Los Angeles Culinary Update Part I

This diverse city has an impressive range of high quality restaurants. Here are some of the hotspots

Baohaus (Downtown) – In the shuttered Pok Pok Phat Thai space, Eddie Huang brought his NYC Taiwanese-Chinese concept, Baohaus, to Far East Plaza in Downtown L.A.’s Chinatown. The menu is simple with only four types of bao (pork, chicken, fish, and tofu), plus taro root fries. www.baohausnyc.com

Da Kikokiko (Beach Cities) – From Top Chef alum, Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts, it is their newest spot in the South Bay, joining their other popular neighbourhood spots (Hudson House, Playa Provisions and The Tripel). Situated in the new Runway Playa Vista mixed-use complex, “Da Kikokiko” means “the spot” in Hawaiian. This spot is a love-letter to the street food they love in the islands: poke, shaved ice and musubi. www.dakikokiko.com

Destroyer (Culver City) – Jordan Kahn, from Red Medicine, which closed in 2014, opened up a neo-coffee shop featuring vegetable-centric plates. Destroyer was created as a collective resolution to bring about social change in the community. This restaurant will use the ‘neighbourhood café’ as a platform to bring various artists and creatives together. www.destroyer.la

Here’s Looking at You (Koreatown) – This is Koreatown’s newest dinner option from co-owners Lien Ta and Chef Jonathan Whitener. The fusion-focused menu is based around “SoCal food,” and features a blend of flavors from Vietnamese, Mexican and modern American. The restaurant is 1,000 square feet and can hold roughly 50 seats. www.hereslookingatyoula.com

Laduree (Westside) – Laduree continues its American dream with the opening of its first West Coast location at The Grove. Located adjacent to The Park with an outdoor dining patio, this two-story boutique and restaurant creates a chic and whimsical Parisian paradise in the heart of Los Angeles. Laduree at The Grove offers its famed macarons and freshly made pastries as well as a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. www.laduree.com

Lost at Sea (Pasadena) – A seafood restaurant in Old Pasadena started by two locals: Tim Carey from Arcadia and Santos Uy from La Canada. The restaurant features cuisine heavily influenced by Southern California ingredients and cultures, with a keen focus on French technique. The wines are small production, and naturally produced by artisans from all over the globe. They also carry a selection of local craft beers. www.lostatseapas.com

Manuela (Downtown) – Located at the heart of the restored Globe Mills complex occupied by Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Manuela provides diners with a convivial, distinct experience where art, community, sustainability and food converge. Channeling his Texas upbringing, Chef Whitsell uses artisanal techniques of in-house smoking, fermenting, preserving and pickling with homegrown ingredients. Offering seasonal dishes, the menu features a broad range of vegetables, grains, seafood and meats, sourced from local farms and Manuela’s onsite herb garden. www.manuela-la.com

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