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July 2009 Archive

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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JULY 2009 Archive


OPENINGS

In Hollywood, Tadashi and Kanako Murakami have reinvented their former WeHo sushi restaurant, Murakami, offering a streamlined menu of inexpensive dishes under $12. Choose from the signature Murakami bowl of sashimi on rice, veggie tofu bowl, albacore salad and various sushi. Lunch and Dinner Tues.-Sun. Murakami, 1714 N. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-467-8181.
 
Vinolio is now open in Hollywood on the clubby Cahuenga corridor, serving wine and Italian specialties. The menu features appetizers like fried gorgonzola-stuffed zucchini flowers; thin-crust pizzas with shrimp, calamari and garlic; and mains ranging from Italian pot roast to baked lamb shank. The restaurant soft-opens until mid-August, when it expects to serve pizza until 4 a.m. Vinolio, 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-856-0888.
 
Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's famous Pizzeria Mozza has a shiny new annex on Melrose called Mozza 2 Go, which offers pickup and delivery for pizzas, panini, appetizers and desserts. Expect haute pizza favorites like goat cheese with leek and bacon or mixed mushroom with fontina, taleggio and thyme; panini include porchetta (roast pork) or olive oil-braised tuna. Don't forget Mario's lasagne, Nancy's chopped salad and the famous butterscotch budino pudding for dessert. Lunch and Dinner Tues.-Sun. Mozza 2 Go, 6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-297-1130.
 
Chef Laurent Quenioux (previously of Bistro K in South Pasadena) opened Bistro LQ in the former Mimosa space on July 21. The menu includes dishes such as monkfish cheeks with cippolini onion, artichoke confit and pomegranate molasses; and baby goat with guajillo peppers and oregano-scented tripe. Bistro LQ, 8009 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-951-1088.
 
In Studio City, restaurateur AJ Gilbert has opened Henry's Hat, a pub offering gourmet takes on traditional American bar food and cocktails. Burgers made with Niman Ranch beef include the "Black and Blue," topped with balsamic onions, sautéed crimini mushrooms and Humboldt Fog. Other dishes include Fat Tire Ale-battered fish and chips and a variety of pizzas. Artisan cocktails are made with seasonal fruits and housemade syrups, and expect a large selection of local and international craft beers. Lunch & Dinner daily. Henry's Hat, 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Los Angeles, CA 90068, 323-512-2500.
 
On La Cienega's Restaurant Row, the former Lodge Steakhouse has become a new upscale Japanese restaurant called Hakobe. Rustic decor is joined by Japanese motifs and a luxe menu featuring live abalone, black cod wrapped in puff pastry, lobster and kobe beef surf n' turf, baked king crab with sweet miso and chilled pear and ginger soup with crème fraiche. There's also a full selection of sushi, rolls and sashimi. Dinner nightly. Hakobe, 14 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-652-0007.
 
Stefan Richter, a runner-up in the last season of Bravo's Top Chef, has opened his own restaurant, Stefan's at L.A. Farm, in Santa Monica, at the site of the landmark L.A. Farm restaurant. The warm, inviting space has been transformed into a high-energy, contemporary setting furnished with Italian-made furniture, white marble tables and dramatic fire pits. Richter's cuisine is eclectic, drawing on his international background, but also incorporates fresh California ingredients. Richter currently operates Stefan F. Richter's European Catering, but has cooked at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, the Villagio Inn & Spa in Napa Valley, and the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Lunch and dinner are served daily, as well as a limited late-night menu. Stefan’s at L.A. Farm, 3000 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, 310-449-4000.
 
Mr. Cecil's California Ribs, a favorite hangout in West L.A. and Sherman Oaks, is making its debut in Manhattan Beach. Owner John Burrows has taken over the former Le Crêperie Café space to create a 60-seat eatery that is, like its predecessors, a whimsical Hollywood interpretation of a Southern-style barbecue joint. The menu features Mr. Cecil's signature items, such as big beef ribs with an Asian marinade, baby back and St. Louis-style pork ribs, smoked tri-tip, and rack of lamb with tomato-mint vinaigrette, as well as its famous hush puppies and buttery pecan pie. Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs, 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-546-5400.
 
Essex Public House, a restaurant & bar specializing in rustic American food and handcrafted beers, has opened on Hollywood Boulevard. Nightlife entrepreneurs Gregory Link and Hunter H. Hensley have created a contemporary oak- and brick-clad space with some old-school accents, featuring a long bar seating 30 and an indoor/outdoor patio that opens up onto Hollywood Boulevard. Executive chef and partner Chris Ennis has created a menu that includes chicken and biscuits with sweet English peas and natural gravy; yam gnocchi with smoked duck confit and hazelnut sauce; and grilled pizzas. There are 20 beers are on tap, with an additional 30 in bottles and cans. Dinner nightly. Essex Public House, 6683 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-460-6608.
 

NEWS BYTES

Lighter Bites at STK
STK is now offering lighter bites for $10 Sundays through Fridays from 6 p.m-8 p.m. The menu includes mini lump-crab salad, tuna sashimi and shrimp cocktail, with sides of mac n' cheese and truffle fries for $5; Five bucks also gets you beers like Peroni and Blue Moon, and $10 specialty cocktails include the Hemingway Daiquiri, Moscow Mule and Pimm's Cup. STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-659-3535.
 
Tequila-themed Menu at Mexico
Mexico Restaurante y Barra is offering a Casa Noble-themed tequila prix-fixe menu for $25, Thursday through Sunday. It features dishes made with Casa Noble tequila, including watermelon and verdolaga salad with Cotija tequila vinaigrette, carmarones Casa Noble, and Mexican chocolate and tequila ice cream sundae with Cajeta. Early birds can also score a "Guavalove" Casa Noble cocktail for $5 from 5p.m.-7p.m. Mexico Restaurante y Barra, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-289-0088.
 
Happy Hour at Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café
Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café offers a happy hour Monday-Saturday from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. A glass of red wine or white wine is priced at $5, while the signature hibiscus Champagne is $8. Complement the drinks with small-plates specials ($5) such as saucisson sec, pâté de campagne, eggplant caviar and chocolate lava cake. Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-0576.
 
Patina Restaurant Group Announces First National Tomato Festival
Patina Restaurant Group celebrates summer with its First National Tomato Festival, rolling out special menus featuring a wide range of heirloom and local vine-ripened tomato varietals. Participating restaurants include Café Pinot, Kendall's Brasserie and Bar, Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, Pinot Bistro, Zucca Ristorante and Patina. Expect dishes like chilled heirloom tomato consommé with peekytoe crab; heirloom tomato risotto; and warm lobster salad with sesame-ginger, barbecued corn sorbet and tomato air.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

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CLOSINGS

The cavernous sushi restaurant at the Hollywood Arclight, Club Sushi, has closed. Club Sushi, 6374 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028, no phone.
 
In Santa Monica, the gourmet cheese and wine shop Goudas & Vines has closed. Goudas & Vines, 2000 Main St. #C, Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
 
In Beverly Hills, Katsu Michite's Katsu Sushi has closed. Katsu Sushi, 260 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
 

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