Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu have opened Flautas, a fast-casual ode to the traditional Mexican dish of crisp-fried Mexican rolled tacos. Not to be confused with the ubiquitous taquito, flautas are larger in size, and as is traditional in the chefs’ native Jalisco, are topped with various sauces, salsas and moles. Look for cochinita pibil filled with roasted pork shoulder meat marinated with orange juice and spices. Flautas, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw, 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008, 323-773-1898.
Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's, The Sycamore Kitchen) have opened Odys & Penelope for dinner service as of January 12, 2015. The meat-centric concept is influenced by the cooking methods of grilling and smoking. Odys & Penelope, 127 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033.
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine is slated to open on Abbot Kinney in early 2015 in the former Axe space. It will offer a selection of locally sourced, plant-based fare, accompanied by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. The 70-seat restaurant includes an open-air courtyard, and décor features reclaimed wood and exposed beams, fire pits and a private dining and wine room. Expect almond burrata with spicy winter fruit and biscotti; roasted cauliflower with concord grape, buckwheat and tarragon; salt-baked baby roots finished with heirloom spelt berries, hazelnut, Meyer lemon and watercress; and mushroom “bouillabaisse” served with black garbanzo, sea palm, braised fennel, saffron and Pernod. Lunch & Dinner daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. Plant Food and Wine, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
A second Chop Daddy’s fast-casual barbecue spot has soft-opened its lunch window on Washington Boulevard in Culver City. Expect favorites found on the flagship Venice menu, including a smoked barbecue pork belly sandwich, pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken. The new location anticipates a summer opening for the full restaurant, once renovations of the existing dining room are complete. The space will feature 50 seats, as well as beer and wine. Lunch daily. Chop Daddy's, 9552 W Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-559 5967.
Andy Ricker has opened Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown, inside the Far East Plaza. This sibling of Ricker’s New York eatery features a menu of stir-fried noodles including the eponymous Phat Thai (pad Thai) with ground pork or prawns, flat noodles with pork and Chinese broccoli, mussel crepes, and water spinach stir-fried with pork and garlic. Pok Pok Phat Thai, 727 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-628-3071.
A posh new Santa Monica eatery, aestus, is now open on Wilshire Boulevard. Executive chef Alex Ageneau (Patina, The Royce) offers a California-influenced, seasonal menu with highlights including a charcuterie board with duck pâté and pork rillettes; grilled octopus salad with fennel, radish and clementine; grass-fed beef with sunchokes, kale and mushrooms; and fire-roasted chicken with potatoes, bitter greens and espelette, prepared on an open, wood-burning grill. Former Spago wine director, Kevin O’Connor creates a wine list composed of old and new world selections, and bar director Marissa Grasmick (The Varnish) mixes classic and craft cocktails. Dinner Nightly Tues.-Sun. aestus, 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 424-268-4433.
Empress Pavilion, Chinatown’s beloved dim sum parlor of 25 years, closed last year but has been reopened by Ocean Seafood owner Andy Lau. Expect the same traditional dim sum, with rolling carts, in a revamped dining room. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Empress Pavilion, 988 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-617-9898.
Shanghai Rose has replaced the former Chi Dynasty outpost in Studio City, now serving daily dim sum, along with other traditional Chinese dishes like honey-walnut shrimp and Beijing duck. Guests can watch the chefs work in the open kitchen. Lunch & Dinner daily. Shanghai Rose, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-2542.
Wally's, the wine and spirits shop, has turned the former space of monsieur marcel in Beverly Hills into Wally's Vinoteca. Wally's Vinoteca, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
Native Corsicans chef Olympe Ricco and Cedric Savelli and have opened the first Corsican eatery in Los Angeles, Napoleon and Josephine, on Melrose Avenue. Dishes include Corsican-style veal stew, wild-caught black cod and goat cheese cannelloni. Expect wines from Calvi, Figari, Sartene and Patrimonio. Dinner Tues-Sun.
Bunker Hill is the location of downtown’s new Pez Cantina, a sprawling “coastal Mexican kitchen” with specialties from the Yucatan, Baja and Oaxaca. Chef/owner Bret Thompson (Patina, Milk) turns out sustainable, fresh ceviches and cocteles, fish tacos and dishes like tamarind-glazed baby back ribs, shrimp taquitos, cochinita pibil and crispy skin chicken. The patio offers handmade cocktails, including specialty margaritas, and there’s a selection of California-focused wine and craft beers from California and Mexico. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. Pez Cantina, 401 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-258-2280.
Echo Park has a charming new farm-to-table eatery, Ostrich Farm, on Sunset Boulevard. Expect flatbread with Stilton and truffle oil, rough-chopped chicken liver on toasts, Dungeness crab salad with radish and grapefruit, and braised beef pot pie. The wine and beer list is small but select. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Ostrich Farm, 1525 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-537-0657.
Chef Neal Fraser has opened Redbird in the old rectory building at the historic St. Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Fraser, wife Amy Knoll Fraser and restaurateur Bill Chait (République, Bestia, Petty Cash Taqueria, etc.) currently operate Vibiana, a special events venue at the cathedral. The space features an outdoor dining area with retractable roof, as well as an indoor lounge offering cocktails from mixologist Julian Cox. Redbird, St. Vibiana Cathedral, 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-788-1191.
Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, in conjunction with renowned saxophonist Dave Koz, opened their new Beverly Hills restaurant, Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge. The restaurant offers refined California-inspired Italian cuisine in a state-of-the-art music venue. Executive chef Scott Howard’s menu features signature Spaghettini dishes from Seal Beach, including Parmesan-crusted Chilean sea bass, as well as new locally inspired Italian dishes such as Santa Barbara sea urchin with cucumber, jalapeño and pickled cherry, and orecchiette with six-hour Kurobuta pork bolognese, porcini mushrooms and Pecorino. Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-424-4600.
The Horn, West Hollywood’s newest steakhouse, is a bar and lounge that specializes in steaks, game and cocktails, courtesy of executive chef Adam Mitrano, a Gordon Ramsay alum, and Adam Klesh (Industry Bar, NYC.) Expect crispy alligator nuggets, a roasted pig head, pork belly chili and wood-grilled boar chop, along with salmon, mussels, pasta and burgers. Craft cocktails include a rhubarb Negroni and blackberry/elderflower Pimm's Cup accented with tarragon. The Horn, 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-933-6678.
The Houston Brothers (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone) have made a foray into restaurants with an American bistro, Butchers & Barbers. Luke Reyes (The Corner Door) is helming the stoves, turning out habanero mussels, lamb sausage, house-cured charcuterie and a côte du boeuf for two. Don’t worry, there will still be fancy cocktails. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Butchers & Barbers, 6531 Hollywood Blvd.
, Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-461-1464.
A new project from Stéphane Bombet (Faith & Flower, Picca), Terrine features the cuisine of chef Kris Morningstar (formerly of Ray’s & Stark Bar). Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
In Venice, chef-owner Travis Lett’s (Gjelina) Gjusta is a gorgeous new gourmet deli/bakery with burgeoning café space on deck. Find house-made pickled herring, smoked fish and charcuterie, breads and pastries, duck confit and artisan pickles. The espresso comes from a big La Marzocco machine. In the future, anticipate beer and wine, along with dinner hours and more seating. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun. Gjusta, 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310) 314-0320.
Chef Ricardo Diaz (Colonia Taco Lounge, Guisados) is teaming up with Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger) to open Tacoteca, a mezcal and taco lounge in Santa Monica in the former Charleston space. Expect grilled octopus tacos with serrano-peanut salsa, duck tacos, pork belly chicharron quesadillas, and a fine mezcal list, alongside specialty mezcal cocktails. Tacoteca, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-2115.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza has brought its wood-fired offerings to Pasadena with its eighth restaurant. Located Old Town-adjacent in the former Sizzler location on Arroyo Parkway, Pitfire is the brainchild of owner Paul Hibler, of Superba renown. Indoor and outdoor seating are available, the indoor focus being Pitfire’s signature wood-fired kiln. While pizzas take center stage, including one made with house-made burrata, menu options feature spaghetti with chicken meatballs and a variety of handmade salads. The full bar is stocked with an array of wine and beer, in addition to cocktails, both classic and seasonal. There is ample space for group gatherings, children’s birthday celebrations and pizza-making parties. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 730 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-376-9005.
Restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) have another Fairfax restaurant coming down the pike in 2015, called Jon & Vinny’s. The concept will also feature a wine store overseen by Helen Johannesen. Jon & Vinny's, 412 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Koreatown plays host to a new restaurant from Gary Menes, Le Comptoir (which means “the counter,”) in the refurbished Hotel Normandie. The modern, intimate space seats just 10 diners for a chef’s tasting menu five nights a week. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Le Comptoir, Hotel Normandie, 605 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005, no phone.
Eagle Rock Brewery has opened Eagle Rock Brewery Public House on Colorado Boulevard. Chef/co-owner Jerry Su (Bouchon, Son of a Gun) offers an elevated bar menu that includes fresh oysters, smoked fish dip, scallop with raisin miso and seaweed emulsion, Cornish hen and vegetable root pot pie. Of course, there is plenty of the brewery’s beer on tap, as well as wine and cider selections. Dinner Wed.-Mon. Eagle Rock Brewery Public House, 1627 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041, 323-739-0081.
Tara's Himalayan Cuisine has opened a second location adjacent to USC. Expect the same Tibetan/Nepalese menu as the original Palms spot, with distinctive momo dumplings, chicken korma, lamb stuffed flatbread, and hearty Sherpa stew with yak. To drink (or for dessert), there’s mango lassi. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tara's Himalayan Cuisine
, 1277 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007, 323-766-9775.
Cult-faves macaron ice cream and blue velvet cake are now found at the second location of Milk, in Silver Lake. Expect house-made specialty ice cream in milkshakes, sundaes and floats --- and don’t forget the ice cream sandwiches and cakes, as well as traditional baked goods and espresso drinks. There’s savory food, too, including pressed sandwiches, salads and soup. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Milk, 1639 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-913-9911.
In Little Tokyo, Kinjiro has taken over the former b.o.s space inside Honda Plaza, with a high-end izakaya menu that features uni pasta, pork belly stew, roasted bone marrow, miso cod and grilled chicken thigh with yuzu kosho. Dinner Wed.-Sun. Kinjiro, 424 E 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-229-8200.
The folks behind Silver Lake’s popular Barbrix have opened All’Acqua in neighboring Atwater Village. Chef Don Dickman’s market-driven Italian menu includes saffron risotto with shrimp, scallops, and calamari; Prime beef short ribs with polenta taragna, pea tendrils, chanterelle-red wine sauce; and ravioli with black truffle butter. Watch the artisan pizzas pop out of the wood-fired oven over salumi and craft cocktails at the lively bar. Dinner nightly. All’Acqua, 3280 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-663-3280.
Baja-inspired Mexican cuisine is served up at solita Tacos & Margaritas, now open in the Westfield Valencia Town Center. The menu offers tacos, burritos and enchiladas along with specialties like wood-grilled wild fish served with lime butter and avocado salad. solita Tacos & Margaritas, Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Ste. 3470, Valencia, CA 91355, 661-291-1399.
Ruth's Chris Steak House has opened a location in Marina del Rey. Special additions to the menu at this branch include a chilled seafood tower (Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, colossal lump blue crab) and bone-in filet, bone-in New York strip and Tomahawk rib-eye steaks. Ruth's Chris Steak House, Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave., #230, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-821-4593.
The newest sibling in the Superba family, Superba Snacks + Coffee will open its doors to Pasadenans in February 2015. Seeking to emulate the ambiance of an intimate neighborhood coffee shop, it will offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in-between. The menu will feature an array of breads, pastries and sandwiches, all made by Superba Food + Bread, and coffee from Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters. Under the guidance of Paul Hibler, owner and creator of Pitfire Artisan Pizza, Superba Snack Bar, East Borough and Superba Food + Bread, it will be located next door to the Pitfire Artisan Pizza. Superba Snacks + Coffee, 712 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105, no phone.
Chef Michael Fiorelli, most recently of mar'sel, partnered with Cafe Pierre owners Guy Gabriele and his daughter, Sylvie, on a new Italian-inspired restaurant called Love & Salt. It opened November 25, 2014, in the former space of Cafe Pierre, which closed in April 2014, after being in business for more than 30 years. Love & Salt, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-545-5252.
Long Beach’s Belmont Shore welcomes a new location of Creamistry, known for its made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream in 50-plus flavors, ranging from butter pecan and black sesame to passionfruit, lychee and salted caramel. Also, find waffle bowls, shakes and plenty of tempting toppings. Lunch & Dinner Daily. Creamistry, 4725 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, CA 90803, 562-434-8044.
Santa Monica’s new casual spot Kye's serves up super-food wraps (dubbed “Kyeritos” by owner Jeanne Cheng). Smoked salmon and quinoa are on the breakfast menu, while bulgogi with Asian veggies is available for lunch or dinner. Drinks include garden-fresh mocktails, smoothies and shakes. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun. Kye's, 1518 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-395-5937.
On Beverly Boulevard, chefs Jet Tila (The Charleston) and Chris Barnett (Four Seasons in Beverly Hills) have opened the 4,000-square foot Stir Market, a “neighborhood food hall for Los Angeles.” Mixing epicurean retail spaces --- artisan bakery, espresso bar, gourmet marketplace --- with a wine bar and expo kitchen, you can shop, dine and sip under one roof. Breakfast offers dishes like Moroccan baked eggs with merguez sausage, while dinner features crispy porchetta with herbs. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 310-600-2732.
Sweetfin Poké will debut its Hawaiian raw fish bowls at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Santa Monica. The menu, created by chef Dakota Weiss, will feature “designer bowls” of the beloved Hawaiian seafood dish including classic tuna, kale snapper, spicy yuzu salmon and mango opah. You can also build your own bowl. Find sides like taro chips and house-infused teas with dragon fruit and lemongrass. Sweetfin Poké, 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Alberto and Elaine Morello will open Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria at Shoppes at Westlake Village in Winter 2015. These will be sister locations to the original Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria in Santa Barbara, where Alberto and Elaine Morello also operate Olio Crudo Bar. Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria, Shoppes at Westlake Village, 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village, CA 91362. For more information, visit oliocucina.com
Restaurateur Bill Chait has collaborated with chefs Timothy Hollingsworth (The French Laundry) and Rory Hermann (Bouchon), as well as mixologist Julian Cox, to open Barrel & Ashes, an haute barbecue spot, in Studio City. Smoked meats include pulled pork from Salmon Creek Farms, brisket from Double R Ranch, and smoked sausage from Electric City butchers. There’s a smoked beef tongue Reuben, as well as “snacks” like smoked beets with pistachio and sorrel, grilled blue prawns and frito pie. Dinner nightly. Barrel & Ashes, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-623-8883.
Nick's Manhattan Beach has opened in the former Chez Soi space. The restaurant offers a menu of classic American fare. Nick's also has locations in Laguna Beach, San Clemente and Long Beach. Nick's Manhattan Beach, Metlox Plaza, 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-545-7373.
Silver Lake’s self-proclaimed “New Age burger stand,” Haché LA, features beef patties made to order from USDA Angus Sirloin that’s ground fresh all day. Fries made from organic American potatoes are triple-fried, and frozen custard is made to order with liquid nitrogen. To drink, there’s fresh strawberry basil lemonade, craft beers and wine. Lunch & Dinner daily. Haché LA, 3319 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-928-2963.
Christine Moore (Little Flower Candy Co.) has opened Lincoln in Pasadena. The large, airy former 1920s machine shop dishes up locally sourced pastry and baked goods, Stumptown coffee, as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. Expect huevos rancheros and house-made gravlax, salads, duck confit, charcuterie and steak. A beer and wine license is expected in a couple months, when the restaurant will open for dinner. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Lincoln, 1992 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-765-6746.
Vietnamese eatery Banh Mí has opened in Venice at Rose and Lincoln. Expect a hipster vibe and traditional and updated Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, filled with everything from caramelized pork belly and pâté, to short rib, turmeric chicken braised in makrut lime leaves, chili-roasted tofu, and even breakfast versions with fried egg or coddled egg on spinach. Lunch & Dinner daily. Banh Mí, 307 Lincoln Blvd.
, Venice, CA 90291, 310-429-1959.
A new Pasadena craft cocktail establishment Magnolia House, has opened in a 1912 craftsman bungalow on South Lake Avenue. The cocktail program was developed by mixologist Evan Zimmerman (Portland’s The Woodsman), and executive chef Kyu Yi creates a small plate menu and eclectic bar bites. Expect cocktails like the Copper Heart (pisco, grapefruit liqueur, lemon juice, cinnamon) and the Night Cap (coffee bean Cynar, Dolin Blanc, fig bitters). Dishes range from roasted beets with burrata to ahi sashimi, shrimp toast, and apple cinnamon bread pudding. Dinner nightly. Magnolia House, 492 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-584-1126.
A menu of wood-fire grilled and roasted fare arrived November 1, 2014, with the opening of Cadet. Kris Tominaga (The Hart & the Hunter), is behind this homage to rural French dining. Tartines run the gamut from a light combo of delicata squash with pecans and baby kale to the richness of beef tartare with marrow butter, Roquefort, smoked oil and chive. Other offerings from Cadet’s centerpiece wood-fired grill include pork collar, rib eye steak and an array of seafood, served in a cozy setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. The bar features an extensive selection of wine, beer and craft cocktails. Open daily for dinner. Cadet, 2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-828-3300.
Oyster chef extraordinaire Christophe Happillon has opened The Oyster Gourmet at the Grand Central Market in downtown L.A. Expect oysters paired with wines, and also mussels, scallops, clams and sea urchin. The Oyster Gourmet, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-624-2378.
Restaurateur Jonathan Chu (Buddha’s Belly, Copa d’Oro) and mixologist Vincenzo Marianella (Copa d’Oro, Providence) have enlisted Chef David Bartnes (b.o.s.) and General Manager Tatia Oshidari (Orris) to establish The Independence, a modern tavern in Santa Monica’s former Buddha’s Belly space. The neighborhood restaurant and bar will feature market-driven food and cocktails. The Independence, 205 Broadway Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-2500.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT DEALS & PROMOTIONS
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Chef Kris Morningstar Debuts Brunch at Terrine
Terrine has announced a three-day brunch service (Friday-Sunday) with a menu from chef Kris Morningstar that includes pain perdu with vanilla-battered French toast, sea salt caramel frosting and maple; frisée aux lardons with Benton’s bacon, slow-cooked egg and mustard vinaigrette; spicy fried chicken and grits with scallions and maple; and eggs with spicy tomato sauce, fennel pollen, basil, pecorino and crostini. Brunch cocktails range from an “Italian Soda” with Campari, Cynar and pilsner to a Bloody Mary with heirloom tomato, Monopolowa and spice. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
The Name Game
Chef Josef Centeno (Baco Mercat, Orsa & Winston) reopened Pete’s Café as Pete’s in DTLA’s Old Bank District, then soon after changed the name of the restaurant to Ledlow Swan. The menu offers dishes ranging from caramelized cauliflower to crispy pork belly with spinach and fried egg, and braised beef shoulder served family-style. Ledlow Swan, 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-687-7015.
Firefly Debuts Sunday Brunch on the Patio
Firefly has opened its sprawling patio to Sunday brunch-goers for the first time, with a sunny outdoor setting perfect for chef Paul Shoemaker’s signature dishes. They include shrimp and creamy polenta with poached egg, scrambled eggs with Burgundy truffles, and Maine lobster Benedict. To drink, there are fresh-pressed juice, and customizable mimosas and Bloody Marys. Firefly, 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-762-1833.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Paul Lee has been announced as the executive chef of Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group. Chef Lee recently helmed the kitchen at Le Cirque at Bellagio and has also held positions at other fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas, including L’Orangerie and Joël Robuchon Restaurant. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-972-3331.
West Hollywood’s fanciful La Boheme is now under the management of Global Dining, and has welcomed new executive chef Martha Esquivel (Border Grill). New menu items include Catalan octopus with saffron, ahi tartare with cucumber and yuzu, duck breast with black lentils, and beef tenderloin with corn soufflé. La Boheme, 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-848-2360.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Gonpachi, the Japanese restaurant at Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, closed on December 9, 2014. Gonpachi, Miyako Hybrid Hotel, 21381 S Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501, no phone.
The Studio City location of Chi Dynasty has closed and been replaced by dim sum eatery Shanghai Rose. Chi Dynasty, 12229 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-980-3888.
Chef Brendan Collins’ popular Culver City gastropub, Waterloo & City, will be closing the last week of January 2015. Collins plans to reopen later in 2015 in a smaller location. The current space will open as The Hatchet Hall in the spring. Waterloo & City, 12517 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066, 310-391-4222.
Paiche, the Peruvian restaurant established by Ricardo Zarate, closed after December 31, 2014. It will re-open with a different owner and chef as a seafood concept in February. Paiche, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Mo-Chica has closed. Chef Ricardo Zarate's original incarnation of Mo-Chica was situated at the Mercado La Paloma, and the Peruvian eatery was later reinvented at this downtown location. Mo-Chica, 514 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Venice favorite Axe has closed after 15 years on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Owner Joanna Moore states she will move on to new projects. No word yet on what will happen to the space. Axe, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Hollywood's beloved watering hole The Cat & Fiddle has closed. The restaurant is looking to move into a new location. The Cat & Fiddle, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
Ilan Hall’s popular Los Angeles restaurant, The Gorbals, has left its current location in the Alexandria Hotel with plans to move to another, yet unspecified, DTLA location. Hall has also recently opened a sibling to The Gorbals in Brooklyn. The chef plans to move away from offal and meat dishes and focus more on vegan offerings. The Gorbals, The Alexandria, 501 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
Chef John Rivera Sedlar closed his downtown restaurant Rivera after December 31, 2014. Sedlar will be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to open his new restaurant ELOISA. Rivera, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Aburiya Toranoko in Little Tokyo is closed for remodeling. Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-621-9500.
Richard Sandoval’s Latin spots La Sandia and Zengo, located atop the third floor of Santa Monica Place, will close in March to make way for a new location of The Cheesecake Factory. La Sandia, Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-3300.
Santa Monica’s seasonal pioneer, JiRaffe, will be closing on Valentine’s Day 2015. Owner Raphael Lunetta opened the restaurant with Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) 18 years ago. There's been no news on a replacement for the space yet. JiRaffe, 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-917-6671.
Red Medicine closed at the end of October 2014. We will miss chef Jordan Kahn’s cuisine. His creativity and cuisine put him on the coveted GAYOT’s Top 5 Rising Chefs in the US list in 2011. Perhaps the noise and darkness of the restaurant took a toll on the patrons. We look forward to his new venture. Red Medicine, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, no phone.
Italian trattoria Girasole in Larchmont Village has closed. It is scheduled to re-open as Vernetti. Girasole, 225 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
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