Los Angeles Restaurant News
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Chef Bryant Ng and his wife, Kim Luu-Ng, who steered The Spice Table to national praise, have teamed with prolific restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Rustic Canyon, Sweet Rose Creamery) on this modern Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. Cassia, whose name that refers to a variety of Vietnamese cinnamon, occupies the ground floor of an Art Deco building, with 135 seats indoors, bars devoted to alcohol and raw seafood preparations, and 65 seats on the patio. Culinary influences primarily draw from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, resulting in Asian-leaning charcuterie and dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, white pepper crab and tandoor-blistered naan with chopped escargots. Some dishes popular at The Spice Table have made the transition west, including kaya toast. Zoe Nathan and Laurel Almerinda have teamed on desserts like Vietnamese coffee pudding. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Cassia, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-6699.
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have brought their Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to The Grove in the Fairfax District. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-352-9300.
Chef Rick Bayless will open a Santa Monica location of his modern Mexican restaurant Red O, which already has branches in Los Angeles (on Melrose Avenue) and Newport Beach. Red O, 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90046, no phone.
Manhattan House has opened in Manhattan Beach. Chef Diana Stavaridis creates a seasonal menu influenced by food sustainability. Manhattan House, 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-574-2277.
Otium, a project from Bill Chait's Sprout LA restaurant group, is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in September 2015. The restaurant will feature wood-fired fare from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, the former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry who also collaborated on Barrel & Ashes. Otium, 222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Black Hogg chef Eric Park has reformatted his former DTLA Hero Shop into the Ohana Poké Co, offering a selection of bases (heirloom sushi rice or kale), with poke variations of ohana shoyu, spicy tuna, sweet unagi, chili mango, shiso radish and soy ginger tofu. Sides include kimchi cucumbers and ponzu spicy noodles. To drink, there’s ginger beer, Mexican pop and Stumptown cold brew coffee. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Ohana Poké Co., 130 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-265-7561.
Chef Charles Olalia (ex-Patina) and business partner Santos Uy (Papilles) have opened the intimate Rice Bar in downtown L.A., serving Filipino rice bowls made with non-GMO, fair-trade heirloom rice, imported from various islands in the Philippines. Dishes feature chicken tinola (free-range chicken simmered in aromatic ginger broth, green papaya, chili leaves) bistek Tagalog (soy marinated black angus beef sirloin, pan-seared, with red onions & calamansi), and dilis frito (sun-dried anchovies, deep-fried and topped off with avocado, tomato, radish and scallion salad.) For dessert, find coconut ice pops, and juice and soda to drink. Expect breakfast service soon. Rice Bar, 419 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Former "Top Chef" contestant Nyesha Arrington (ex-Wilshire Restaurant) will open her first restaurant, Leona, on Washington Boulevard in Venice in August 2015. Expect “progressive California cuisine” with local sourcing and pan-cultural accents, like a slow-braised short rib, coastal seafood cocktail with watermelon and tomato, and sweet corn ice cream with fresh turmeric on white peaches and rose water. A variety of spaces at the restaurant will include a chef’s counter, communal tables and patio. Beer and wine will be served. Leona, 123 W Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-822-5379.
Adrienne Nicole Borlongan, a food scientist and cocktail pro, is teaming up with attorney JP Lopez on Wanderlust Creamery in Tarzana. The business operates a micro-dairy in-house and makes its own base. Borlongan preaches global inspiration and local ingredients for flavors like blueberry elderflower and strawberry balsamic mascarpone. Wanderlust Creamery is set to debut in August 2015 in a former Cold Stone Creamery space. Wanderlust Creamery, 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-212-4768.
Mint Leaf is a colorful Indian restaurant in east Pasadena that features a pressed-tin ceiling, wood tables and floors, elaborate wallpaper in bold colors, and golden chandeliers. Executive chef Jayanta K. Paul delivers a balanced menu with a variety of proteins prepared in the tandoor, and featured in curries or sauces like tikka masala. Breads stray from tradition, with naan stuffed with combos like feta and olives, or mozzarella and toasted pine nuts. Desserts like kulfi and rasmalai are made in-house. To drink, sure they serve lassis, but Mint Leaf also carries a full liquor license. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mint Leaf, 2535 East Washington Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-460-8776.
Since shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger has opened BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. The concept is modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-935-8035.
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan will depart Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
Avenue 31, a new sibling of the chic Monaco restaurant of the same name, is set to open in Summer 2015 in the former Le Clafoutis space. Expect a Mediterranean menu and a bar program from mixologist extraordinaire Matthew “Eat Your Drink” Biancaniello, which will include a selection of creative, boozy oysters. Avenue 31, 8630 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have opened a plant-based, vegan restaurant next door, Chavela Comida y Sangria, which is also the name of a famous Peruvian-style sangria. Chef Rachel Carr (Cru) offers vegan, organic Latin-inspired dishes including barbacoa portobello tacos, beet tartare with cashew ricotta, quinoa and fresh corn polenta, and a wild mushroom mole verde enchilada. To drink, find a variety of chavelas and cocktails from mixologist Joel Black; dessert includes chili chocolate ganache made with avocado. Dinner nightly. Chavela Comida y Sangria, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-871-8099.
In the former Raphael space in Studio City, Cocina Condesa is now a colorful mezcalaria with upscale Mexican street food. Chef M. Elena Vega’s menu includes tacos ranging from al pastor, asada and carnitas to fresh cactus and mushroom; antojitos like red snapper ceviche and shrimp agua chile; and mains featuring chocolate mole chicken enchiladas and corn masa crepas. Specialty Latin-inspired cocktails from mixologist Gilbert Marquez lean toward mezcal. Cocina Condesa, 11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-579-4264.
House of Macau in Hollywood features modern takes on classic Macanese cuisine. House of Macau, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-745-5038.
Chef Ted Hopson and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi, who worked together at Father’s Office, have partnered on The Bellwether, a seasonal, family-style restaurant in Studio City. The beverage program will showcase craft beer, wines from independent California vineyards and cocktails that center on market-driven house infusions, with options from each category flowing from 20 taps. Ana Henton is designing the space, which will encompass 3,200 square feet, including 70 indoor seats at crimson leather banquettes and butcher block tables, a full bar and 30 patio seats. The Bellwether, 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Broken Spanish, a project from chef Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria), is open for dinner nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-749-1460.
The Point is a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination in El Segundo. It will feature several restaurants including Superba Food + Bread, Craft Shack (a concept from Simms Restaurant Group) and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. True Food Kitchen, North Italia and ShopHouse have already opened. For more information, visit The Point's official website. The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-414-5280.
Chef Brandon Boudet and partner Warner Ebbink (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s) have opened a cool, neighborhood bar, MiniBar, adjacent to the 101 Coffee Shop in the Best Western Hotel in Hollywood. The intimate room features high bar stools and gold-dipped tables, giving the space a '70s feel (to match the tunes). The menu offers eight simply crafted cocktails ranging from a Harvey Wallbanger to a Rusty Nail perked up with an absinthe rinse and fresh rosemary. Also, find local craft beers and a tiny, boutique wine list. MiniBar, Best Western Hotel, 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-798-4939.
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine offers a selection of locally sourced, plant-based fare, accompanied by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. The 65-seat restaurant includes an open-air courtyard, fireplace and a wine room. Plant Food and Wine, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-450-1009.
In Hancock Park, the former Girasole has reopened as Vernetti. Chef Steve Vernetti dishes up Italian-American classics such as house-made pastas including rigatoni and papperdelle. Other dishes include fried polenta with yam and sage, whole-roasted branzino and passionfruit cheesecake. Vernetti, 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-798-5886.
Barrel Down in downtown Los Angeles features 40 taps of American craft beers plus cocktails. Chef Derrick de Jesus offers modern takes on "Americana food" designed to pair well with the brews. Barrel Down, 525 W. Seventh St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-232-8657.
Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar is now open in Santa Monica. Executive chef Piero Topputo features a unique dalla forma preparation, in which freshly cooked pasta is tossed in a large wheel of Parmigiano, Pecorino, Romano or Pecorino Gran Cru cheese. A custom floor-to-ceiling glass cheese case and bar were created to set the stage for diners to watch the dalla forma preparation. In addition to pastas, Forma’s menu offers flatbreads, risottos and a selection of main dishes including artichoke and fennel casserole and grilled octopus with lentils. An extensive cheese program highlights a vast selection of semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, soft-ripened, blue-veined and washed-rind cheeses. Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar, 1610 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403, 424-231-2868.
Chef Akasha Richmond (Akasha) has opened Sāmbār, a modern Cal-Indian restaurant in the former Ford’s Filling Station space in Culver City. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village strengthens their culinary program with the opening of Stir, a coffeehouse featuring Stumptown Coffee drinks along with grab-and-go food items. Sweet items include citrus marmalade scones, zucchini walnut bread and gluten-free chocolate chip muffins. Looking for something savory? Expect panini sandwiches and salads like the EVOO salmon salad with baby kale, blueberries, spiced sunflower seeds and avocado vinaigrette. Stir, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Dr., Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-575-3000.
“Stop in, and fuel up” at Gasolina Café, a Spanish-influenced restaurant with modern design flourishes from Sandra Cordero and John Hensley. The indoor-outdoor café features fast-casual service, bright red chairs, an open kitchen and visual references to vintage service stations. Cordero, who is half Spanish and half Dutch, changes her menu seasonally. For breakfast, expect house-baked pastries, several variations on pan con tomate, and breakfast stew with garbanzo beans, spinach and poached egg. For lunch, salads and sandwiches predominate, including the signature Cordero, a lamb burger with house-made cucumber relish, romesco sauce, lettuce and avocado. To drink, turn to the chic bar, which showcases James Coffee Co. and Art of Tea. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Gasolina Café, 21014 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-914-4033.
Jane Lockhart has had a dessert-fueled hit on her hands since she debuted the first Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose in 1988. Encino marks the fourth outpost, which delivers fast-casual service, breakfast and lunch daily, and an array of cakes, pies and sweets. At breakfast, challah French toast and quiche Lorraine are popular. At lunch, sandwiches star, featuring options like curried chicken on house olive bread or tuna salad on rosemary bread. For dessert, expect slabs of chocolate layer cake, cheesecake, seasonal pie and photo-friendly tarts. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Sweet Lady Jane, 16403 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-783-8188.
Tender Greens, the fast-casual, sustainable dining concept from Erik Oberholtzer, Matt Lyman and David Dressler, opens its 18th branch in Glendale with executive chef Daniel Schaffhauser. The restaurant has become known for salads and grilled proteins, and the Glendale outpost sticks with what works, though you’ll also find new dishes like duck confit salad with kale, frisée, fried egg, roasted shallots and sherry vinaigrette. Crispy falafel is available with plant-based sides like roasted Weiser Farms potato salad or roasted carrots with toasted fennel seeds. Schaffhauser, who hails from France, also plans to rotate specials like grilled ocean trout with beurre blanc. The space, which Hatch Design Group designed, features an outdoor patio, wood panels and polished concrete. Lunch & Dinner daily. Tender Greens, 145 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203, 818-459-4850.
Estrella on the Sunset Strip will feature globally influenced California cuisine from executive chef Dakota Weiss ("Top Chef"). The restaurant, which is named after the "circus girl" mentioned in the Joni Mitchell song "Ladies of the Canyon," will have a bohemian vibe. The opening is scheduled for August 2015. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Inglewood’s popular Orleans & York Deli has opened a sister spot in downtown L.A. near Pershing Square, serving up shrimp, catfish and oyster po’ boys, muffulettas, gumbo and other Big Easy favorites, alongside New York classic deli sandwiches. Lunch & Dinner daily. Orleans & York Deli, 333 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 310-671-6200.
Chef Eric Greenspan has transformed the shuttered patio of his former restaurant The Foundry into Maré, with a focus on Mediterranean seafood. The front of the restaurant remains the Melrose Umbrella Co. bar, and the entrance to the new eatery is through Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. Dinner nightly. Maré, 7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-592-3226.
Silver Lake now has a New England-style seafood shack to call its own, Knuckle & Claw, located on Sunset Boulevard. The star of the short menu is the classic lobster roll, made with solely knuckle and claw meat, served on a split roll with mayo and butter. There’s a Dungeness crab and blue crab version as well, one with Maine shrimp, and chipotle corn or bacon clam chowder served as sides. Find limited seated in the airy storefront, and a few patio seats outside. Lunch & Dinner daily. Knuckle & Claw, 3112 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, 323-407-6142.
Chef Jason Neroni and Bill Chait have launched Catch & Release in Marina del Rey, in the former Paiche space. Expect inspired seasonal seafood ranging from fresh oysters, Nantucket Bay scallops, and a baja shrimp cocktail to mussels with a mustard-cider broth, fried haddock with green goddess slaw, and Sausalito trout with pea and pistachio velouté. Catch & Release, 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-893-6100.
Ixta Cocina and Mercado partners Jesse Gomez and chef Jose Acevedo have opened their third concept, a Mexican seafood restaurant called Maradentro in Studio City. Designed by Ana Henton with nautical inspiration, two dining rooms lined in wood allude to the hull and cabin of a ship. Menu items include lobster guacamole, oysters “Rajafeller,” ceviche tostadas, and chile relleno de siete mares; also expect versions of favorites from the sister restaurants like "dos gringas" shrimp tacos and slow-cooked carnitas. To drink, find Mexican-inspired craft cocktails, a good selection of tequilas and mezcals, and a short beer and wine list. Dinner nightly. Maradentro, 11929 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-358-3423.
Short Order had a four-year run at The Original Farmers Market. Now, the two-story space makes way for Moruno, a Spanish restaurant from chef Chris Feldmeier and front of house partner David Rosoff, who worked together at Osteria Mozza and Campanile, along with the Sprout LA restaurant group. The ground floor will center on the pintxo Moruno, a Moorish-influenced kebab cooked over wood. Upstairs, guests will find Bar Vermut, devoted to Spain's spirit of choice, vermouth, plus drink-friendly conservas --- small bites built with preserved or canned ingredients. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Spacecraft Group and designer Kris Keith are designing Trejo's Tacos, a new modern Mexican cantina and restaurant from actor Danny Trejo. The 1,000-square-foot space will feature Mexican-themed murals made from custom tiles and will include outdoor seating. Trejo's Tacos, 1048 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, no phone.
Southern California’s Brouwerij West will open its craft brewery in 2015. It will be located in San Pedro inside a wood truss-roofed warehouse that was originally built by the U.S. Navy in the 1940s, now part of the CRAFTED arts complex. This will house the beer production, as well as a restaurant with seating for more than 200 people, a bottle shop, a coffee bar, a retail outlet and large private event space. Brouwerij West, Warehouse No. 9, 110 East 22nd St., San Pedro, CA 90731, no phone.
Mad Fritz Creates Bespoke Beer for The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Napa Valley's small-batch brewery Mad Fritz has created a bespoke beer, The Lion and the Mouse, exclusively for The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It will be available at The Club Bar as of August 1, 2015. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
Chef Ricardo Zarate Presents a Pop-up
Ricardo Zarate, who helped to bring Peruvian cuisine to prominence at restaurants like Mo-Chica, Paiche and Picca, returns to L.A. with a pop-up called Once at Santino's in Santa Monica. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night starting August 6, 2015, Zarate, the eleventh child in his family, will feature 11 different share-friendly plates, plus dessert. The menu will change weekly, depending on what Zarate finds at the farmers' market. Feisser Stone is contributing low ABV cocktails, since Santino's only has a beer and wine license. For more information, visit Once's web site. Once, 3021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
sbe Sells Katsuya and Cleo to the One Group
Hospitality giant sbe, owned by Sam Nazarian, is selling its two successful restaurant chains of Katsuya and Cleo to the rival One Group, which owns the STK and Bagatelle brands. Katsuya, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-207-8744.
Nobu Malibu Adds Weekend Breakfast Service
Nobu Malibu has debuted weekend breakfast service, and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. Nosh on more traditional dishes like buttermilk pancakes and French toast, or explore luxe oceanside options like crab cake egg Benedict, caviar “hot pot” and Japanese bento box with umami sea bass. Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-317-9140.
Sāmbār Opens for Lunch
Akasha Richmond’s new restaurant Sāmbār is now open for lunch. The new lunch menu will reflect lighter Indian cooking, including vegetarian options, such as the yogi thali plate with punjabi mama greens, zucchini kofta with cashew, tomato and saffron sauce; and modern takes on street food favorites such as chicken kati with yogurt roasted chicken, pomegranate-mint and peach chutney. Also, expect salads and burgers. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
Ortolan Space to Be Revived?
Restaurateur Fabrizio Bianconi, of Via Veneto in Santa Monica and L'Isola in St. Barts, is rumored to have picked up the space that formerly housed Ortolan (8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood). The hope is for a December 2015 opening for his next Italian restaurant, which will combine aspects of his Southern California and Caribbean establishments. Via Veneto, 3009 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-399-1843.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Debuts Public Rooftop Dining By Wolfgang Puck
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles celebrates summer with the opening of the rooftop patio to both hotel residents and the public for the first time in the hotel’s five-year history. WP24 Rooftop Patio is located on the 26th-floor rooftop terrace, which features panoramic views of Los Angeles. A summertime grilling series is offered every Friday and Saturday through September 5. Guests with a pre-confirmed reservation may enjoy a selection of Asian-inspired, a la carte small bites, and seasonal cocktails. The pool is closed for swimming during these evenings, as guests soak up live jazz high above the bustling city below. Reservations must be made through WP24 Restaurant. WP24 Rooftop Patio, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-8824.
Whisk(e)y Gallery at Seven Grand
The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) Whisk(e)y Gallery has opened in Seven Grand. This is the first permanent Los Angeles exhibit for the Museum of the American Cocktail, which is part of the SoFAB Institute based in New Orleans. For more information visit the the SoFAB Institute web site. Seven Grand, 515 W. 7th St., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-614-0737.
The Edison Destined for Disney World
Downtown bar The Edison will open a sister location in Orlando at Disney Springs, the re-imagined Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World. The opening for The Edison is scheduled for 2016. The Edison, Higgins Building, 108 W. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-613-0000.
Stir Market Launches New Kid’s Menu For Pint-Size Patrons
Beverly Boulevard’s European-inspired food hall, Stir Market, has launched a new kids' menu, featuring food and drink selections crafted by recently appointed executive chef Stacy Rampton and Food Network personality and chef/partner Jet Tila, for guests 12 and under. Junior gourmands can enjoy the likes of “Meyer lemon pancakes jr.” with whipped crème fraiche and candied zest (weekend brunch only); “after-school cinnamon toast” with caramelized apple butter and brioche ($5.95); and cheesy flatbread with burrata and Parmesan ($7.95). Chef Tila’s two-year-old daughter’s favorite dish is the “Stir Market yummy bowl” with roast chicken and soy Teriyaki sauce ($8.95). Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-879-8283.
New Restaurant on the Horizon at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is planning to open a new American steakhouse-type restaurant in the space currently occupied by the Lobby Lounge. Significant remodeling will be involved. Stay tuned for more details. Lobby Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Dr., Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-575-3100.
Los Balcones Celebrates 10 Years with New Peruvian Brunch Menu
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the popular Peruvian Hollywood restaurant Los Balcones has launched a new brunch menu. Highlights feature buttermilk ricotta pichuberry pancakes with spiced fruit syrup; pork belly with sweet potato and a sunny side up egg; and chicken tamales with salsa criolla. Also, expect signature ceviches, salads and a selection of Peruvian entrées during brunch hours, along with a Peruvian-inspired bottomless Bellini made with fresh tropical fruit. Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-871-9600.
Terrine’s New Lunch Menu, Now Available Exclusively on Fridays
Terrine has a new once-weekly lunch service available every Friday, with French-inspired Californian dishes from chef/partner Kris Morningstar. Replacing the former Friday brunch, the new lunch menu features the Terrine burger with truffle butter and a fois gras option, porchetta with shaved fennel, and a classic tuna Niçoise. New cocktails from head bartender Ryan Wainwright feature a gin and tonic with Bombay East and house lemongrass yuzu tonic. Terrine, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
EVELEIGH Launches Lunch with New Menu Items
EVELEIGH is open daily for lunch from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Executive chef Jared Levy has created new menu items such as crab toast sandy with butter lettuce, barrel-aged fish sauce vin and chili mayo; Jidori chicken breast with roasted eggplant, red onion, black sesame, toasted cumin yogurt and lemon; and burrata & ramps with fennel, tomato and pangrattato. To drink, find kumquat lemonade or cocktails like the "whiskey smash'" with Rittenhouse rye, fresh lemon and mint. EVELEIGH, 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 424-239-1630.
Alma Offers à la Carte Menu Tues.-Thu.
At Alma, chef Ari Taymor is now offering an à la carte menu Tuesday through Thursday only, in addition to the nine-course tasting menu, which is available all seven nights. À la carte items include starters like seaweed and tofu beignets with yuzu kosho and lime, and English muffins with uni, buratta and caviar; mains feature a stew of cod and favas with preserved citrus and carpenter’s pigeon with onions, yeast and fermented cherry. Alma, 952 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-244-1422.
Pistola Launches Happy Hour
Pistola has launched its “L’Aperitivo Italiano” from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the bar area only. Mixologist Aaron Melendez offers house cocktails including the Negroni and Old Fashioned for $8 each, and chef Vic Casanova’s refined Italian bar snacks include meatballs, fried squash blossoms, local burrata crostino and bone marrow al forno. Salute! Pistola, 8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-9800.
"BBQ with a View" at The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is bringing back its weekend bbq series featuring executive chef David Codney’s take on barbecue specialties. Dishes include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken with charred corn and cabbage cilantro slaw; chipotle and coffee rubbed tri-tip with house-made oak-aged sauce; and a banana split with cinnamon ice cream, tostones and rum-raisins. This à la carte barbecue menu is available from May 22 to September 5, 2015, on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. For reservations, please call 310-975 2855 or visit beverlyhills.peninsula.com. The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-975-2855.
Brunch Service at The Larchmont
The Larchmont celebrates its two-year milestone by opening the doors of its Craftsman-style bungalow for brunch. Executive chef Kevin Kathman’s contemporary California menu includes deviled eggs with smoked whitefish, caviar and Meyer lemon; the “Stoner” with peanut butter crunch French toast, maple bacon and roasted banana --- with an option to add foie gras --- and “King Crab” with butter-poached crab, Béarnaise, crispy potato and poached eggs. Brunch hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-464-4277.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Chef Perfecto Rocher has left smoke.oil.salt. and chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche) is consulting on the menu. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
Chef Mirko Paderno has left his position at Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. He will be chef de cuisine to Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in downtown Los Angeles. Both chefs previously worked at Valentino in Santa Monica. Oliverio, Avalon Hotel, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
Chef Chad Colby, the opening chef at chi SPACCA, has departed his post to open a restaurant with chef Curtis Stone (Maude). Zach Allen, a longtime Mario Batali disciple, replaces Colby as chi SPACCA executive chef. Allen has worked for Batali, Joe Bastianich and New York-based B&B Hospitality Group since 1999. He installed a salumi program at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York and assumes control of the similarly vaunted meat locker at chi SPACCA, which B&B owns with chef Nancy Silverton. chi SPACCA, 6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-297-1133.
Chef Evan Funke has left Bucato Restaurant in Culver City. Taking over the kitchen is executive sous chef Colin Akiyama. Bucato Restaurant, Helms Bakery, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, 310-876-0286.
Chef David Féau (ex-Patina and The Royce) has taken the reins of the kitchen at Wally's Beverly Hills. This spinoff location of the the iconic Los Angeles wine store Wally’s was originally more of a wine and gourmet store, but now the restaurant and bar part is the focus. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Cafe Rockenwagner in Brentwood has closed. Chef Hans Röckenwagner continues to operate Rockenwagner Bakery and 3 Square Cafe + Bakery. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, no phone.
Innovative Dining Group's Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar in downtown Los Angeles has shuttered. Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar, 801 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Nadine Trujillo, who served Mexican food at Alegria for 22 years, many in a Silver Lake strip mall, recently retired. However, she left the restaurant in good hands. Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre, who have already found success with Trois Mec and Petit Trois in Hollywood, promse #thenexttrois on Instagram, while posing with a decorative Alegria toucan. No word yet on the specific type of cuisine, or when the next Trois will open. Alegria, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
The Venice location of Hostaria del Piccolo has closed. The Santa Monica branch of Hostaria del Piccolo remains open. Hostaria del Piccolo, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone available.
The international Chinese restaurant group Hakkasan has closed Hakkasan in Beverly Hills. The company has decided to focus on its other Los Angeles concepts, including The NICE GUY and Henry's. Hakkasan, 245 N. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Rumor has it that The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills is going to close in September 2015 and change to a more modern dining concept. The goal is to re-open in mid-December 2015, in time for the holidays. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
In mid-July 2015, chef Phillip Frankland Lee closed Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills. However, the restaurant has since re-opened under the same name, but Lee is no longer involved. He plans to bring his Scratch Bar concept to a new location in the San Fernando Valley. Scratch Bar, 111 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-289-8010.
Continental, the short-lived replacement for Mo's in Burbank, has closed. Continental, 4301 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, no phone.
Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen in Hollywood has shuttered. Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St., Ste. 119, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
After more than six decades in business, Billy's Deli in Glendale has closed. Billy's Deli, 216 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203, no phone.
Heywood, the gourmet grilled cheese shop in Silver Lake, has shuttered. Heywood, 3337 1/2 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Trendy WeHo steakhouse STK has closed its doors on La Cienega and moved to the W Los Angeles hotel. STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The Pasadena location of restaurateur Steven Arroyo's Escuela Taqueria has closed. The branch on Beverly Boulevard remains open. Escuela Taqueria, One Colorado, 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103, no phone.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse downtown is temporarily closed. It is scheduled to re-open in September 2015 with a new look. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-680-0330.
Lattitude Thai Restaurant in Santa Monica has been replaced by RIZE Thai & Sushi Infusion. Lattitude Thai Restaurant, 2906 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
After 30 years, rising rents on Abbot Kinney forced Venice neighborhood favorite Hal’s Bar & Grill to close. The owners of the restaurant hope to relocate nearby. Hal's Bar & Grill, 1349 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Brilliantshine, the cocktail-and-small-plate spot in Santa Monica, has closed. Brilliantshine, 522 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
In Venice, the iconic Rose Café has temporarily shut down for renovations as restaurateur Bill Chait takes over ownership. Jason Neroni (formerly of Superba Snack Bar) will helm the stoves once it reopens in Summer 2015. Owner and chef do not plan to change the basic concept of the long-beloved neighborhood café, and the mural will also remain. The Rose Cafe, 220 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-0711.
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