Food/Wine

XEN Lounge

When

Ongoing

Daily (6pm–2am)

Where

XEN Lounge

10628 Ventura Blvd.

818.505.3513

Price

Various prices

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“XEN Lounge in Studio City is an elegant retreat. Owned by actor/producer Duane Martin, XEN Lounge's interior, designed by Nikki Chu, features a chic lounge and bar with throne-like seating, animal hide-clad stools, and a large glass communal table, along with a VIP dining room. XEN has three outdoor areas, with the spacious front patio the star of the show. It features a second bar, some private cabanas, a couple of TVS, and a whimsical touch: Astroturf covering the floor. The TVs are not overtly distracting: Martin likes to air vintage programming, such as Turner Classic Movies or episodes of Twilight Zone, for a classic, elegant vibe. The rear patio, with large sofas and fireplaces, affords more privacy, while stairs ascend to a rooftop patio with extensive Valley views. These distinct areas make XEN a place at which you could spend an entire evening, moving to different areas as the mood strikes. Highlights of the small plates menu include mac ‘n’ cheese cupcakes and crispy potato shrimp with roasted corn, pineapple, pancetta, and pimento. The high point of the entrée menu is probably the juicy dry-aged rib-steak with bone-marrow butter, servd with a side of fingerling-potato hash, but the Jidori chicken, served with kale, sprouts, Marcona almonds, orange, tomato, and crème fraîche, is also a contender. The desserts include strawberry shortcake and red velvet bread pudding.”

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

XEN Lounge says…

The newest lounge in LA combining contemporary style with an upscale environment.