champagne Bar Features Fresh Seafood Dishes by Michelin Starred Chef Joshua Gil

Mark and Jonnie Houston, the Co-Founders of Houston Hospitality, are delighted to introduce the latest and final addition to Level 8's culinary menagerie: Mother of Pearl. This picturesque al fresco oyster and champagne bar boasts a thoughtfully curated menu helmed by Michelin-starred and Mírate Chef Joshua Gil and is complemented by an enticing array of Champagnes, cocktails, and wines. Atop Level 8's expansive outdoor terrace, Mother of Pearl invites guests to savor exquisite flavors while soaking in the breathtaking sunsets, creating an unforgettable dining and imbibing affair.

Passing through elegant wrought iron gates adorned with vibrant pink bougainvillea, guests are greeted with sweeping views of Downtown LA and the Hollywood Hills as they enter. This alluring atmosphere sets the stage for a special culinary experience by Michelin-starred Chef Joshua Gil that highlights fresh seafood and locally sourced, premium ingredients. Each dish is crafted to harmonize Southern California tradition with the contemporary culinary expertise that Chef Gil is most known for. Featured dishes include:

Ocean's Treasures Raw Platter - served with lemon, black mignonette, mother's cocktail sauce, kosho aioli

½ Maine lobster, king crab legs, pacific oysters, Mexican white shrimp, Baja abalone, 1 oz ossetra caviar

Fritto Misto - abalone, squid, herbs and flowers, truffle aioli

Hearts of Palm Aguachile - sungold tomatoes, key lime, avocado, serrano

Mom's Spaghetti & Meatballs - squid ink spaghetti, lobster meatballs, Parmigiano reggiano

The beverage program at Mother of Pearl is equally as enticing, overseen by Level 8 Beverage Director and Boujis Group alum Melina Meza. With a background in crafting inventive cocktail and wine programs, Meza has thoughtfully chosen an extensive lineup of Champagnes. This meticulously curated program showcases prestigious tête de cuvée Champagnes, featuring esteemed names such as Cristal, Dom Pérignon, Taittinger, and Gimonnet. Furthermore, rare vintage Champagne verticals await, inviting guests to journey through time to savor the rich history and quality of each pour. To add a touch of luxury, guests can also indulge in the experience of a roaming Champagne cart, offering tableside service for an indelible evening.

Alongside the selective Champagne selection and a delicious Frosé, the cocktail menu at Mother of Pearl is a testament to true creativity and innovation. Meza masterfully uses top-tier ingredients to fashion original and delectable concoctions to complement Chef Gil's dishes. Featured cocktails include:

Salty Siren - Altos Tequila, Americano, Blood Orange, Key Lime, Sparkling Grapefruit, Salted Cadillac Foam

High Tide - Gray Whale Gin, Blue Spirulina, Caribbean Pineapple, Honeysuckle, Citrus, Yogurt Boba, Lemongrass

Mini-Tini - Absolut Elyx Vodka, Shishito Pepper Dry Vermouth, Caperberry, Lillet Blanc, Verjus Blanc served with a bump of caviar

Designed to resemble a Spanish-style gazebo, the bar exudes elegance with its intricately curved wrought iron and glass overhang. Beneath, the bar is adorned with hand-troweled stucco, accented by Talavera tiles featuring cobalt blue borders and intricate blue, yellow, and white floral patterns that shimmer in the glow of sunset.

Level 8 by Houston Hospitality and Lightstone first debuted in September 2023, drawing inspiration from Mark and Jonnie Houston's extensive travels spanning decades. It offers a fusion of their adventures encapsulated within a sprawling destination, narrated by the venue's fictional founder, Mr. Wanderlust. Embarking from Buenos Aires to Tokyo, guests are invited on a captivating voyage through a sophisticated playground.

Mother of Pearl is now open and accepting reservations via OpenTable.

Thursday - Saturday: 6 pm - 10 pm

Sunday - Wednesday: Closed

Reservations: via OpenTable | @motherofpearl.dtla

Address: Level 8 - 1254 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015


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