Everyone loves to check out a silver-screen icon when they come to Los Angeles. But how about eating insanely good Kung Pao chicken and sipping on a Green Tea Martini surrounded by memories of movie stars that stretch back over 80 years? The Formosa Cafe is bringing a hefty slice of Hollywood history with a side order of banging bao and the kinda noodles that deserve their own star on the Walk of Fame.
Speaking of stars, check out the photos of movie royalty that decorate the room. The Formosa Cafe first opened in 1939 (and in LA terms, that's old, baby), and huge names like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean and Elvis Presley have all kicked back in the cherry-red booths - the framed celebrity photos and memorabilia decorating the restaurant prove its popularity with bygone superstars. You can eat in the iconic red trolley car that dates back to 1904 (confirmed to be the oldest surviving red train car in existence, FYI) or relax in one of the booths beneath beautiful Chinese lanterns.
It might be historic, but there's nothing faded about the menu - perch at one of the bar stools and get involved with the innovative cocktail list that includes drinks like the Mezcal It A Day (mezcal, cucumber, chilli liqueur and lemon) and the Omukashi (sake, gin, spiced rum liqueur and orange bitters). The food is a nod to Chinese culture in LA, and the melting pot of flavours and delicacies that have been bringing in the crowds for decades. The Formosa Cafe has been delighting LA royalty and tourists alike for over three-quarters of a century and has appeared in multiple movie and TV productions. It's the perfect place to turn up your main character energy with a cocktail in hand.