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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - JUNE 2010 Archive


OPENINGS

Chef Ludovic Lefebvre of LudoBites 7 Chef Ludovic Lefebvre is bringing back his pop-up restaurant, LudoBites 7 (also called 007), to Gram & Papas downtown. It will be held from August 3-September 10, 2011. Reservations will be made available on www.OpenTable.com starting July 14 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.ludolefebvre.com/ludo-bites. LudoBites, 227 E. 9th St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
 
Tiato restaurant in Santa Monica, CA Known for Crustacean restaurant in Beverly Hills and AnQi in Orange County, the House of An family-owned restaurant group opened their newest venture, Tiato on June 28. Located in Santa Monica, the market café serves healthy American food with an Asian flair for breakfast and lunch. 2600 Colorado Ave, MTV/Lions Gate Bldg. Santa Monica, CA 90404.
 
Typhoon owner Brian Vidor has opened sister restaurant Typhoon's Pan Am Room. The aviation-inspired name is a nod not only to its location in the Santa Monica airport, but also to the Pan-American cuisine that is offered. Expect South American specialties like Chilean shepherd's pie and the Brazilian dish of beef hearts on a skewer. Typhoon's Pan Am Room, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S., Third Fl., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-390-6565.
 
In the rockin' Guitar Center area of the Sunset Strip, a new Italian wine bar, Vintage Enoteca, has opened. The post-modern space features metal tables and Edison bulbs, and a select global list offers more than a dozen wines by-the-glass. Chef Paul Dozois, an alum of Tom Colicchio and Wolfgang Puck kitchens, dishes up small plates including parmesan-stuffed Medjool dates, blue crab with mint and lemon bruschetta, spicy tuna with Calabrese chili panini and assorted flatbreads. Vintage Enoteca, 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-512-5278.
 
New at the Sunset Strip hotel The Grafton on Sunset is restaurateur Greg Morris' (The Belmont, The Spanish Kitchen, The Oaks Gourmet) snazzy spot The Olive Kitchen + Bar. This modern bistro and cocktail lounge offers Italian dishes with a California twist, such as crispy brick-roasted chicken with grappa rosemary jus, wrapped pancetta prawns, made to order baked lasagna Bolognese, and Tuscan Prime bone-in ribeye steak with truffle butter. The Grafton on Sunset, 8462 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 323-654-4600.
 

NEWS BYTES

Food Truck Roundup at the New LA Flea Market at Dodger Stadium
On Sunday, July 18th, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the venue normally associated with the famous Dodger Dog will feature a host of L.A.'s most popular food trucks offering up their mobile culinary delights to hungry shoppers. The L.A. Flea Market will celebrate its grand opening at Dodger Stadium with India Jones, Dosa, Slice Truck, Mandoline Grill, Canter's Deli, Border Grill, Komodo, Fresh Fries, Crepe'n Around, Reggae Chicken, Cool Haus ice cream sandwiches, Tropical Shave Ice and Del's Lemonade. General admission with parking is $5; early bird tickets are $10-$15, VIP tickets are $15, and kids under 12 are free. Call 866-966-9495 or visit www.thelafleamarket.com for more information and tickets.
 
Curbside Caviar at Petrossian
Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café is now offering Chef Benjamin Bailly's French-inspired California cuisine to go. Whether it's for the Hollywood Bowl or a romantic date in your own backyard, options include "caviar surprise" served in a caviar tin, with layers of caviar, king crab, crème fraîche and apple cider jelly ($32); caviar dip and sweet potato chips ($14); or a smoked salmon tartine with goat cheese, capers and caviar ($16). The Petrossian staff will package the items to go in a stylish cooler bag or pack your picnic basket for you. Provide your credit card number ahead of time, and they'll deliver your items curbside to you in your car. Petrossian Paris Boutique & Café, 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048, 310-271-0576.
 
Chaya Brasserie's Dining Deals Include New Bistro Lunch Menu and Sunday Sushi Supper
Chaya Brasserie has added a new "La Petite" weekday lunch menu featuring quick meals in the bar and lounge area for $12 and under. Dishes feature a crunchy shrimp roll, Maine lobster and shrimp ravioli, and the signature bento box. On Sundays during summer, a new weekly Sunday Sushi dinner (5 p.m.-9 p.m.) features rotating a la carte sushi rolls for $3.50, or two-for-one for $5, and large Kirin beers for $5. For $35 per person, a special omakase menu will also be available in the dining room, and includes a half-portion of edamame, one cut roll, nine pieces of sushi and a small sake. Chaya Brasserie, 8741 Alden Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-859-8833.
 
Cube's Lasagna Lab
On La Brea, Cube has created a "Lasagna Lab" on Wednesday nights for the summer. A different lasagna each week will feature seasonal products from the farmers' market (think wild arugula, fava tendrils, zucchini blossoms, duck sausage) and artisan cheeses like Red Cow Parmesan. The meal is $20 for lasagna, a side dish salad and a glass of wine. Cube, 615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1148.
 
Bar Bouchon's New Happy Hour
Bar Bouchon at Bouchon is offering a new happy hour weekdays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drinks include a cocktail du jour ($7), draft beer ($4), and house red or white wine ($5). Bar food is priced between $4-$7, including a grilled cheese sandwich, burrata canapé, truffled popcorn, deviled eggs with crispy bacon; oysters are $2 a pop. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-271-9910.
 
Family-style Southern Fried Chicken Dinner at Campanile
Mark Peel will offer his family-style Southern fried chicken dinner at Campanile on Monday, July 5, at 6 p.m. The meal also includes tomato and cucumber salad and Georgia peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream for $45 per person. Reservations are required. Campanile, 624 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-938-1447.
 
Bistro 45 Owner to Open Another Pasadena Bistro
aka A Bistro, the SoCal edition of a highly regarded St. Helena eatery, will be moving into the vacant Gordon Biersch space in Old Pasadena's One Colorado complex. In St. Helena, owner Robert Simon, the longtime proprietor of Pasadena's Bistro 45, offers an approachable American-French menu that ranges from burgers and Reuben sandwiches to main courses like a flatiron steak with fries or pan-roasted halibut with preserved lemon. N/A.
 
More Ways to Wine & Dine at Culina Modern Italian
Culina Modern Italian is offering two Italian traditions to its diners. Festa Del Vino (Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.) is a twist on the traditional happy hour, featuring complimentary antipasti and a weekly changing selection of $6 wines by the glass for guests at the bar and communal tables. Meanwhile, Tutti in Famiglia on Sunday evenings offers a three-course, family-style menu with options like basil pesto pasta and halibut with cherry tomatoes, black olives and capers. The cost is $30 per person, minimum two people in a party. Culina Modern Italian, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.
 
BLT Steak Offers Discount on Private Dining Parties
Through August 11, BLT Steak is offering 10% off the food and beverage total for private dining parties. The private room can accommodate groups of up to 30 for dinner, and 30-50 guests for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Be sure to mention the special when booking. For more information, please call 310-360-1956. BLT Steak, 8720 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-1950.
 
Community Supported Agriculture at Napa Valley Grille
Chef Joseph Gillard and Westwood's Napa Valley Grille offer city folk a great opportunity to literally invest and participate in the success of a local family farm. Through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, customers purchase a "membership" to a thriving artisanal farm, and receive a box of top-quality produce and recipe cards every week, which they pick up at the restaurant. Napa Valley Grille also offers a to-go boxed lunch program for the summer, with options like a prosciutto and Brie sandwich, arugula salad, and a dessert. For details, call 310-824-3322. Napa Valley Grille, Westwood Center, 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-824-3322.
 
M Café Offers Burger & Beer Specials through Summer
Through September 5, M Café in Culver City is offering a macrobiotic twist on the classic pairing of burgers and beers. Every Sunday after 4 p.m., diners can order a bento box or the signature Big Macro Burger along with an organic beer for $14.95. Guests can also substitute the non-alcoholic Green (infused with Kale) or Scarlet (infused with Beet) Lemonade for the beer. M Café, 9343 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-838-4300.
 
Chef Alex Reznik to Compete on "Top Chef"
Executive chef Alex Reznik of Ivan Kane's Café Wa s is competing as one of the 17 chef'testants on the seventh season of Bravo's "Top Chef," which premiered on June 16 at 9 p.m. Reznik joins the ranks of other LA-based chefs who have appeared on the show, including Stefan Richter (Stefan's at L.A. Farm) and Fabio Viviani (Firenze Osteria). Ivan Kane's Café Wa s, Sunset + Vine, 1521 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-466-5400.
 
Catch the World Cup action at At Lilly's French Cafe & Bar in Venice
Thanks to the installation of a new large TV screen, there's no reason to miss any World Cup action at Lilly's French Cafe & Bar in Venice, beginning June 11 and running through the championship game July 11 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Customers can enjoy the restaurant's bar menu, featuring salmon or pork rillettes crostini, wild mushroom and Parmesan tartines, cheese or charcuterie plates, and Lilly's burger with caramelized onions and fries. The screen will go up June 9 to catch the Lakers in action, before the start of the World Cup the following Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. Naturally, most Lilly's patrons are hoping for a repeat of 1998, when the French team prevailed. Lilly's French Cafe & Bar , Venice Blvd., 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-0004.
 
Summer Happy Days at Hollywood Heights Hotel
Starting June 5 and continuing throughout the summer, the Hollywood Heights Hotel is extending its Saturday happy hour to all day, offering a summer "Happy Days" special. Every Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., all food and drinks will be discounted by 25 percent at the hotel pool. Additionally, the hotel is kicking off a summer pool membership for Hollywood locals. Three months costs $150, or dip a la carte for $10 a day (per visit). All you need to show is that you have a Hollywood zip code. Hollywood Heights Hotel, 2005 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90068, 323-876-8600; 866-698-3157.
 
Homemade pasta from Drago Enjoy Authentic Italian Food in Los Angeles
See what some of LA's talented chefs are cooking up June 5-20 for the two-week promotion of Authentic Italian Food in Los Angeles by reading GAYOT's blog.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach has named Jesse Souza as executive chef for the hotel's restaurant BALEEN; he will also oversee in-room dining, the lobby lounge and banquet operations for 8,000 square feet of event facilities. Baleen, The Portofino Hotel, 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 310-379-8481.
 

CLOSINGS

Ado in Venice has reported that a fire damaged the premises in early June, and that the restaurant will be closed until about further notice. Ado Ristorante, 796 Main St., Venice, CA 90291, 310-399-9010.
 
The Dining Room at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa closed for renovations on July 18. It is scheduled to re-open at the end of September with a new name and new look. The Dining Room, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106, no phone.
 

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