Each Friday, the Digest surveys the burgeoning L.A. restaurant scene and compile this (highly unscientific) list of the most hyped and heralded restaurants in town this instant. Whether old or new, big or small, near or far, these are the restaurants that have people talking. Whatever that means. Anyway, we recommend getting a seat at these places while you still can.
Roy Choi’s rooftop greenhouse restaurant is open for business at Koreatown’s The Line Hotel. Serving vegetable-focused dishes and cocktails, Choi has dubbed the the poolside, garden-themed eatery as “a country club for the public.” The space should be a fine compliment to POT, Lobby Bar, and CaFe a.k.a. The Line’s other eclectic food and beverage outlets.
2. Petit Trois
Ludo Leferve’s new French bar-bistro is finally open next door to Trois Mec, offering just 24 bar stools and no reservations. But the rich, traditional fare, like steak frites and chicken leg confit, is likely to be worth the wait. Sip wines and cocktails at the long marble-top bar and pretend you’re chilling in Paris.
Sotto chef Zach Pollack is putting his own spin on Northern Italian cuisine at his long-awaited Silver Lake restaurant. If thick-cut mortadella sandwiches, mackerel conserva and biodynamic Nebbiolo are your jam, then this is your kind of place.
4. Guisados DTLA
The third, and arguably most anticapted, branch of beloved taco-slinger Guisados is serving its famous tacos de guisados inside the Spring Street Arcade. They’ll be offering their new breakfast tacos every morning, and as a bonus there’s the new Gellateria Uli right next door.
Downtown’s new sushi handroll concept from the founders of Sugarfish is generating a lot of excitement. With only 22 counter seats, no reservations and a short selection of seaweed-wrapped hand rolls, Kazu-Nori will emphasize sushi efficiency.
6. Saint Martha
Koreatown’s new wave of exciting restaurants continues with this subtle strip mall-enclosed wine bar on Western. On the ambitious menu from chef Nick Erven look for small plates like spot prawn tartare, sea urchin tataki with avocado and seaweed Doritos, and pecan-smoked brisket with hoisin.
The main restaurant of Brooke Williamson and Nick Robert’s long awaited multi-concept Playa Del Rey food complex is now open, and things look good so far. Dine on clams casino, lobster rolls, and fried sand bands within footsteps of the beach. Pop in for a whiskey cocktail at the semi-hidden Grain bar.
8. Szechuan Impressions
The red-hot Sichuan dining scene in the SGV rages on with this Alhambra Chinese restaurant serving regional specialities like spicy “bo bo” chicken pot, “cross-legged” beef stew and sweet pumpkin cakes. Be prepared to wait for a table, that is, until Chengdu Taste‘s second location opens in the coming weeks.
9. Field Trip
Chefs Ming Phan (Gaji) and Sarah Lange (Hart and the Hunter) are helming the kitchen at this homespun Hollywood restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A peek at the menu suggests light, seasonal fare with an Asian influence, along with a great selection of in-house pastries.
10. Tatsu Ramen
This Sawtelle ramen shop has debuted a much grander second location on Melrose and La Brea, complete with a flashy origami-inspired interior, house-made noodles, and an iPad ordering system. A big win for ramen loving neighborhood residents.