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LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT NEWS - MAY 2018 Archive


OPENINGS

Rendering of Tesse restaurant in West Hollywood Restaurateur Bill Chait (formerly of Sprout LA group) is behind Tesse in West Hollywood. Chef Raphael Francois helms the restaurant and offers a menu inspired by French classics. Tesse, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-360-3866.
 
On June 7, Gotta Have S’more will open its doors for grab-and-go artisanal s’mores on Fairfax in the Little Ethiopia neighborhood. Chef/owner Annalisa Mastroianni Johnson creates a marshmallow-topped cupcake-sized treat that combines the elements of a traditional s'more, with house-made graham cracker and a chocolate base; it's also available in milk and dark chocolate, salted caramel, peanut butter cup, and cookies and cream. Gotta Have S’more, 1066 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019, 323-646-4114.
 
Maui’s popular franchise Coconut’s Fish Cafe is open in DTLA on South Hill Street. Look for the signature seven-layer taco with grilled fish, coconut milk, mango salsa, coleslaw, wasabi and cheese, as well as other Hawaiian-tinged tacos, salads, grilled mahi mahi and ono fish sandwiches, and burgers, pastas and seafood chowder. Coconut’s Fish Cafe, 809 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-628-6232.
 
This summer, inventive mixologist/chef Matthew Biancaniello will launch Mon Li, a bespoke 12-seat bar-restaurant in Malibu at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club. The venue will open three nights a week, Thursday through Saturday, with a 12-course omakase “liquid tasting” menu based on Biancaniello’s signature seasonal foraged and garden creations alongside other dishes such as an uni roll with passion fruit and nasturtium, wild cactus salad, and perhaps goose barnacles. Mon Li, 26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, no phone.
 
French-inspired Barbette has emerged in West Hollywood’s former Tinto space. Owners Jared Meisler and Sean MacPherson (The Pikey, Jones) have brought on an April Bloomfield protégé, NY chef Robert Flaherty (The John Dory), to create a casual, seasonally driven bistro menu. Expect a noteworthy bar with craft cocktails, too. Barbette, 7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-850-8888.
 

NEWS BYTES

Sang Yoon Debuts New Tasting Menu at Lukshon
At Lukshon in Culver City, chef Sang Yoon will debut a new, refined six-course tasting menu on June 15 ($110 sans tax and tip). Look for top-sourced ingredients like Channel Island box crab and imported Wagyu, and rarer seasonal specialties. The tasting menu requires reservations; wine pairings are also available. Lukshon, Helms Bakery, 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-202-6808.
 
Burbank’s Castaway Reopens
Burbank’s hillside The Castaway restaurant has officially reopened after extensive renovations. Chef Perry Pollaci (The Royce) creates a seasonally inspired, steak-forward menu offering prime meat from the in-house dry-aging room, a raw bar and build-it-yourself charcuterie boards. A 10-top chef’s table allows guests to interact with Pollaci. The beverage program is directed by sommelier Paul Coker (Stonehill Tavern, Studio at Montage Laguna Beach), who also oversees a fully functional wooden wine cellar. The new design driven space has sweeping views of the valley; so does the large multi-level patio that sports fire pits, secluded nooks and teak furniture for lounging with craft cocktails. Castaway, 1250 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank, CA 91501, 818-848-6691.
 

CHEF SHUFFLE

Chef Chris Ono (Eleven Madison Park, Esters Wine Shop & Bar) is helming the stoves at Paul Hibler’s Fairfax spot Gesso. Look for his new menus to focus on contemporary California cooking. Gesso, 801 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-544-6240.
 

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