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Ray's & Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd. (Spaulding Ave.) Send to Phone
323-857-6180 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Mediterranean-inspired, farm-to-table fare from the Patina Restaurant Group.
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Lunch Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri.; Dinner Thurs.-Tues.; Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Ray's & Stark Bar Restaurant Review

: Joachim Splichal and Patina Restaurant Group are behind Ray's & Stark Bar, located at LACMA next to the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. (Like the museum, the restaurant and bar are also closed Wednesdays.) Architect Renzo Piano's sleek environment is artfully exhilarating and the patio offers views of the "Urban Light" exhibit outside the museum. The Mediterranean-inspired, farm-to-table menu is overseen by executive chef Viet Pham, who replaced Kris Morningstar. Dinner starters might include hamachi, aji amarillo, watermelon radish, black sesame seeds and basil, followed by wood-grilled hanger steak with Brentwood corn, poblano peppers and honshimeji mushroom. An herb garden behind the restaurant supplies ingredients for both cocktails and dishes, as in the opal basil in the signature squid ink pasta. For dessert, you might find a study in chocolate that includes passion fruit mousse, brownie crumble, and chocolate tuile with passion fruit sauce, or date-toffee pudding from pastry chef Josh Graves. Brunch on the patio is a weekend adventure, particularly snacking on a fine Benedict burger or agnolotti del plin, truffled rice-stuffed pasta with hen of the woods, hazelnuts and arugula. Organic and sustainable wineries appear on the simple, crisp wine list organized by sommelier Paul Sanguinetti. The serious bar program features seasonal cocktails and carefully curated spirits.

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