From Basque cuisine in Pasadena to a Brazilian-Italian mashup in Los Feliz, here are some new spots to check out this month.
This long-anticipated Basque restaurant has at last opened its doors, bringing croquettes, jamon iberico, and an array of seafood delights—Santa Barbara crab claws, poached shrimp with smoked-salmon aioli—to a beautiful courtyard outside the Pasadena Playhouse. Dom Crisp, the onetime executive chef at Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar is in the kitchen. 37 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. sasobistro.com.
Chef Michael Mina and entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse launch this new concept in Belmont Shore. The 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space is much more food-focused than Bolthouse’s Bungalow lounges in Santa Monica and Huntington Beach. Here, there’s an extensive menu of crowd-pleasers like a carbonara pizza and tuna-and-tomato poke. 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach. bungalowkitchen.com.
Restaurateur John Borghetti has flipped his Farfalla Vinoteca into this Brazil-meets-Italy spot. From Brazil, there’s cheese bread, empanadas, and grilled steak with plantains, rice, and beans. Italy makes its presence known with tagliatelle, lasagna, and various vegetable preparations featuring anchovies and balsamic vinegar. 1966 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz. nossala.com.
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