From international mashups in Venice to modern Chinese in Historic Filipinotown, here are three new L.A. restaurants worth checking out this month.
Vartan Abgaryan brings his penchant for culinary globe-trotting to Abbot Kinney with a menu of twists on established hits. Avocado “hummus,” spiked with a peanut-studded salsa macha, is scooped up with za’atar-dusted flatbread; fingerling potatoes replace pasta in a rich cacio e pepe. The kitchen’s freewheeling cooking is fun—if sometimes disorienting. 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. >Gillian Ferguson
The final piece of the giant Tartine Manufactory, this grain-focused destination is the work of chefs Chris Bianco and Chad Robertson. Hand-rolled pasta like rustic spaghetti with crab and garlic is an immediate highlight, but don’t skip the toast topped with cheddar Mornay sauce and shaved ham or the buckwheat cannoli with sour cherries. ROW DTLA, 757 S. Alameda St., Ste. 160, downtown. >Garrett Snyder
Chewy Shanghai-style noodles, seared in the wok and coated with dark soy, draw crowds at this quaint modern Chinese spot run by a mother-and-son team. The menu is short but balanced. Pillowy bao buns are folded around braised pork belly; fried tofu cubes are stuffed with fish paste. Finish with a nice pot of oolong. 2920 W. Temple St., Historic Filipinotown. >G.S.