From Japanese comfort food in WeHo to Peruvian touches in West L.A., here are three new L.A. restaurants worth checking out this month.
At a clubby black-and-white space on La Cienega, Joe Miller and Danielle Sobel give Japanese comfort foods a cerebral makeover. Sea urchin and scallops are set against smoked daikon. Cured egg yolk deepens grilled chicken tsukune (meatballs). Not every riff is an upgrade, but an almond-washed martini is a neat twist. 631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood. > Garrett Snyder
Ricardo Zarate is behind this all-day spot, which transforms from a casual canteen at lunch to something more formal at night. Peruvian touches abound—a niçoise salad with ají amarillo dressing; purple corn punch in the cooler—but the kitchen isn’t afraid to veer. Spanish prawns lacquered with yuzu kosho arrive over lime risotto, while gochujang glaze adds verve to roasted carrots. 11940 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A. > Garrett Snyder
Hanging pendants by artist Jorge Pardo invigorate this indoor-outdoor looker inside the Hammer Museum. Lisa Giffen confidently delivers standards like turmeric roast chicken, buoyed by of-the-moment vegetables. Salty shaved bottarga tops a paper-thin flatbread. Try the margarita spiked with cinnamon and passion fruit. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. > Gillian Ferguson
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