Los Angeles Restaurant News
Japan’s celebrated ramen restaurant Ippudo has opened its first Southern California location in Santa Monica in the former Taberna Arros y Vi space on 2nd Street. Ippudo, 1403 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
The Line Los Angeles hotel in Koreatown has collaborated with chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) on Openaire. Located in the former COMMISSARY space on the second floor, the poolside restaurant presents seasonal, shareable plates. Openaire, The Line Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-368-3030.
Chef Daniel Patterson's Alta Group has opened Alta Adams and Adams Coffee Shop, two neighboring eateries in West Adams. At the former, chef Keith Corbin riffs on soul food with dishes such as black eye pea fritters, shrimp and grits, and grilled pork collar with chow chow. Alta Adams, 5357 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, 323-571-4999.
The Rooster, a rustic Italian restaurant from Capo partners Bruce Marder and Marvin Zeidler, will in Santa Monica. There will also be an artisanal bakery. The Rooster, 2301 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, No phone.
Wally's Santa Monica opened its doors on October 6, 2018. Like its sister restaurant, Wally's Beverly Hills, this is a wine-focused marketplace and restaurant offering California-French bistro fare. Wally's Santa Monica, 214 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-293-5500.
A new vegan Italian restaurant, Pura Vita, has opened in West Hollywood. Chef/owner Tara Punzone (Real Food Daily) reaches to her Italian heritage to create a menu featuring Calabrian eggplant stew, lasagna with black truffle cream, spinach, ricotta, mushroom, béchamel and pesto, and various pasta dishes with ingredients sourced from Italy and local farmer’s markets. The wine bar offers a 40-bottle list of Italian vegan, all-natural, biodynamic wine. Pura Vita, 8274 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-688-2303.
Prolific restaurateur Michael Cardenas (Sushi Roku, Lazy Ox) has opened Mister O’s in Studio City. Chef Mario Alberto (Lazy Ox, Ysabel) creates bright, “modern Angeleno cuisine” with light dishes like avocado with salt cod and lemon balm or fried turmeric bread with tiger figs, olives, farmer’s cheese and honey; mains run from sea bass with chanterelles and corn to lamb loin with sunchokes and côte de boeuf. The bar program from Rafael Jonathan Barba (The Restaurant at Meadowood) is sophisticated, and the wine and beer lists are compelling. The airy, mid-century styled dining room and lounge have an elegantly casual California vibe. Dinner nightly. Mister O’s, 11838 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-358-3839.
Garden-to-glass cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello opened Mon Li at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club along the Malibu coast. The 12-seat restaurant overlooking the ocean offers a 12-course, two-hour omakase “liquid tasting menu” three nights a week. The experience includes 12 culinary sips accompanied by five more substantial bites, crafted from Biancaniello’s large dedicated on-site bar garden, foraged local flora, and seasonal farmers market ingredients. Mon Li, Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club, 26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-525-1150.
Studio City backyard barbecue icon Burt Bakman (Trudy’s Underground Barbecue) is partnering with The h.wood Group to open SLAB on West 3rd Street early this fall. Look for long-cooked Central Texas-style brisket, beef and pork spare ribs, and sausage from a custom-built smoker, as well as traditional Texas sides. SLAB, 8136 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
Chef Jessica Largey (Manresa), with partners Bruno Bagbeni (Bastide) and film director Joe Russo, opened Simone in the Arts District. The restaurant features a cold butchery room and a wine cellar, as well as a rooftop garden and separate cocktail bar. Expect elevated seasonal California dishes and haute tasting menu offerings at the six-seat chef’s counter. Simone, 449 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 424-433-3000.
Stylish DTLA robata spot Inko Nito has opened another location on West Third Street. The space offers plenty of wood décor and an open kitchen. Expect an array of robata grilled skewers of prawn, beef short rib and chicken yakitori, as well as lighter fare like salads and sushi. Larger plates include bone marrow with smoked soy, salmon fillet with grapefruit miso, beef cheek and butter lettuce wraps, and pork belly with Japanese whisky glaze. Look for craft cocktails and a Japanese whisky list. Lunch & Dinner daily. Inko Nito, 8338 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-439-3076.
LA's newest rooftop dining concept, Margot, will debut in October 2018 from restaurateur Rohan Talwar. Situated atop Culver City’s Platform design and retail center, with sweeping views of the city, the restaurant will offer coastal Mediterranean cuisine of Spain and Italy. Executive Chef Michael Williams’ menu will feature a prominent raw bar, a large selection of handmade pastas, grilled meats, seafood and creative seasonal vegetable dishes. Margot, Platform, 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, no phone.
NYC's famed cocktail bar Death & Co. will open a branch in downtown Los Angeles. Death & Co., 810 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Weekend Brunch at Tesse
Tesse in West Hollywood now features brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy French-inspired dishes from chef Raphaël François, along with croissants, muffins and more from pastry chef Sally Camacho Mueller. Check out GAYOT's photos and videos from Tesse's brunch. Tesse, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-3866.
Ocean Prime Debuts Sunday Brunch
Modern American supper club Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills now offers Sunday brunch with a DJ on the terrace and in the patio lounge from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Indulge in Crab & Eggs with poached eggs, hollandaise, fresh fruit and balsamic vinaigrette; butter-poached lobster and sweet pea avocado toast with preserved lemon and arugula salad; and braised short rib surf & turf with crispy gouda potato cake, lobster claw and poached egg. Also on offer are bottomless blood orange mimosas. Ocean Prime, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-4818.
Back in Action: a.o.c.
Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne's wine bar a.o.c. has re-opened after suffering a kitchen fire in August 2018. a.o.c., 8700 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-859-9859.
Night + Market Sahm Now Serving Lunch in Venice
Night + Market Sahm in Venice is now serving lunch Wednesday through Friday. Look for chef Kris Yenbamroong’s versions of a spicy fried chicken sandwich, crispy rice salad, curried noodles, pad thai and crab fried rice. Night + Market Sahm, 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-301-0333.
Montage Laguna Beach has promoted Benjamin Martinek to chef de cuisine of Studio, its flagship restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He has been part of the resort's culinary team for seven years, most recently as sous chef at Studio and before that as an executive sous chef at The Loft. Martinek takes over from executive chef Craig Strong, who is opening his own restaurant, Ocean at Main, in Laguna Beach. Studio, Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-6030.
Restauration in Long Beach is temporarily closed due to fire damage. Restauration, 2708 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814, 562-439-8822.
The lovely Chaya Downtown has closed on Flower Street after nine years. CHAYA Modern Izakaya in Venice remains open. Chaya Downtown, 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
Spring, the charming and beautiful French restaurant in DTLA from husband and wife duo Yassmin Samadi (Church & State) and Tony Esnault, closed at the end of August. They will open a new French restaurant in South Coast Plaza named Knife Pleat in 2019. Spring, Douglas Building, 257 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
The chic Melrose fixture Xiomara has closed after 16 years. Xiomara, 6101 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
After more than 40 years in business, Piero Selvaggio will close his iconic Italian restaurant, Valentino, after December 31, 2018. However, Selvaggio is not leaving the hospitality business, as there are plans to open a Newport Beach restaurant. Valentino, 3115 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-829-4313.
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