Los Angeles Restaurant News
Chef John Fraser will present a vegetable-forward menu at Ardor restaurant in The West Hollywood EDITION. Expect organic ingredients sourced “hyper-locally” and prepared in a simple manner to let the essence shine. Ardor, 9040 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-953-9899.
Fresh on Sunset is the first U.S. location for the chic Canadian plant-based restaurant, as founder Ruth Tal partners with former “Top Chef Canada” judge Shereen Arazm (Terroni). The modern, completely plant-based menu features poutine with mushroom gravy, Jerusalem-style fresh hummus with sumac, a house-made chipotle grain burger, smashed avocado toast, charred greens and feta flatbread, tofu scrambles and a plethora of fancy salads, wraps and bowls. Look for a long list of smoothies, power shakes, cold pressed juices, kombucha cocktails, coffees and botanical lattes; alluring artisanal cocktails include “Smoke & Mirrors” with Yola mezcal, cachaça, fresh pineapple, lemon, coconut milk and Thai basil. Fresh on Sunset, 8768 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069, 310-432-5199.
Chefs Jessica Koslow (Sqirl) and Gabriela Cámara (Contramar) have opened their highly anticipated new collaborative restaurant Onda in the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. The sleek, contemporary Kelly Wearstler-designed space with angular white walls, mod wood furniture and natural light is open for dinner nightly, with breakfast and lunch service to follow. The chefs describe their concept as a “neighborhood restaurant in conversation between two sister cities, Los Angeles and Mexico City,” with a focus on fresh seafood and local seasonal produce. Dishes include a grilled nopales salad with Tokyo turnips, a smoked trout tostada, an “inside-out” turkey pastor quesadilla, charred octopus, grilled branzino, and passion fruit crumble with epazote and hazelnuts. Expect a sophisticated wine list and inventive craft cocktails to match. Onda, Santa Monica Proper Hotel, 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-620-9917.
Beachy vibes abound at The Cliffdiver along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The menu features a selection of ceviche, tacos, quesadillas and mains like chimichurri steak frites and grilled branzino. The Cliffdiver, 21337 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 424-235-2595.
Chef Akira Hirose (Maison Akira) has opened Azay in Little Tokyo. The casual restaurant serves French and Japanese dishes for breakfast and lunch. Look for dinner service to start soon. Azay, 226 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Chef Dave Beran (Dialogue) has opened a new restaurant, Pasjoli, on Main Street in Santa Monica. Look for a luxe “fun and playful homage to classic French cuisine” in a restaurant that Beran says he’s been dreaming about for years. Pasjoli, 2732 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 424-330-0020.
Restaurateurs Matt and Marissa Hermer will open Olivetta in the former Au Fudge space in West Hollywood. It will be helmed by chef Michael Fiorelli, previously of Love & Salt. Olivetta, 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) will team up with restaurateur Beau Laughlin (Atrium, Kettle Black, Sawyer) on Trademark in downtown Los Angeles. Expect to sample seasonal California fare in Fall 2019. Trademark, 915 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Build your own bento box at Supertoro, now open at SOCIALEATS at The Gallery. The bright, minimalist fast-casual spot lets you get creative with choices ranging from crispy rice topped with spicy tuna, yellowtail, rock shrimp and more; a variety of hand or cut rolls featuring tuna, salmon, pork belly or grilled avocado; and seaweed salad and soba noodle salad. Supertoro, SOCIALEATS at The Gallery, 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-584-7836.
Verve Roastery Del Sur has opened in the Arts District, offering haute specialty roast coffees and a breakfast and lunch menu from Chopped alum chef Mario Tolentino, alongside pastries from chef Erin McKenna (Babycakes). Expect an airy, sprawling, Nordic-inspired space with blonde wood and sunny windows. Menu items include an acai and dragon fruit bowl; avocado toast with chives, radish, shallot and cultured butter; savory sourdough french toast with sunny side-up farm egg; a porchetta and truffle cheese sandwich; and buckwheat soba noodles with turmeric cauliflower, pickled cabbage and miso tofu. Verve Roastery Del Sur, 500 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-419-5077.
In Echo Park at the Mohawk Collective development, Revelator: Bar Avalon is ramping up to be an all-day affair serving wine, specialty coffee, and a new American menu highlighting local produce, meats and products. Chef Joshua Guarneri offers shareable small plates like summer squash and burrata on rye, and tonnato, farm eggs and dill. Sommelier and beverage director Nathaniel Muñoz curates a list of wines mostly from the Americas, with every wine on the menu being offered by the glass. Eve Wines, a store that will be connected to the restaurant, will offer a selection of wines from around the world. Bar Avalon is a part of the Revelator Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and café operator based in Atlanta. Revelator: Bar Avalon, Mohawk Collective , 2112 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Toscana Celebrates 30 Years & Makes Plans for Future
Toscana is celebrating 30 years in 2019, but the Brentwood restaurant is also looking towards the future. Owners Mike and Kathie Gordon have announced that they negotiated a 20-year lease renewal, starting in November 2019. They also plan to fully remodel the kitchen with design consultation from executive chef Luca Crestanelli. For this project, Toscana will be temporarily closed for about a month as of January 2, 2020, but next door Bar Toscana will remain open. Toscana, 11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-820-2448.
Chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire) has opened Coast in the former Fonz's Restaurant space in Manhattan Beach. Coast, 1017 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-376-1536.
Pikoh in West LA has closed to change concepts. It was originally a globally inspired Peruvian restaurant from chef Ricardo Zarate (Rosaliné). Pikoh, 11940 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, no phone.
Barrel & Ashes, the haute barbecue spot in Studio City, has closed its doors. Barrel & Ashes, 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Little Tokyo's Baldoria Bar + Kitchen closed after service on September 29, 2019. Baldoria Bar + Kitchen, 243 S San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
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