Soon, in a roundabout, much smarter way, you’ll rob a bank.
As in the former Cathay Bank branch on 6th and Flower.
Because today, that space is Le Ka, and while its riches are of the gastronomical persuasion, you’ll leave feeling like you got away with something.
Gone are the tellers, deposit slips, and chained-up pens. In their place are golden lighting, wood floors, and historically the most welcoming element of all, anywhere: a fully-stocked bar.
There you'll sip on specialty cocktails like, say, the Mexican Bonfire, a sultry riff on the margarita with house-smoked agave nectar and a cayenne rim.
Chef Rémi Lauvand (Montrachet, Cafe Pierre, Rivera) brings a menu with nary a veggie in sight — it almost sounds like he's raided a zoo, with rabbit leg, duck rillettes, pigs' trotters, and octopus aplenty.
A 149-strong wine list features jewels from the Willamette to Loire Valleys, and an ’89 Cabernet from Bordeaux for $800.
Good thing they've got a vault to lock 'em up in.
Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet, garages, lot
Scene: Cultured couples, married doubles, corporate climbers
Best bets: Charcuterie; sweetbread; dessert beignets
Hot seat: Table 15, a five-top that sits along the window and fireplace
Nearby: Drago Centro; The Standard; Chaya