10 Neighborhoods, 10 Restaurants: Spoon West Does DineLA

Story by Danilo Martinez

Dine LA week is an event going on from the 20th to the 31st of January showcasing food throughout Los Angeles. With over 300 restaurants participating this year there is something to satisfy everyone from foodie to casual diner. Here is a list of 10 neighborhoods and 10 restaurants that caught our attention and are worth a look.

 

Santa Monica – Blue Plate Oysterette

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Starting things off by the beach we have this Santa Monica at Blue Plate Oysterette. Featuring a view of the beach from it outside dinning tables this restaurant is truly a destination locale. Open from 11:30 to 10 at night you can have lunch on a sunny day or watch the sun set for dinner.

The lunch menu, at $25 for 2 courses, features such items as New England Clam Chowder or 6 Oysters on the half shell for your starter and items like the Red Curry Mussels w/ Coconut Rice or Pesto Shrimp over Rice or Pasta.

The Dinner menu, at $45 for a 3 course meal, features some of the same lunch items like the Clam Chowder and Oysters, but adds foods like the Lobster Roll. Maine lobster is a brioche roll. Also adding dessert for a 3rd item.

Lunch $25 Dinner $45

Located at 1355 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90401

Open Mon to Sun 11:30-10pm

Be sure to note that they do not take reservations.

 

Beverly Grove – The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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Modern cuisine by famed chef Jose Andres is what The Bazaar has to offer. Geared toward the foodie and the adventurous eaters The Bazaar offers Spanish style tapas with a molecular gastronomy twist, open only for dinner at 6 and located at the SLS Hotel.

The dinner menu, at $45 peer person for a 5 course meal, features items like the “Philly Cheese Steak”, Air bread, Cheddar cheese top with Wagyu beef isn’t  your every day cheesesteak. Other starters included are American Sturgeon and Caviar Cone or the Tortilla de Patatas, a potato and egg foam soup with caramelized onions.

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With an extensive entree menu and choice of 3 a few of the standouts are the Embutidos Platter, a platter of 3 cured meats of Chorizo, Lomo, and Slachichon. Or the Seared Quail with roasted squash in a vanilla oil. Or the Pisto, a traditional spanish vegetable stew. Also included in the 5 course meal is your choice of 3 deserts like a Spanish flan, Pan Con Chocolate, or a selection of Ice Cream and Sorbet.

With a full bar and modern cocktails this is a restaurant that turns dining into an experience. Foams, emulations, spheres this place has something for everyone who loves food done in a new way.

Dinner $45

Located at 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Open Mon to Sun 6pm – Close

Be sure to call ahead and make reservations.

 

 

Koreatown – M Grill

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A Brazilian churrascaria in the middle of Koreatown, that’s right. This restaurant won a diners award for restaurant week in 2013 and should be a must for anyone. Come with an appetite, this place has a hot and cold salad bar, and passadores or meat waiters coming to your table to offer a nice array of traditional meats from brazil.

Open for lunch and dinner M Grill has a cold bar with varied veggies and pastas or salads. With options such as Mexican Squash and Pineapple Salad to a more hip Kale Salad. A hot bar with fried and mashed Yucca, Brazilian Black Beans and Fried Plantains only add to flavors that compliment the main show, the meat.

As for the mentioned meat a few highlights are Linguica, a smoked Brazilian sausage, Chicken Wrapped in Bacon, and Picanha, a popular cut of beef in Brazil most similar to rump. The dinner menu adds to the choices of meat with beef ribs, Ribeye, Filet Mignon and Costelao (Brazilian back rib) and just for good measure there’s dessert.

Lunch $25 Dinner $45

Located at 3832 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010

Open Monday to Friday for lunch from 11:30 to 2 PM

Dinner for Mon. to Thurs. from 5:30 to 9, Friday till 9:30, Saturday from 4:30 to 9:30 and Sunday from 4 to 8:30.

Note that chicken hearts are available on request.

 

Downtown – Patina Restaurant

The renowned Patina Restaurant from Chef Joachim Splichal brings its French Californian cuisine to DineLA week.

Located in the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles Patina has a 5 course dinner menu. Elegant and delicate Patina starts with an amuse-gueule, literally translating to mouth amuser from French, of citrus marinated kampachi. Other standouts are the Winter’s Frost, an array of brassica tendrils, roots and a buttermilk snow, or the Slow Braised Kobe Short Ribs, with winter squash and a truffle sauce. Dessert options include a Green Apple Battera with coconut ice cream or a Valrhona Chocolate Terrine.

If you’ve been looking for a chance to eat at Patina or a place to dress up for this is it.

It’s Patina Restaurant, what more is there to say.

Dinner $85

Located at 141 S. Grand Los Angeles, CA 90012

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to 9:30 pm and Sundays from 4 to 9

Note they offer after dinner service on LA Philharmonic nights.

 

Silverlake – The Black Cat

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If places like Patina Restaurant and The Bazaar aren’t for you, but you still enjoy good food, then Silverlake’s The Black Cat is something to look into. A neighborhood bar and restaurant with a foodie twist on good and simple. Everything on their Dine LA menu is recognizable and even pronounceable, but small touches remind you that this isn’t your typical bar food.

Item on their lunch menu like the Pate Toast, with pork liver pate whole grain mustard and dill pickle, invite the more adventurous eater to enjoy. But the small touches throughout can be seen and become evident in items like Burger, on the menu as simple as that comes with you choice of aged cheddar, blue cheese or gruyere. Other items to look at are, for lunch, the Burrata and Roasted Beet Sandwich. Or for dinner the Moroccan Shepards Pie with braised lamb, chickpeas, root vegetables and mash.

While your there you can enjoy your meal with and drink, a good array of wines. Classic and signature cocktails. And what bar in Silverlake would be without a mix of craft beers.

Lunch $15 Dinner $25

Located at 3909 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029

Open for lunch Mon. to Fri. from 11:30 to 4

Dinner nightly from 5 to midnight

Brunch on weekends from 10 to 4

Happy hour daily from 4 to 6

 

Glendale – Bashan

If your looking to head a bit out of the city then Glendale is for you, and Bashan with its casual fine dinning is the place to eat. Open only for dinner Bashan is owned and operated by husband and wife team Navad and Romy Bashan.

A menu showcasing California cuisine mixing Asian and Mediterranean styles all brought together by French techniques. A mouthful yes, but you can look forward to items such as Pork Belly Teriyaki, served with rice cakes and prepared with togarashi, a traditional Japanese spice. Or the Roasted Duck Breast, Served with Red quinoa, romanesco broccoli, pickled kumquat, and smoked paprika oil.

High ratings from Zagat and even voted as the most underrated restaurant in Los Angeles. If you want to get away from the noise of Los Angeles this is the place.

Dinner $45

Located at 3459 N. Verdugo Rd. Glendale, CA. 91208

Open Tues. to Thurs. 5:30 to 9

Fri. to Sat. 5:30 to 10

Sun. 5 to 9

 

Echo Park – Allumette

Echo Park, most known to people for Dodgers Stadium, this is a Los Angeles neighborhood with a rich history dating back to the golden age of hollywood and further. Actors like James Dean and Steve McQueen called it home and restaurants dating back to the 20’s.

Now Allumette may not have that history, opened in 2012, it does add to history and diversity of Echo Park. Already getting attention, making it to magazines best new restaurants list, experience chef Miles Thompson’s menu before reservations are hard to come by.

A four course meal, with highlights such as, Kurodai Sashimi topped with black truffle and reisling. Or the Octopus Confit with caramelized pomme puree and hanjuku egg.

Allumette is one not to be missed.

Dinner $45

Located at 1320 Echo Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90026

Open Tues. to Sun. 6 to 10:30 pm

Hollywood – Public Kitchen and Bar

Hollywood is what most people think of when they think Los Angeles. Good, bad and every other feeling in-between aside Hollywood just can’t be ignored. So why not take a day and be tourist, see the sights, look down at the names on the street, and when you’re done loose the crowds at Public Kitchen and Bar. Inside the historic Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. Public Kitchen feels like you stepped in a time machine in the best way possible.

Go for lunch and try their seasonally made soups and similar seasonal flatbread. Or their Ahi Tuna Sandwich with sesame slaw, pickled ginger, avocado and a spicy mayo. Or if your looking for dinner, the Chichrones with chili, lime, and a spicy aioli. And the Sunchoke Risotto, with wild mushrooms.

You also get a chef’s selection of mini desserts with either menu.

Lunch $20 Dinner $35

Located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

Open for lunch Mon. to Fri. 11:30 to 3pm

Dinner Sun. to Thurs. 5:30 to 10:30pm

Fri. to Sat. 5:30 to 12pm

 

La Brea – Luna Park

Luna Park, located just off of Wilshire on La Brea is a neighborhood restaurant where many never stop long enough to notice a neighborhood. But this is LA and a neighborhood place here still means you get locally sourced ingredients and plenty of gluten free and vegetation options. Plus a lively bar scene. Simple presentations give way to comforting foods foods here.

Serving Dine LA for both lunch and dinner some standouts are the Goat Cheese Fondue or one of their house specialties, and Hawaiian Tuna Poke with house made wonton chips. For entrees you can look to the Breaded Pork Cutlets stuffed with mushroom and gruyere cheese. Or their house burger cooked to order if your looking for something on the more familiar side.

Best for last dessert, Make Your Own S’mores, at the table with molten marshmallow,chocolate and made in house graham crackers

Lunch $15 Dinner$25

Located at 672 S. La Brea ave. Los Angeles, CA. 90036

Open  Mon 11:30am-10pm

Tue-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm

Fri 11:30am-11:30pm

Sat 11am – 11:30pm

Sun 11am-9pm

 

West Hollywood – Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood

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So the last but never least on the list goes to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Gordon Ramsey at The London. I’m sure we all have an opinion of Chef Ramsey at this point, and whether you love him or hate him or hate to love him there’s one thing that’s true, that’s some good food.

A beautiful location inside The London Hotel, Gordon Ramsey is a treat for foodie or fan alike.A menu of simple,elegant and delicious food await for lunch or dinner.

Standouts on the menu include the Steak Tartare and French Fries, which is a must have at least once for any foodie. or the Charred Spanish Octopus ‘A La Plancha’. For entrees, lunch Ramen Noodles with pork belly, egg and swiss chard and for dinner Braised Prime Beef Shortrib are both great options.

As for dessert you can never go wrong with the English Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Lunch $25 Dinner $45

Located at 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

Open Mon to Sun 5-10 pm

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