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October 2017 Archive

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In DTLA chef Michael Cimarusti has flipped the Ace Hotel’s former restaurant LA Chapter into Best Girl, a new “neighborhood bistro.” Look for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, with the spotlight on dishes from familiar territory such as oysters, crudo and jumbo lump crabcakes, as well as more terrestrial fare of grilled Duroc pork chop, stuffed paccheri with bitter greens, and a Porterhouse for two. Best Girl, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 927 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-235-9660.
Farmhouse restaurant will sprout next year on the ground floor of Beverly Center, featuring a rotating, seasonal menu created with products sourced mainly from, and focused on, Kenter Canyon Farms. Offerings will also include sustainably raised meat, and look for roasted specialties from the wood-fire oven. Farmhouse, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
One of Japan’s most popular izakaya chains, Harajuku Taproom, opens its first LA location in Culver City. The restaurant offers craft beer and a menu featuring a broad selection of kushiyaki (grilled skewers), gyoza, and small appetizers. Dinner nightly. Harajuku Taproom, 4410 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 310-398-9000.
Anatra has opened in the Fashion District, offering an elegant, upscale Cal-Italian menu from chef/co-owner Peyman Rasi (The Raymond, Locanda Veneta). Look for seared foie gras with poached peaches and cardamom caramel, lobster tail with green pea and shallot, risotto with pheasant breast, and Prime filet. Anatra, 217 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-395-0637.
Eataly in Los Angeles will open on November 3, 2017 Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s successful New York City Italian market and food court, Eataly, will be opening an L.A. location at the Westfield Century City mall. The grand opening is set for November 3, 2017, at 6 p.m. Eataly, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 213-310-8000.
Kai Poké has opened in Woodland Hills. The menu features local, seasonal and sustainable poké bowls. Signature bowls include the Spicy Ponzu Tuna (spicy ponzu, hijiki, avocado), Yuzu Miso Salmon (white miso, edamame, radish) and Roasted Beets (shredded kale, pickled ginger, red onion, toasted almonds, macadamia nuts). Complement your meal with an iced tea brewed in-house. Lunch & Dinner daily. Kai Poké, El Camino Shopping Center, 23349B Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-912-6799.
Dominique Ansel will open a bakery and restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles French pastry chef Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Ansel Kitchen in New York, will open 189 by Dominique Ansel, a bakery and full-service restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles. Patrons routinely line up for his famous invention the "Cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. However, this project will also feature savory options and a full bar program. The opening date for the bakery is set for November 3, 2017, at 9 a.m. The restaurant will start serving brunch on November 4th, with dinner to follow a week later. 189 by Dominique Ansel, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Look for late night ramen (until 4 a.m.) in K-town at the new Ten Ramen. There’s a spicy tonkotsu ramen with an 18-hour pork broth, spicy seafood ramen and a spicy miso variety, too. Appetizers range from takoyaki, a Japanese street food made of battered and fried octopus, to corn cheese and sesame chicken; bowls include an unagi don, bulgogi and spicy tuna. Quench your thirst with a “detox water” of lychee and white grape, with pineapple and mint. Lunch & Dinner daily. Ten Ramen, 3324 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, 213-908-5823.
In Culver City, Rocky’s Food & Beverage is now open on Sepulveda Boulevard. The American menu’s stylish brunch items range from cathead biscuits and gravy to rib-eye steak and eggs, pistachio pancakes and a vegan scramble. For lunch and dinner find salads, burgers and sandwiches, miso glazed salmon, pulled pork and baby-back ribs. To drink there are beer and cider cocktails, sangría and a bottomless michelada. Rocky’s Food & Beverage, 4357 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 424-500-2130.
In Old Town Torrance, fans of Oaxacan cuisine can now find their favorite dishes and drinks at the colorful Madre. Look for rojo, verde, amarillo and negro moles, tamales, burritos, tortas, empanadas and tacos alongside margaritas and a huge list of curated mezcals and tequilas. There’s live music on weekends, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Madre, 1261 Cabrillo Ave., Torrance, CA 90501, 310-974-8005.
Davenport’s Restaurant has opened in Encino right off the 405. The menu offers Prime steaks, ribs and burgers as well as luxe items like a lobster Cobb salad, crab beignets and smoked trout spread on crostini. There’s also a raw bar with a selection of East and West Coast oysters and a sushi/sashimi menu. Look for a full bar and an extensive wine list. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Davenport's Restaurant, 16120 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-855-1203.
Tocaya Organica, a casual restaurant known for its modern organic Mexican cuisine, will join the new eatery lineup coming to Westfield Century City. Opening this fall, the 4,000-square-foot spot will offer indoor and outdoor patio seating and an open kitchen. Dishes will include the signature al pastor taco and seasonal menu items like the Farmers’ Market Bowl. Tocaya Organica, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, no phone.
The h.wood Group’s John Terzian and Brian Toll have opened Petite Taqueria, a modern Mexican restaurant with Japanese influence offering taqueria-style dishes. The standalone “Omakase bar” is stationed on the upper level across from an outdoor al fresco patio and private looking glass room. Chef Jeffrey Arrieta helms the main kitchen stoves, while chef John Carlos Kuramoto will be preparing chef’s choice “omakase” tastings that highlight specialty tacos and tostadas. Dinner nightly. Petite Taqueria, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-855-7223.


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Former chef Marty Shield has left the downtown Italian restaurant Testa, and Sydney Hunter III has jumped from Silver Lake's Kettle Black to helm the stoves and create new menus. Testa, 1111 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-973-5013.
Chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Connie & Ted's) has a new project: Best Girl at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Best Girl, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-623-3233.
Chef Michael Hung (Mama Lion) will oversee the kitchen at XO, an eatery/marketplace opening in the former location of Stir Market. XO, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Chef/partner Kyle Schutte has left The Flats in Beverly Hills, with chef Paul Shoemaker (Bastide, Providence, Firefly) stepping up to helm the stoves and create new menus. Mixologist Marcos Tello will work alongside Shoemaker to revamp the cocktails. The Flats, 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-909-7549.
Suthiporn “Tui” Sungkamee, the chef of one of LA’s most authentic and popular Thai Town restaurants, Jitlada, has died of lung cancer. He will be remembered for popularizing the cuisine of Southern Thailand and his signature menu of fiery favorites. He is survived by his sister Jazz Singsanong, who is also co-owner of Jitlada. Jitlada, 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, 323-667-9809.


LA has lost another location of Jerry’s Famous Deli, this time in Marina del Rey. The restaurant’s owners plan to open a new, updated concept next year. Jerry's Famous Deli, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Bouchon in Beverly Hills will close at the end of 2017 Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills will close at the end of 2017, along with Bouchon Bakery and Bar Bouchon. (Stop by the brasserie before then to try one of the best seafood towers in Los Angeles.) Bouchon also has locations in Las Vegas and Yountville, CA. Bouchon, Garden Building, 235 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-271-9910.

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