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The Flats

8400 Wilshire Blvd. Send to Phone
Inventive casual fare in Beverly Hills.

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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
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The Flats, Beverly Hills, CA

The Flats Restaurant Review

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About the décor: Foodies may fondly recall this Art Deco building on Wilshire and airy dining room from the former Red Medicine, but the design here is both comfortable and edgily artful. Industrial metal plays off sleek, polished wood (there’s a zinc bar, and also a live oak one), evoking urban and rustic motifs; a mural of olive trees under the Sixth Street Bridge contrasts with steel beams.

Likes: Good prices (especially for Beverly Hills).
Dislikes: Flatbreads are undeniably the focus, but it’s a lot of carbs.

Food & Drinks: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Executive chef Paul Shoemaker is now overseeing the kitchen, so expect upcoming changes to the menu.) The focus is on artisanal flatbread pizzas topped with seasonal local ingredients, but one could easily graze through the evening with inventive small plates and house-made charcuterie, such as pho-cured bresaola or bruléed duck liver with Fernet pâté. Try the caramelized baguette with emulsified marrow and cola salt, and pair it with a glass of bubbly or a cocktail like “A Walk Down Sutton Street” --- an elegant, pale coupe of vodka, gin, Lillet and Bigallet Thym liqueur fragrantly garnished with toasted thyme. Consider paper-thin lamb carpaccio adorned with frozen yogurt, mint and preserved lemon, or octopus braised in squid ink with fresh chimichurri, grape and apple. Explore the landscape of flatbreads with unique combos like duck confit, red wine pudding and toasted caraway; tomato kimchi with black garlic and sea beans; or cured beets with Humboldt Fog, cocoa and filberts. End with a light panna cotta finished with chewy coca-cola, blackberries and sweet lime.
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