On a second visit, early during a slow weeknight, the theme of comfort fusion continued. While enjoying a half-priced glass of pinot noir during the quietest happy hour I've been to (offered from 5 to 7 p.m.), we started with oysters prepared similar to Japanese kaki fry — dredged in flaky panko bread crumbs, then deep-fried ($8) with a crunchy, tasty exterior. I followed that with the quintessential comfort food — a cheddar cheeseburger ($11) on a grilled, buttery brioche bun. Caramelized onions added sweetness to the burger, offsetting a slathering of zesty and creamy garlic aioli.

My dining counterpart chose the pecan- and almond-crusted tilapia ($16). Americans consumed 475 million pounds of tilapia last year, making it our most popular farmed fish. But at Café Jamm, the tilapia is wild — served with a generous dollop of zesty homemeade tartar sauce atop sautéed spinach. Despite its being wild, the already bland fish was swallowed by a thick sheath of chopped pecans and almonds, resulting in an overpowering flavor of sweet nuts.

Comforting: Black mussels in white wine, garlic, tomato, and basil with grilled bread.
Candace West
Comforting: Black mussels in white wine, garlic, tomato, and basil with grilled bread.

Crowds haven't found this place yet; ours was one of only a few occupied tables. But I'm not worried for the Maslak/Crabtree sisters. Live music or not, the locals should be soon singing to the tune of Café Jamm.

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Bc
Bc

Great food and atmosphere. Support local business Max. Thanks for the review.

Max
Max

Yeah, with Smith and Jones out of business and the Mason Jar consistently empty, let's open a dinner-only comfort food place in a strip mall. Great ideal.

dirkbill
dirkbill

I clicked on this "just because" not knowing the connection to Sushi Blues, but I am so glad I did. So glad to hear this, so glad! We are long-time Hollywood residents who were crushed when Sushi Blues closed; I still haven't found a decent replacement for their sushi (please, where is Yozo???) - I will make it a point to get to Cafe Jamm asap. This is a beautiful family that really knows how to make delicious food.  I personally cannot wait to try it. Thank you for the review.

 
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