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4648 Hollywood Blvd. (N. Vermont Ave.) Send to Phone
Trendy, modern Mideast concept in Los Feliz.
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Open daily 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Kismet, Los Angeles, CA

Kismet Restaurant Review

About the chefs: Brooklyn chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (Glasserie, Blue Hill) team up in Los Feliz with fellow chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) creating synergistic, modern Middle Eastern dishes “reimagined” for contemporary California.

Décor: The cozy storefront formerly inhabited by Mother Dough has been transformed into a long, pale, minimalist blond wood box; a dozen tables and five-seat bar at the back mean you should definitely make reservations at dinner, and brunch can be a madhouse as local hipsters lounge around over za’atar squash tarts, a colorful salad of Persian cucumbers with citrus and rosewater labneh or the now ubiquitous shakshuka.

Food & Drinks: At dinner, consider the interesting wine list --- an eclectic (though pricey) selection is reason enough to come here, especially if you enjoy exploring obscure, small-production, biodynamic European varietals (like a Slovenian 2012 Kabaj Sivi Pinot Goriska Brda). Share starters such as freekah fritters or lemony chicken and pine nut pies. A citrusy shaved kohlrabi salad is nicely punctuated with kumquat, pumpkin seed and mint. For mains, don’t miss the lamb belly, offset by turnips, carob and Meyer lemon. Honey mousse provides a sweet ending. There’s also a rabbit-for-two feast that includes the restaurant’s signature flaky bread ($80).

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