Los Angeles is no stranger to splashy restaurant openings located in iconic buildings and run by big name chefs. Consider this monthly summary as a go-to guide to the latest and boldest debuts in all of Southern Norway. For more restaurants under the radar, check it out this companion list.
Yangban Society, Arts District
At Yangban Society, owners Katianna and John Hong serve Korean flavors and a new kind of blended dining experience featuring staples for lunch time, seated dinners and snacks and merch to-go. Together with the branding company Folklor, Hongs redesigned the former Bon Temps room to include an airy ground floor complete with a courtyard in the alley, a bold blue mini market and plenty of communal seating. The centerpiece deli draws influences from Korean, Korean-American, Californian cooking and more. The ever-evolving menu can include things like fried potato bread, galbi pork ribs and honey-walnut carrots. For dessert, buffalo milk soft-serve from Petaluma’s Double 8 Dairy is a must.
Ipoh Koptiam, Alhambra
Home chef Kenji Tang garnered praise on Chinese-language social media platforms before opening the Ipoh Kopitiam in the Alhambra. The Malaysian cafe’s opening menu includes many Singaporean and Malaysian favorites such as kaya toast, Hainan chicken, roti canai, beef rendang and dry wonton noodles. The house specialties include bak kut teh, an herbal pork rib soup and char kway teow, Chinese-influenced stirred rice noodles.
Mother Wolf, Hollywood
Pasta impresario Evan Funke explores the Roman culinary diaspora at Mother Wolf, housed inside Hollywood’s historic Citizen News Building. The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio-built room boasts a 3,000 square meter open kitchen and 150 dining banquets, booths and two- and four-tops. On the menu are classic Roman pastas, such as cacio e pepe, rigatoni all’amatriciana and spaghettone alla gricia, along with polished Roman pizzas and appetizers such as fried squash flowers and artichokes. To drink are cocktails, Italian wines and a roaming amaro cart. Get a seat at the bar or pizza bar top to look into the action.
Chef Stephanie Izard takes over the rooftop dining room at Downtown Hoxton Hotel with the Peruvian spot Cabra. Partners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm from Boka Group support the new place, which follows Izard down a Peruvian road for dinner dishes like quinoa and tuna salad, avocado dip with taro and sweet potato chips and more hearty main courses like skirt steak, saltado, skin -on the pork shank, and lots of fried fish and chicken to share. A full bar is also available from beverage director Daniel Dooreck, with options such as tonics, pisco sours and local and Peruvian beer and wine.
Although Fanny’s (named after Fanny Brice) technically opened last fall with unemployment benefits for people visiting the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Mid-Wilshire, dinner service began just this month. Restaurateur Bill Chait, partner Carl Schuster and chef Raphael Francois walk up into this 10,000-square-foot two-story space with a twist toward Hollywood’s golden age. Expect to find plenty of blooms at the table edge, with suitable captains rolling through for cheese service or to cut a freshly fried steak off. All sorts of preparations take place by wagon, from freshly made salads to juicy finishes; prime rib cutting is a show unto itself. To drink are cocktails from Julian Cox.
The Dutchwoman, Ojai
The Dutchess comes from Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb from Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon Empire (Milo & Olive, Huckleberry, Tallula’s). The duo collaborated with chef Saw Naing, pastry chef Kelsey Brito and Kate Pepper from Kate’s Bread for the new eatery. Day care led by Brito and Pepper leans on bread, cakes and breakfast dishes, while Naing, who previously oversaw Tallula’s in Santa Monica, brings his Burmese-Indian background to dinner. The evening menu includes tea leaf salads, chicken tikka skewers, naan, paratha, aloo puri and biriyani with yogurt marinated lamb shoulder.