Chef Bruce Kalman’s Must-Have L.A. Dishes

These are the chef’s must-have L.A. dishes

Bruce Kalman, executive chef at Pasadena’s Union, is a busy man. For his rustic Northern Italian menu, Kalman rolls out pasta from scratch, ties garlic-rubbed bundles of porchetta, and pickles jars of local produce that can be found alongside his house-made charcuterie platter. But where does he like to eat in his free time? We asked the New Jesery native for five of his favorite dishes around town.

1. Beignets with whipped Nutella at Five0Four
“Three words: addictive, addictive, addictive. They’re served superhot and light, doused in powdered sugar.”

2. Berkshire Pork bánh mì at Phorage
“Perry Cheung serves simple, delicious food that is well balanced.”

3. Fried artichokes at Bucato
“These are crispy, flavorful, and have the perfect amount of lemon and parsley.” 

4. Grilled octopus with cranberry beans at Fishing with Dynamite
“The varying textures and bold flavors showcase David LeFevre’s ability with ingredients.”

5. Kalbi Poutine at Seoul Sausage Company
“These guys get everything right. This version of the Canadian classic is so delicious, it makes you want to order another one.”