Update: You won’t find this gorgeous and eclectic interior any longer. It was gutted and turned modern. However, they realize this was a mistake and are doing fundraisers to bring back the classic joint we all love. With a storied history dating back to 1925, the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood is a place with a lot of star power. Just a stones throw from The Lot, a studio that has changed hands and names over the years, the Formosa was in a prime position to serve the clientele working at the studio
While it has been threatened with demolition in the past, the converted red car trolley has stood the test of time to remain a favored Hollywood night spot.
We visited just as it was opening for the evening, and so were able to photograph it without many people about. Soon, however, the place was full of guests having cocktails at the bar or being served from the restaurants Asian-oriented cuisine.
Since we were starving, we decided to try something off of the menu. The wonton nachos were delicious and different, with edamame and black beans, cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. The Formosa burger featured, along with the patty, caramelized onions, white cheddar, a kimchi aioli and arugula. Both were scrumptious. I am a true sucker for a mai tai, given my enduring fondness for all things Hawaiian, and theirs was very tasty.
7156 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA