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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES

Montrésor aims to bring a romantic slice of France to Studio City, courtesy of actress/restaurateur Lisa Long and designer and partner, Ann Booth Luly. Executive chef Paul Shoemaker has created a menu of French classics distinguished by innovative techniques and seasonal produce. Montrésor, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-760-7081.
 
Chef Aitor Zabala, who collaborated with chef José Andrés on Somni Somni, a fine-dining concept from chef José Andrés and chef Aitor Zabala, will open in March 2018 at SLS Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills. The culinary journey of 20-plus courses will draw inspiration from the chefs' childhoods in Spain, as well as the epicurean experiences they've collected in Los Angeles and on world travels. Tickets are available via Tock. Somni, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-246-5543.
 
As part of Beverly Center’s ambitious gastronomic upgrade, Eggslut has opened on the ground level, on the corner of 3rd & San Vicente. It brings its breakfast sandwiches, burgers and the celebrated “slut” – coddled egg on potato purée in a glass jar. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Eggslut, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-975-3822.
 
Rappahannock has a number of East Coast locations (Richmond, Charleston, Washington DC) and its first West Coast sibling will land at the ROW DTLA complex downtown in March. Chef Nick Erven (Saint Martha, Erven) will be at the helm, so expect a menu beyond the raw bar, as well as cocktails and wine. Rappahannock Oyster Bar, ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
 
Triple Beam Pizza has opened in Highland Park, thanks to a collaboration between Nancy Silverton (Mozza), Matt Molina (Everson Royce Bar) and Randy Clement (Silverlake Wine). Look for five-foot-long Roman-style pies ranging from a margherita, patate and salame to nettle and sausage --- order squares by length and pay by the ounce at the counter. Italian-inspired sandwiches with Silverton’s magic touch are also on offer. There’s wine by the glass, a store and tasting room, and a patio for socializing. Triple Beam Pizza, 5916 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 
NoMad Los Angeles has landed in downtown LA Building upon its success in New York City, NoMad Los Angeles has landed in downtown LA. The property boasts a dining program spearheaded by chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. The Mezzanine, the most formal option, overlooks the lobby and serves dinner, while the lobby restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Giannini Bar specializes in classic and original cocktails. NoMad Los Angeles, NoMad Los Angeles, 649 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-358-0000.
 
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis are following up their hit Italian spot Bestia with Bavel, a Middle Eastern restaurant also located in downtown LA's Arts District. Bavel, 500 Matteo St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
 
Hollywood’s stylish new Emerson College building on Sunset is host to restaurateur George Abou-Daoud’s latest casual spot, Common Project. Look for American bistro fare from chef Leo Bongarra, including a sirloin burger, salmon Niçoise salad, wild mushroom mac and cheese, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and steak frites, served in an airy, modern dining room. Common Project, 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-952-6243.
 
Making the jump from NYC, chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room) has opened Hearth & Hound in the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-320-4022.
 
David Chang (Momofuku) has made his way to LA with Majordomo in north Chinatown. Expect Chang’s signature Momofuku stylings on dishes like seasonal braised vegetables and short rib and a focus on other meats from the smoker. Majordomo, 1725 Naud St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 323-545-4880.
 
LA dumpling lovers may soon have to go only as far east as Highland Park for their fix, as San Gabriel’s Luscious Dumpling Group will open Mason’s Dumpling Shop on Figueroa Street sometime after New Year’s. Look for the likes of steamed soup dumplings, pan-fried pork dumplings and boiled chive dumplings as well as stewed beef and pork belly noodles and combos. Mason's Dumpling Shop, 5803 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 
Restaurateurs Anne Conness and Nancy Vrankovic (Sausal) have opened Jaffa in the former Blue Plate Oysterette space on West Third Street. Look for seasonal, modern Israeli cuisine with a focus on dishes like zeitgeist-driven roasted cauliflower, grilled eggplant with pomegranate, house-made hummus and salads. Jaffa, 8048 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-433-4978.
 
Chef Kris Yenbamroong’s newest outpost of Night + Market has opened on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice. Night + Market Sahm offers grilled and spicy Thai fare from a menu similar to the ones at the WeHo and Silver Lake locations. Night + Market Sahm, 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-301-0333.
 
San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with Angler in Los Angeles San Francisco restaurant Saison is expanding with a new, seafood-focused concept, Angler, which will open first  in the Bay Area and later in Los Angeles. In LA, the raw bar and grill will open in Fall 2018 at the Beverly Center (joining Michael Mina's Cal Mare). Angler, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 
Chef Casey Lane helms the stoves at Viale Dei Romani trattoria in West Hollywood’s Kimpton La Peer Hotel. The focus is on wood-fired coastal seafood, market vegetables, a raw bar and handmade pastas. Viale Dei Romani, Kimpton La Peer Hotel, 627 N. La Peer Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-691-1600.
 
Actor Danny Trejo has opened another namesake restaurant, this time in Woodland Hills. At the new Trejo’s Cantina look for a menu similar to that of the Hollywood and Pasadena locations, with the likes of steak nachos, red chimichurri Brussels sprouts, a wet surf ‘n’ turf burrito with shrimp and steak, chile relleno, carnitas burrito and blackened salmon taco. Mexican beer and a variety of margaritas round things out. Lunch & Dinner daily. Trejo’s Cantina, 21550 Oxnard St., Ste. 125, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, 818-805-3275.
 
The third location of Cleo opened on December 2, 2017, on West Third Street in The Orlando Hotel. In a sprawling space with Middle Eastern design and a large patio, chef Danny Elmaleh offers a sophisticated Mediterranean menu. Expect shareable mezze like crispy artichoke hummus, grilled octopus, harissa tuna tartare and spicy cigars alongside duck matzo ball soup, Moroccan lamb, saffron chicken and seared branzino. Dinner nightly. Cleo, The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-579-1600.
 
Chef Michael Hung (Mama Lion) has opened XO, a restaurant and marketplace, on Beverly Boulevard. Expect a bright, modern industrial space with red metal chairs and black banquettes, and cases with gourmet to-go salads, sandwiches and other dishes, as well as beer and wine. Look for a Cal-Asian menu with the likes of Burmese salad, chicken and black soy stuffed wontons, roasted pork belly banh mi and lemongrass Jidori chicken. XO, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-903-0016.
 
Highland Park welcomes Côté Est, a smart French neighborhood bistro from Eastside restaurateurs Claudio and Adria Blotta, in the former 51 Tavern space on York Boulevard. The lofty wood-beamed dining room has romantic lighting and a long bar, and a patio is out back. The menu from executive chef Alex Ageneau includes steak tartare with smoked beets, escargot, seared foie gras tartine with quince, fried skate wing, duck confit, and cheese and charcuterie. Dinner nightly. Côté Est, 5022 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-739-6762.
 
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is set to debut inside the reimagined Beverly Center mall in Spring 2018. As with its other locations in Miami Beach, Las Vegas and Singapore, the classic Southern cooking will include chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles, deviled eggs, and house-made buttermilk biscuits. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood debuts new vegan menu BOA Steakhouse Debuts Chic New Vegan Menu
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood is launching a globally inspired menu of new vegan, plant-based dishes, with French, Asian and Italian influences. Look for beet poke with jalapeño, ginger and root chips; Nidi Bolognese with almond ricotta and mushroom Bolognese; stuffed savoy cabbage leaves with butternut squash dates, pecans and black garlic; and a wild mushroom burger with arugula aïoli and truffle on a potato bun. BOA Steakhouse, Luckman Plaza, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2050.
 
Scratch Bar & Kitchen Transforms with Renovation, Cocktail Bar & Tasting Menu
Scratch Bar & Kitchen has unveiled a transformed dining room, newly designed cocktail bar and progressive tasting menu experience. For Scratch Bar & Kitchen 2.0, chef-owners Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee offer a 20-plus-course, $145 per person tasting menu that includes dishes like wild mushroom meringue with truffled chanterelle mousse and absinthe-cured foie gras; diced jellyfish with soy, ponzu, yuzu kosho and black truffle; and desserts by Kallas-Lee highlighting a cheese course of Triple-Crème Camembert Iced Cream drizzled with smoked honey. Liquid courses showcase classic distillation techniques utilizing double-globe glass infusers and vacuum siphons, while an eclectically expanded wine list curated by sommelier Gavin Humes emphasizes small-production vintners from California and hard-to-find bottles from around the globe. Tailored beverage options range from a $125 Grand Tasting featuring bespoke cocktails, beers, spirits and wine to a lighter $85 pairing. Scratch Bar & Kitchen, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-646-6085.
 
New Project Announced from Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke
Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke (République) will open a new restaurant in the historic Herald Examiner building in downtown on Broadway and 11th Street. The 1914 building, which is currently being revamped, was designed by Julia Morgan, who also was the architect of Hearst Castle.
 

UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS

Randy Clement (Silverlake Wine, Everson Royce Bar), Matt Molina (Everson Royce Bar, ex-Mozza) and Nancy Silverton (Mozza) have teamed up on Triple Beam Pizza, a Roman-style pizza joint in Highland Park. Triple Beam Pizza, 5916 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, no phone.
 

LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

The Santa Monica Pier’s three-story Italian restaurant Ristorante Al Mare has closed, and will transform into Seaside On The Pier. Ristorante Al Mare, Santa Monica Pier, 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
 
Tom Bergin’s Tavern is preparing for what might be its last St. Patrick’s Day Tom Bergin’s Tavern has announced it will be limiting opening hours in preparation for its "farewell" St. Patrick's Day. Tom Bergin’s Tavern, 840 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-936-7151.
 
Bouchon in Beverly Hills closed at the end of 2017 Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills closed at the end of 2017, along with Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon. Bouchon also has locations in Las Vegas and Yountville, CA. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 

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