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February 2014 Archive

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Denver import Tom's Urban has opened at L.A. Live downtown. The casual menu offers dishes ranging from Xiangxiang crispy duck wings to cheeseburger sliders to pizzas. Tom's Urban, L.A. Live, 1011 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-746-8667.
Hardeep and Lena Manak, who founded Berlin Currywurst, have announced plans to open an eatery at the historic Grand Central Market in downtown L.A., which has been enhancing its quick-service food selection. The opening of this location, which will offer some traditional German breakfast specialties, in addition to its signature spicy sausages in curried ketchup, is expected in spring 2014. Berlin Currywurst, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
An Australian-inspired pub, Vaucluse, is now open in Charlie Chaplin’s former home on Sunset Boulevard, which was also a speakeasy during Prohibition. Dishes include Australian house-made sausage rolls, seared sea scallops, Australian lamb chops, mussels in tomato basil broth, and a flat iron steak with onion marmalade. Drinks feature seasonal handmade cocktails like the "Rose Petal" martini, wine, beer and cider. Brunch offers specialty omelets and a live DJ. Best conversation-starter? The $10,000 martini, which includes a one-carat diamond. Lunch & Dinner daily. Vaucluse, 8210 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-656-6196 .
Cecconi’s former GM Marino Monferrato has partnered with Salerno native chef Massimiliano Di Lascioof to open the sprawling new 7,000-square-foot DeSano Pizza Bakery in East Hollywood. Four large 900-degree ovens imported from Italy (with volcanic rock bottoms from Mount Vesuvius) will turn out Neopolitan-style specialty pies in 60 seconds. Each is made with ingredients sourced from Campania, including fresh mozzarella di bufula flown in weekly. Expect gelato and cannoli for dessert, and eventually a beer and wine list. Lunch & Dinner daily. DeSano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, 323-913-7000.
The bar at Wolfgang Puck Wolfgang Puck’s new Nest at WP24 is a more casual, modern restaurant and lounge adjacent to his fine dining venue WP24. Located on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton in downtown LA, expect superb views and elegant craft cocktails and wines. New signature dishes are found alongside some of WP24’s most popular plates, including sushi, prawn toast, Chinese crystal dumplings with King crab and Kurobota pork, General Tso’s chicken, crispy black pepper pork belly, Sambal black sea bass and roasted Cantonese duck. Dinner nightly.
Umami Restaurant Group has opened Roadhouse LA at the Improv in Hollywood. Chef Robbie Richter (New York's Hill Country and Fatty ‘Cue) has created an upscale global barbecue menu. Roadhouse LA, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-651-2583.
Organic bakery Aeirloom will soon replace the former Luca’s in Toluca Lake. An artisan Cal-Med breakfast and lunch menu (made with organic, GMO-free produce and humanely raised meats) will accompany bakery offerings including beet and fennel muffins, apple-rose tarts, French macarons and devil’s food cake with dark chocolate ganache. Aeirloom, 10550 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA 91602, 818-754-1955.
In K-Town, The Line Los Angeles hotel’s sleek lobby bar has opened in advance of Roy Choi’s anticipated new hotel restaurant, POT. The Pot Bar stars several strikingly offbeat cocktails from mixologist Matthew Biancaniello, including an uni cocktail (sea urchin, tequila, nori, lemon and cumin) and a mushroom one (Elijah Craig 12 year, shitake, cynar and carpano antica). Dinner nightly. Pot Bar, The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010, 213-381-7411.
A swank new cocktail lounge in Studio City, Seventy7 North, (a sibling of the Culver City outpost Seventy7 Lounge), evokes a sexy speakeasy amid dark leather booths, shimmering chandeliers and vintage velvet wallpaper --- the entrance is even signaled by a red light above a darkened door. Expect craft cocktails like the Angel’s Share (Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Drambuie, plum-spice elixer, lemon and rhubarb bitters) and a wide selection of bourbons, whiskeys, rums, tequilas and beer. Dishes include sesame shrimp and truffle fries, candy-striped beet salad, an Asagio burger and specialty thin-crust pizzas. The late-night menu is available until 1 a.m. every night. Dinner nightly. Seventy7 North, 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-985-9021.
On Melrose, adjacent to Larchmont Village, the new Midtown Bar & Kitchen is a collaboration between Maximillian Mamikunian & Marko Shafer (The Hotel Cafe) and Filippo Cortivo (Osteria Mamma). Expect classic cocktails, a global wine list, and a Cal-Med menu created by Loredana "Mamma" Cecchinato, featuring black truffle and duck salami, grilled lamb chops, and a mango and gorgonzola salad. Midtown Bar & Kitchen, 5722 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4090.
Chef Hans Röckenwagner (Rockenwagner Bakery, 3 Square Cafe + Bakery) has launched Cafe Rockenwagner in Brentwood. The 1,500-square-foot space features a bar (offering beer and wine) and a large patio. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-478-6313.
The Colonial Wine Bar has closed and will be replaced by L'Assiette. Father-son team, Jacques and Marc Fiorentino are partnering with Mary Anne Reyes (The Colonial Wine Bar) on this restaurant, which will offer an all-inclusive meal of steak frites along with a choice of soup or salad. There will also be an à la carte selection of cheeses and French pastries. The opening is scheduled for February 2014. L'Assiette, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-274-2319.
Maude by chef Curtis Stone in Beverly Hills Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, Maude, has opened to the public. He composes a monthly set menu inspired by a seasonal ingredient. View a photo gallery of the restaurant. Maude, 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-3418.


Spoil Your Sweetie at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has a few ways for you to spoil your sweetie this Valentine's Day. On February 14, 2014, Culina Modern Italian will present a four-course menu ($95 per person) with options like stuffed quail with Venetian black rice, pomegranate and quail jus. Meanwhile, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is offering "Spellbound" treatments with pheromones for the month of February. "Spellbound Suites" with candlelight, rose petals, chocolate truffles and aphrodisiac elixirs can be booked for February 14-16, 2014. For more information about the spa treatments, visit, and for details on Culina's dinner, visit Culina Modern Italian, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 310-860-4000.


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