Chef Louis Tikaram’s Five Favorite Dishes in L.A.

The Aussie transplant behind E.P. & L.P. dishes on the city’s best dishes

E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood has more than just a stellar view from the rooftop bar, which it absolutely does. It also has one of the more unique menus in the city thanks to Sydney transplant chef Louis Tikaram and his Fijian and Thai influences. Dishes like Tikaram’s kokoda—Fiji’s answer to ceviche—with raw shrimp marinated in an intensely lemongrass scented, citrus-spiked coconut milk makes you realize that not every flavor territory has been covered in this polyglottish town. But, when he’s not busy blowing our mouth minds with his inventive takes on Asian grub, what’s he eating? These are chef Tikaram’s five favorite dishes in L.A.

1 . Pork Toro at Night + Market Song
“Northern Thailand was the place that inspired me the most as a young chef, and Kris Yenbamroong’s grilled pork neck takes my taste buds back to Chiang Rai every time I visit.”

2 . The All-Star at Salt’s Cure
Moving to L.A. from Sydney the thing I missed most was my hospitality breakfast hangouts. And the bacon, eggs, sausage, and griddle cakes from Salt’s Cure were, well, the cure.

3 . Maccheroncini Geppetto at Terroni
Everyone needs a local Italian restaurant in their lives! This awesome pasta is so rich and delicious with the meaty sausage and slightly bitter dandelion greens. Perfectly balanced.

4 . Dino’s Famous Chicken at Dino’s Chicken and Burgers
Chicken, coleslaw, fries, and tortillas are my guilty pleasure after a Clippers game. Despite my nutritionist wife’s advice, I can’t resist stopping in.

5 . Roasted Marrowbone at Bestia
“This is up there with the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. It’s the kind that will inspire a kid just out of school to become a chef.”