Los Angeles Restaurant News
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.
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, will open Simone in the Arts District on September 20. The restaurant will feature 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, no phone.
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.
Mild Sauce serves fried chicken, catfish and jumbo fried shrimp accompanied by the restaurant's namesake condiment (a sweet and slightly spicy sauce that is a Chicago favorite). Mild Sauce, 8500 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-652-3310.
Traditional French boulangerie, pâtisserie and café Pitchoun! has expanded from its DTLA flagship into the Beverly Center, serving up breakfast and lunch daily. Besides artisan breads, morning viennoiseries, an array of sophisticated sweets and various savory items like pissaladière and gougères, look for heartier fare such as Provencal eggs and salade Niçoise, and a Parisian omelette, smoked salmon tartine, pan bagnat sandwich and, of course, croque monsieur. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Pitchoun!, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 103, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-381-5328.
Noodle fans will want to check out Marugame Udon at the Beverly Center. The Sawtelle location offers a wide variety of udon that ranges from simple kake udon to beef udon, curry udon, tonkotsu udon and specialties like garlic chicken salad udon. Look for a variety of tempura, too, as well as a slew of musubi including crab and kombu. Marugame Udon, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 105, Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-734-0243.
The upcoming, swank Palisades Village complex opening on September 22 will feature a new Blue Ribbon Sushi restaurant, joining locations in New York City, Miami and LA’s The Grove. Look for an upscale spot with a patio and omakase bar, sushi and Japanese specialties like togarashi spiced fried chicken, oxtail and bone marrow fried rice, and braised short rib with truffle teriyaki, and an extensive wine, saké and cocktail menu. Blue Ribbon Sushi, Palisades Village, 1030 N. Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, no phone.
sixth + mill pizzeria and bar is a casual Italian eatery opening in August in the Arts District. It comes from the folks behind The Factory Kitchen and Officine BRERA, namely chef Angelo Auriana (formerly of Valentino) and restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi (previously of Spago). The sleek, modern dining room is the backdrop for a menu that includes Southern Italian specialties such as a variety of Neapolitan pizzas, antipasto, salads and fritture. Linguine and clams, and gnocchi sorrentina are among the pastas; mains feature mussels in white wine and garlic, meatballs in tomato sauce, and eggplant with scamorza. Expect a standout Italian wine list with choices by the glass, beer and amaro cocktails. sixth + mill pizzeria and bar, 1335 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-553-8006.
Paramount Coffee Project has opened a new location in DTLA. The café focuses on java from select local and international coffee roasters and baked goods alongside a noteworthy contemporary Cali menu from Ria Dolly Barbosa (Sqirl, go get em tiger) that includes an avocado tartine with pea tendrils and toasted hazelnuts; uni toast with sourdough, a soft egg and market herbs; a roast lamb sandwich with harissa and lime yogurt; and tea leaf salad. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Paramount Coffee Project, ROW DTLA, 1320 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-372-5305.
In Santa Monica a new Japanese restaurant, LDH Kitchen The Robata, has opened on Wilshire Boulevard. The LDH Kitchen franchise has ten locations in Japan serving a variety of cuisines, from izakaya to shabu shabu to hot pot. The Robata in Santa Monica specializes in high-end grilled skewers like lobster tail and domestic Wagyu. Signature dishes from chef Makoto Takano (Botan in Tokyo) include blue fin tuna tartar, Wagyu and foie gras crispy rice, truffle soba noodle, and pork belly pie. Salads and sushi and sashimi round things out. LDH Kitchen The Robata, 2518 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 310-230-5331.
East Coast import Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will open a second Los Angeles area location in Santa Monica in late 2018, joining the DTLA branch. Expect seasonal doughnuts made with fresh fruit and produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market, along with chicken wings and sandwiches. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 2309 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
In Sherman Oaks an elegant new spot, Sushi Note, offers a collaboration of high-end sushi and fine wine. Chef Kiminobu Saito (formerly of 4 on 6 sushi bar) helms a seven-seat omakase sushi bar; there are also intimate tables and booths. Owners Dave Gibbs and Silvia Gallo of the nearby Augustine wine bar have created a lengthy, sophisticated wine, beer and saké list to accompany the sushi. Sushi Note, 13447 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-802-3443.
Larchmont Bungalow Café (formerly located in Larchmont) has opened in Echo Park with new owners, offering lots of exposed brick and wooden beams, a leafy patio, and a menu of salads, sandwiches, bowls, gourmet burgers and signature egg dishes. Look for morning items including latkes and lox, red and blue velvet pancakes, a vegan breakfast burrito, and a seafood omelet with lobster, shrimp and fresh blue crab. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Larchmont Bungalow Café, 2110 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-908-5301.
Chef Teresa Montaño (Ración) has opened her progressive Spanish restaurant, Otoño, in Highland Park. Look for a variety of paellas, creative tapas, Spanish seafood classics, seasonal vegan dishes, and a Spanish specialty of squid in its own ink. To drink find a good selection of Spanish beers, wines, vermouths and sherries, as well as Spanish gin and tonics. Otoño, 5715 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-474-6624.
El Tejano has opened a second location in Woodland Hills, serving classics such as grilled street corn, Frito pie, a wide variety of tacos, burritos and enchiladas, and Southwest quinoa bowls. Weekend breakfast includes Tejano chilaquiles and a Texas breakfast burrito with brisket. All day, every day there’s a happy hour with a second drink “Texas-sized” for $2. Look for a large outdoor patio with games like corn hole, plenty of draft beer, frozen margaritas and a mezcal list. El Tejano, 21028 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-302-7206.
Patina Restaurant Group’s latest fast-casual spot, Cocina Roja, is a nice new addition to the outdoor dining options at the Music Center. Inspired by the flavors of Mexico City, this traditional Mexican al fresco taqueria offers authentic fare featuring guacamole en molcajete, quinoa salad, shrimp cocktail, tacos (oxtail, chimichurri shrimp, chicken, steak and mesquite smoked mushroom), stuffed poblano peppers, grilled chicken, salmon or skirt steak. Cocina Roja, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
A rarified Japanese restaurant from NYC restaurateur Reika Alexander (EN Japanese Brasserie) has opened at Château Marmont in a secluded bungalow located on the property. Chateau Hanare (“cottage set apart”) is accessed from a separate entrance on Selma. Chef Abe Hiroki's kaiseki and à la carte menus include seasonal sashimi, uni toast with cherry blossom smoked uni, grilled lobster with yuzu miso sauce, Wagyu beef, foie gras hand rolls, and uni ice cream. Look for high-end cocktails and select saké and wine lists. Dinner nightly. Chateau Hanare, Château Marmont, 8097 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-963-5269.
Chef Matt Molina has partnered with the folks at Silverlake Wine to open a stylish new neighborhood spot in Highland Park called Hippo. The menu features crispy squash blossoms with ricotta and warm cranberry, hamachi crudo with kumquat relish and chervil, guinea hen ravioli, and barbequed pork country ribs. There’s a delightful list of wines by the glass, and an equally compelling cocktail collection with specialties like “Paris is Burning” mixed with bourbon, Italicus, lemon, blackberry, aquafaba and saffron. Hippo, 5916 1⁄2 Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042, 323-545-3536.
New York City’s famous Greek restaurant Avra Madison Estiatorio has opened a west coast outpost named AVRA Beverly Hills. Designed to evoke an open-air villa in Greece, the 11,000-square-foot restaurant features plenty of stone, glass and lemon trees. Expect some traditional Greek fare with a strong emphasis on fresh seafood. Dishes include Chilean sea bass soup, ouzo mussels, sashimi, and fresh caught whole fish by the pound – including Mediterranean white snapper, loup de mer, royal dorado, sinagrida and scorpion fish. There’s also a $115 porterhouse steak, grilled lamb chops, many Greek sides, and a good selection of Mediterranean wines. Lunch & Dinner daily. AVRA Beverly Hills, 233 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-734-0841.
In Venice, Rose Avenue is now home to Makani, a stylish spot for tiki rum drinks and a sleek menu from executive chef Kevin Lee. Lee’s dishes explore his Korean roots with a contemporary California spin – look for cured ocean trout, mung bean jeon, skirt steak ssams with horseradish turmeric cream, braised short rib and crispy duck confit. The rum list boasts over 80 varieties from around the globe, and some go into impressive artisanal cocktails. There’s also a progressive list of natural wines and grower Champagnes. Makani, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-645-5410.
Hasiba is a new vegetarian kosher “hummusiya” on Pico with an Israeli/Moroccan angle and a focus on a variety of fresh hummus and house-made pita (from Lodge Bread partners). Look for wild mushroom hummus with chermoula, hearty pita sandwiches with fried eggplant or roasted tomatoes and peppers, shakshouka two ways, and salads and sweets. To drink find traditional Turkish coffee, mint tea and seasonal granitas. Breakfast & Lunch Sun.-Fri., Dinner Sun.-Thurs.. Hasiba, 8532 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 424-302-0225.
Bar Caló is a chic new all-day neighborhood spot in Echo Park from husband and wife duo Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman (Ostrich Farm). A Mexican-inspired California menu features poblano-corn pancakes with poached egg and salsa ranchera, chilaquiles mole with fried egg, ocean trout with chipotle mayo, salt roasted spot prawns, and market oysters with a trio of mignonettes. Look for sophisticated craft cocktails from Jeremy Simpson, a broad mezcal and tequila list, and a select wine and beer list with Mexican choices. Bar Caló, 1498 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 213-278-0901.
Chef Charles Olalia (ex-Patina) transforms the former Bar Angeles in Silver Lake into a casually hip and modern Filipino spot called Ma’am Sir. There’s a long, lively bar, colorful tables and chairs, bold, artsy wallpaper, and vines romantically cascading from wooden beams. Olalia’s menu includes the likes of lumpia with shrimp and uni, baked coconut mussels, pork sisig with sweetbreads and calamansi, lobster inihaw with taro leaf curry, and rib-eye salpicao with citrus brown butter and pimenton. Expect creative craft cocktails with some tropical twists, beer and wine by the glass. Ma'am Sir, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-741-8371.
Now open in Hollywood is Spoonfed, an all-day dining restaurant with a garden oasis setting. Breakfast kicks off with pineapple lemon ricotta pancakes, avocado toast and steak and eggs, while lunch and dinner items include salads, flatbreads and sandwiches. Spoonfed, 959 Seward St., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-347-7000.
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.
Private Dining at Tesse
Tesse in West Hollywood now features a private dining room in the evenings at the adjacent wine store Boutellier. Tesse, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-3866.
Lunch Now Offered at Montrésor
Studio City's enchanting bistro Montrésor now offers lunch service Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu offers appetizers of Bibb lettuce salad with avocado, French onion soup and crab cake, followed by Croque Madame, coq au vin and the house burger topped with Comté cheese. Montrésor, 11266 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-760-7081.
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.
As the new executive chef of the W Hollywood, Charles Lacad (formerly of The Omni San Francisco and Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay) reconstructs the hotel’s menu for the first time since its opening eight years ago. Dishes at the hotel restaurant Delphine focus on elevated California bistro fare with diverse flavors inspired in part from his childhood growing up in O’ahu, Hawaii. New signature items include red-wine braised short rib parpadella; ahi crudo with yuzu avocado purée, watermelon radish and black sea salt; diver scallops with truffled sweet corn nage; and seasonal risotto. Delphine, W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-798-1355.
Chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse) will soon reinvent the eateries at The Line hotel in Koreatown, filling the void left by Roy Choi’s departure from COMMISSARY and POT. Citrin will helm both restaurant revamps; expect elevated French California cuisine, and likely a standout wine list. The Line Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-381-7411.
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.
In Atwater Village chef David Wilcox’s (Gjelina) restaurant, Journeymen, will morph into a casual pizza spot, at least for the time being, and a new name is pending. Journeymen, 3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-284-8879.
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.
New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian's Georgie at the Montage Beverly Hills has become The Restaurant. Georgie, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Longtime popular Mexican restaurants Malo (4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake) and Màs Malo (Downtown) both closed at the end of July. Mas Malo, 515 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
In Pasadena, the French-Vietnamese restaurant Abricott has closed. A new Mendocino Farms will open later this year in the location. Abricott, 238 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
Au Fudge Los Angeles, the kid-friendly (yet chic) restaurant from Jessica Biel, is now only operating as an event space. Au Fudge Los Angeles, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Chef Neal Fraser (Redbird) has closed his casual chicken spot Fritzi Coop in DTLA. The original Fritzi Coop is still open at the Original Farmers Market on Fairfax. Fritzi Coop, 814 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
In Silver Lake, Bar Angeles has closed and flipped into the casually upscale Filipino restaurant Ma’am Sir. Bar Angeles, 4330 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, no phone.
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