The Pea Salad That Blew Ardor Chef John Fraser’s Mind

Birdie G’s, Night + Market and Otium pass muster with the global haute cuisine connoisseur

John Fraser Ardor

Peas & Pecorino Birdie G’s
Last spring, I had a revelatory pea salad on my way to the airport. It was Coleman Farms peas with a pecorino custard. Blew my mind. $22.
2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica,

Y.L.D. Night + Market
Night + Market is my local haunt. I love to post up at the bar and have a few cocktails. Y.L.D. is my go-to—strong and to the point. The hospitality and the bar crowd are always full of nice surprises. $18.
9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood,

Roasted Carrots Otium
I worked with chef Tim [Hollingsworth] when we were young and skinny. He wood-roasts carrots with dates and almonds; the curry and coconut aguachile give a sweet-spicy finish. $14.
222 S. Hope St., downtown,

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