Maybe you’ve been busy or just living under a rock. Either way, you’ve got no excuse for missing out on these top 5 new restaurants in Los Angeles. Ok, ok . . . we’ll give you a little leeway on Scott Conant’s latest enterprise. After all, they just started serving last night.
1 Cleo Restaurant at The Redbury
Maybe it’s the citywide obsession with keeping your body bikini-ready year-round, but a serious “small plates” craze has hit this town and hit it hard. SBE’s Cleo Restaurant offers some of the best in tapas-inspired treats, with a Mediterranean and Moroccan flavored menu. Even the low-carb conscious give it up for Cleo’s flatbreads, while carnivores chomp at the bit for Cleo’s raw bar and sausage selection. Lamb tartare, anyone?
The grub at Mooi is more than fresh; it’s actually still alive. Featuring the best in organic, vegan and well, raw cuisine, Mooi dishes out tasty plates and delectable desserts that haven’t been well, cooked. At least beyond 118 degrees. But, seriously, they’re delish. Located in the heart of hipster haven Echo Park, expect to find stringy-haired-striped-shirts scarfing down Mooi’s basil pesto pizzas with sweet potato crusts, marinated jackfruit corn tamales with mole, chocolate-chili tacos, and apricot tortes with Irish moss glaze and cacao nib and Brazil nut crust.
3 Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills
Rumblings that Scott Conant was opening a Scarpetta in LA have been heard all over town and less than a New York minute ago, Scarpetta service started. With a hard launch set for November, fans of Conant’s signature creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms and spaghetti with tomato and basil can get their fill starting, well, yesterday.
4 Test Kitchen
Ever wonder how chefs develop dishes, let alone write an entire menu? Well, wonder no more. Test Kitchen, which recently opened in West Los Angeles, serves as a culinary lab of sorts for celeb chefs working it out. Every few nights, a different chef takes over the kitchen with his or her gastronical experiments. Each chef residency features a prie-fixe menu and a collaboration with a notable mixologist, who crafts cocktails and wine pairings for each course.
5 Waterloo and City
Chef Brendan Collins (Anisette, The Hall at Palihouse) and his partner GM Carolos Tomazos’ (New York’s Le Bernadin, Per Se) certainly know haute cuisine; though their collaboration is the epitome of comfort chic. Named after a London Underground line, Waterloo and City serves up dishes crafted in Collin’s signature southern California by way of France by way of the UK style. Confused? Well, let me put it like this. Black pudding does make an appearance on the menu but so do shrimp and zucchini blossom fritters with a Piri Piri hot sauce. Meat-and-potato lovers will adore picking a selection of sausages, terrines and pates off of Waterloo and City’s extensive charcuterie menu, ordered with a side of fries and Mustafa’s Harissa Mayonnaise and of course, one of Waterloo and City’s signature Pubtails.