It is located at 8284 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood. The first thing you will notice when you enter the restaurant will be the light bulbs cut into shapes of crystals dangling from chandeliers. There are many bar stools which have cushy backs. You will find it crowded mostly on weekend nights and that too from West Hollywood region; however people come from all over the city to get a sampling of the haute vegan fare. The special dish and the must have is artichoke oysters. Cocktails are on the roll, including the New York flip, which is made up of vegetable-based egg yolk. The higher priced dish in the menu is $20. Getting a table on weekends is a challenge, so it is recommended to have a reservation before.
It is located at 716 N, Highland Avenue, Hancock Park. The entrance is from a strip mall parking lot lit from behind by a gas station’s spot lights and from above by an old Raffalo’s Pizza sign. Don’t be surprised if everyone inside greets you with an active “Bonjour!” it’s their style of welcoming people. The music played down there is French hip Hop mixed with gentle indie pop. The crowd feels lucky to be there and generally, passes smile at each other quite frequently. The must have dish on the menu is potato pulp with browned butter and bonito flakes, however the chef set a different menu each night. The beer and wine is served at the restaurant and you are not allowed to bring in your own bottle. You might get a special discount on the extra dish you order.
It’s really hard to get a reservation. Bookings are taken every other Friday for following two weeks. The insider tip here is that MasterCard users are given priority every Wednesday for seating.
It is located at 2121 E.7th Pl, Arts District. Bestia is famous for its hippest crowd. The exposed beams and factory windows give it an urban chic edge; Edison bulbs cast a golden glow. It is always packed as the demand is huge. The crowd is a 50/50 mix of dinners from other LA and downtowners. Must have dishes are Ricotta dumplings, black truffles, grana padano, butterscotch coconut tart, pizza and much more. Cocktails go down easy and you can enjoy plenty of wine and beer.
Hinoki & the Bird
It is located at 10 Century Dr., Century City. Once you enter the restaurant you will get a smell of smoking Hinoki tree permeates. The Rich woods and warm colors keep the elegant lines of the space cozy. The must have dishes are still smoldering Hinoki wood, pumpkin on toast and barbecued pork neck.