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The Church Key, Nespresso Boutique, Bar Nine Collective & More
This week’s most notable new restaurants
Beverly Hills: Downtown Beverly Hills now has its very own Nespresso Cafe and Boutique. The vast space off Beverly Drive sells the brand’s teeny Tim Gunn-approved espresso makers as well as pods in every color of the rainbow. A cafe, bar, and pastry case also inhabit the shop. » 320 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, nespresso-us.com.
Downtown: Taking over what used to be Sai Sai Noodle Bar across Pershing Square is Bugis Street Brasserie. Named after Singapore’s largest street shopping district, Bugis boasts a 150-seat, split level dining room, with high ceilings, themed lighting fixtures, and black and white Singapore street scenes scattered throughout. The menu’s pretty swanky too, featuring Chinatown-sourced Singaporean and Malaysian specialties like Kung Pao scallops and bee hoon (fried rice vermicelli). » 501 S. Olive St., Downtown, 213-624-1100 or millenniumhotels.com.
Brentwood: Chaya Group’s casual, diet-friendly M Café opened a third location this week on San Vicente. On the menu is the same vegan-friendly fare the mini-chain is known for, including the popular Big Macro Burger, as well as a massive juice and smoothie menu. » 11678 San Vincente Blvd., Brentwood, 323-525-0588.
West Hollywood: Boozy “odd-er” pops served on of dim sum carts–that’s what you’ll find at WeHo’s newest restaurant-bar, The Church Key. Dishes like pig ear “Cheetos” and bacon jam house rolls from chef/partner Steven Fretz are clever counterparts to bar man Devon Espinosa’s nitrogen-bathed ice pops and canned cocktails. Open now Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. » 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-249-3700.
Culver City: Coffee-loving voyeurs of Los Angeles, meet Bar Nine Collective. The sleek space is the first in L.A. to use an under-counter Modbar espresso system, so curious caffeinators can actually watch their coffee while it’s brewing. Nibble on the house-made pastries while you wait. Eventually, other retailers will pop-up inside Bar Nine. This is a “collective,” after all. » 3515 Helms Ave., Culver City, facebook.com/bar-nine-collective.
Highland Park: The eastside welcomes the newly relocated Tasty Mama’s café this week. Drop by for house-made sandwiches, salads, and drinks. Back by popular demand: their spinach cake muffins. » 5526 Monterey Rd., Highland Park, facebook.com/tastymamas.
Koreatown: Cheap, all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue can be hit or miss (mostly miss), but Dream Korean BBQ’s version might just change that. $10 gets you a choice of brisket, pork belly, pork and chicken bulgogi, while $23 tacks on a deluge of more adventurous fare including pork jaw, quail, and squid. An $18 option, of course, lands you somewhere in between. » 100 S. Western Blvd., Koreatown, dreamkoreanbbq.com.