From a Mozza alum’s new tapas spot to the Valley’s new Petit Trois, there are a lot of new restaurants to check out this month. Here are our picks for July’s buzziest new restaurants.
With Mozza alum Chris Feldmeier in the kitchen, South Bay standby Zazou has been revamped as a traditional tapas spot with beachy charm. Soft Indio dates are sautéed in olive oil and tossed with chunks of Manchego, while pan-crisped strands of fideo pasta are cooked down with local cider and fistfuls of garlic before being set of with a squiggle of sherry vinegar aioli. 1810 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach.
The long-awaited expansion of Ludo Lefebvre’s tiny Highland Avenue bistro goes full Gallic in a white-tablecloth space near the corner of Ventura and Woodman. Buttery escargot, frisée-lardon salad, and steak au poivre with frites are still headliners, but Lefebvre expands his hit list with chicken cordon bleu and tarte flambé. As at any proper Parisian brasserie, aperitifs are plentiful, and there’s souffle for a grand finish. 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks.
The latest addition to Rose Avenue’s dining scene, this tropical patio resists categorization. Kevin Lee cooks with multicultural ease, veering from curry leaf-braised lengua to gochujang pork ribs with chive mac and cheese. Dessert? A boozy chocolate torte with hazelnuts does no wrong, while the rum-heavy cocktail list and a funky set of natural wines lend dashes of intrigue. 512 Rose Ave., Venice.
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