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January 2011 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JANUARY 2011 Archive


OPENINGS

Michael Hide Cardenas has opened Aburiya Toranoko in Little Tokyo, next to Lazy Ox Canteen. Chef Hisaharu Kawabe's menu offers sushi and izakaya fare. Aburiya Toranoko, 243 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-621-9500.
 
The Federal Bar has opened its doors in North Hollywood. On offer are 20 craft beers on tap (plus wine and spirits) and gastropub dishes such as Wild Turkey meatballs, IPA spare ribs with melted leeks, and poached halibut over roasted root vegetables. The Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-2555.
 
Joining sister locations in Brentwood, Marina del Rey and downtown is sugarFISH in Santa Monica. Chef Kazunori Nozawa's casual, well-priced sushi restaurant offers three fixed menus as well as à la carte sushi and sashimi. The grand opening is scheduled for Valentine's Day. sugarFISH, 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-3338.
 
The interior of Mas Malo in downtown Los Angeles Mas Malo, the new sibling of Silver Lake's Malo, is now open in downtown L.A. in an historic building with ornate Art Nouveau and Art Deco details. A domed dining room, mezzanine lounge, private tequila tasting room, and downstairs cantina provide versatile options for customers. Chef Robert Luna showcases an L.A.-style Chicano cuisine upgraded with high-quality local ingredients. Malo's signature tacos with house-made tortillas are featured, including ground beef and pickle, potato and cheddar, and shrimp and bacon. Among entrées are huachinango al mojo; Ensenada bacon-wrapped shrimp and the "Boyle Heights Picnic" (roast chicken simmered in mole poblano with a Mexican potato salad). Más Malo's bar boasts more than 300 tequilas. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday; dinner is served nightly, and brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday. Mas Malo, 515 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-985-4332.
 
In Hollywood, Les Deux Estate has officially reopened after a makeover; the new menu features gastropub fare ranging from steamed mussels to pork chops and burgers, augmented by a handcrafted cocktail list. Les Deux Estate, 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-467-0200.
 

NEWS BYTES

DineLA Restaurant Week Returns
Taking place over two consecutive weeks (January 23-28, January 30-February 4), this winter's dineLA Restaurant Week offers diners the opportunity to indulge in specially priced three-course menus from a variety of LA restaurants. Meals will be available in three price categories: Deluxe Dining is $16 for lunch and $26 for dinner; Premier Dining is $22 for lunch and $34 for dinner, and Fine Dining is $28 for lunch and $44 for dinner (beverages, tax and gratuity are not included). For more information, visit www.dinela.com.
 
2-For-1 Valentine's Weekend Special at Gelato Bar
The Studio City and Los Feliz locations of Gelato Bar will offer a Valentine's Day special from February 11-14. Anyone ordering Cupido (dark chocolate gelato with toasted hazelnuts) in any size will receive a second order of the flavor free. Gelato Bar, 1936 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, 323-668-0606; Gelato Bar, 4342 ½ Tujunga Ave., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-487-1717.
 
15% Discount on Oxnard's First International Restaurant Week, January 21-31
Oxnard is kicking off its inaugural International Restaurant Week, January 21-31, with more than 15 participating restaurants; among the feature cuisines will be food from Mexico, Brazil, Italy, China, Vietnam and contemporary America. Diners may stop by the California Welcome Center or any participating restaurant to pick up an International Restaurant Week passport, which offers a 15-percent discount on food at any of the 15 venues. For more details call 805-988-0717, or for more info and participating restaurants visit http://www.visitoxnard.com/restaurantweek.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

Former chef de cuisine Anthony Zappola has left Craft Los Angeles. He has been replaced by longtime Craft sous chef John Keenan. Craft Los Angeles, 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 310-279-4180.
 
The interior of Saddle Peak Lodge Chef Adam Horton, who was previously named one of GAYOT.com's Top 5 Rising Chefs, has left his post at Saddle Peak Lodge. After traveling through Southeast Asia for a month, he plans to take the reins at a restaurant in Studio City. Saddle Peak Lodge has promoted chef de cuisine Christopher Kufek to oversee the kitchen. Saddle Peak Lodge, 419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302, 818-222-3888.
 
Pastry chef Adrian Vasquez, whose repertoire included desserts spiked with molecular gastronomy, has left Providence restaurant. His successor has not yet been named. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
 

CLOSINGS

Culver City's popular Asian-fusion spot Beacon closed on January 16. Owners Kazuto Matsusaka and Vicki Fan Matsusaka will continue to offer catering under the Beacon name. Beacon, Helms Building, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, 310-838-7500.
 
Ortolan, thefine French restaurant from chef Christophe Émé and actress Jeri Ryan, has closed. Ortolan, 8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 323-653-3300.
 

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