As the sun was setting I took a ten minute walk along Selma Avenue to the next place on my radar. Filifera. Located on the rooftop of the Hollywood Proper Residence, this commands similar views as Mama Shelter albeit from several floors higher.
Word of advice, press the access button as you approach the door rather than doing what I did and tried to open it like a normal door. I mean seriously how silly of me to expect it to work like any of the other 183 billion doors in the world* (* estimate may be way off). Anyway, once the doorman let me in, the elevator whisked me up to the 23rd floor to Filifera.
The indoor area seats around 30 customers, with an additional eight spots at the bar, but who came here to sit indoors? The outdoor terrace is much larger and there are plenty of heaters to take the evening chill away. Choose from a more private alcove seating area by the pool, otherwise stick to the normal seating area.
I was recommended the Some Like it Hot, which was tequila based, with chilli lime. It was certainly well received whilst I took in the ambiance, then as I wasn’t too hungry, the chicken sliders caught my eye and ticked the box nicely. Presented on a wooden paddle, the service was fast, friendly and attentive, and for $9 it was most reasonable. On a side note, I miss food being served on a plate. Why is it all slates, bread boards, chopping boards, ironing boards, surf boards, etc?
The people here were generally in their twenties and thirties, and the atmosphere was very relaxing and chilled. Reservations are recommended during weekends, but the Tuesday night I was there there was plenty of tables available.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience at both. I would recommend pre-drinks and Mama Shelter and dinner and Filifera, followed by a night out at one of the many bars and clubs in the immediate vicinity. However, I have to call it a night after Filifera as this jet lag is a killer and it’s 5am according to my body. Good night LA.