Chef Dan Krohmer, who already has Eater 38 standout Other Mama and his Japanese robata-style Hatsumi at Fergusons Downtown, now also brings a Mexican cantina into the mix, just across the courtyard from sister restaurant Hatsumi. La Monja, Spanish for “the nun,” takes its inspiration from classic coastal Mexican regional fare modernized. The restaurant grinds its own corn in house for the tortillas and features what it calls the largest mezcal list in Downtown Las Vegas.
Two murals anchor the dining room, one featuring a naughty nun and another drama masks. Krohmer partnered with his childhood friend, artist Brent Patten, to create a space and vibe representative of the art and culture of their hometown community in Sacramento.
Diners can see the action in the open kitchen as ceviche, tacos, and entrees such as grilled striped bass, octopus with pipian verde, hanger steak with roasted onion puree and mushroom escabeche, enchiladas rojas, and more.
A patio at the front features its own bar overlooking the courtyard at Fergusons Downtown.
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