British-born chef Brendan Collins, known for his rarefied nose-to-tail pub grub and excellent charcuterie at Culver City’s recently shuttered Waterloo & City, hasn’t wasted any time opening his new restaurant. Waterloo & City closed last month, and tonight Collins is debuting his new Birch in Hollywood.
He’ll be serving dishes like rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachios, and carrots; monkfish tikka masala with quince chutney and lime pickles; and a whole fried snapper with lemon, fennel salad, and a saffron rouille. Meals can be paired with wines and craft beers from a beverage program created by general manager Sal Roses (formerly head bartender at M.B. Post). Cocktails will be crafted by the Spirits in Motion duo of Phil Wills (also of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue) and Tony Pereyra.
The restaurant, with a modern design including a glass garage door that will open on nice days, will serve from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, with plans to add happy hour, lunch, and weekend brunch.
Birch is Collins’ new flagship restaurant, but Waterloo & City could find a new home in the future.