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Norah

PHOTOS: Holly Liss

Is there a better feeling in the world than a great first date? You both felt a connection, found common ground, and will definitely sleep with each other some time in the near future. The world is yours. And while it’s a crucial first step, a great first date can also be vastly misleading. Because now, the real work begins. Getting to actually know each other over a period of time is way harder than having mutual opinions on the new season of House Of Cards. Maybe you are soulmates, maybe you aren’t. Either way, a great first date is never the ultimate barometer.

We had an absolutely incredible first date with Norah.

The large Weho space is immaculate, with an overall decor scheme that reads something close to Moroccan steampunk. It’s modern, with some African influence, but you also kind of feel like you’re at a skate park. Breathe. It works. One by one the dishes arrived, each one better than the next. The cauliflower popcorn, the root & burrata, the pork belly & octopus. There’s nothing particularly jaw-dropping there, but each one tasted like we were eating it for the first time. The cocktails were fantastic, the service was great, and the overall vibe was upscale, but welcoming. Here’s your 8.9 rating Norah, let’s f*ck.

Holly Liss

Hold on. Because now we actually needed to get to know her. We quickly scheduled a second (and third) date with Norah. We missed her, and wanted to be see her, and find out which episode of House of Cards she was on. Or, more appropriately, simply do our due diligence.

And while Norah was still the restaurant we remembered, one thing became apparent - she was not our soul mate. She’s our good friend. After we took the stars out of our eyes for a second, we realized her food is probably not as life-changing or space as groundbreaking as we once thought. The cauliflower popcorn is just a deep-fried vegetable in tahini sauce and that crazy design scheme is just a nice blend of contemporary and traditional. And you know what? It’s all still pretty damn great. We will be back to see her soon - with friends, our parents, for after-work drinks, and (if she’s cool with it) a super hot date. She’s flexible like that.

It just wasn’t meant to be with Norah, but we’re still extremely happy knowing she’ll always be in our life.

Food Rundown

Cauliflower Popcorn

Ok, this is essentially a deep-fried cauliflower and we are perfectly ok with it. And with a delicious chickpea tahini hiding underneath, this is a must first order.

Roots & Burrata

Is 2016 the year of the beet in LA? We hope so. These things are everywhere right now, and Norah's version is excellent. And burrata needs no introduction.

Cast Iron Cornbread

Under no circumstance do we EVER want to know how much butter are in these. But as long as that's agreed upon, we'll eat as many as possible.

Little Sausages

These tiny guys will never jump off the menu at you, but we're glad they made it on to the table.

Pork Belly & Octopus

Another day, another octopus on an LA menu. But there's something different about Norah's version, and it has everything to do with that apple glaze dripped on top.

Uni Butter Poached Shrimp

Quietly one of the best things on the menu. The mix of the buttery shrimp and uni together is true sex under the sea.

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