Summer is here and the eating is great! Here are some of the most interesting new restaurants opening in Los Angeles:
Playa Provisions is more than a restaurant. It’s actually a four-in-one concept composed of four separate spots in one space: Dockside (a seafood house), King Beach (a café), Small Batch (a creamery), and Grain (a whisky bar). The owners are former Top Chef contestant Brook Williamson and her husband chef Nick Roberts. The space is decorated with a rustic beachy vibe including plenty of wood paneling. Each space within the restaurant has a slightly different look. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/PlayaProvisions/
Fans of Mastro’s Steakhouse have a new place to get their steaks in Malibu. Mastro’s Ocean Club serves a similar menu to the popular Mastro’s Steakhouse restaurant. Mastro’s Ocean Club restaurants have a deeper focus on seafood and also offer sushi. There are existing Mastro’s Ocean Club locations in Las Vegas, Newport Beach, and Scottsdale. Mastro’s Ocean Club Malibu takes over the former Chart House location on Pacific Coast Highway which is directly on the beach and offers beautiful ocean views. For more information visit: www.mastrosrestaurants.com.
Saint Martha’s, a new restaurant near the Wiltern in Koreatown, offers an astounding 50 wines by the glass. The restaurant, located in a strip mall on Western Ave., has an understated exterior but a charming interior and a unique menu. Intriguing options include a steak and oyster tartare with champagne sabayon and bone marrow beignets; sautéed spot prawn with cream of wheat, almond-red curry broth and garden herbs; and crispy chicken thigh with steelcut oats, carrots, pickled dates, and Moorish spices
Burbank is home to the first Los Angeles iteration of Asian Box, a restaurant from the Bay Area that serves bowl-based meals with a base of rice, noodles, or salad topped with meats, sauces, and add-ons such as fresh herbs and bean sprouts for around $10. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a second location is planned for Figueroa Street downtown later this summer. Visit www.asianbox.com to see menu options.
Is the hot dog the new burger? Hot dog restaurants are on the rise including one of the most popular in the area, Dog Haus, which recently opened their latest restaurant in Canoga Park. The restaurant serves gourmet hot dogs and sausages many of which have cute names such as the Scott Baioli with smoked bacon and garlic aioli or the Big Lebowski which combines a garlic herb kielbasa with cheese sauce, pickled jalapenos, and crispy onions. Burgers are also available as well as shakes and malts. Other Dog Haus restaurants are located in Pasadena, Old Pasadena, and Alhambra. To view the menu visit: www.doghaus.com.
The Tipsy Cow has taken over the former spot of La Pergola on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. The casual neighborhood restaurant is open from 3 p.m. to 1 1p.m. daily and serves craft beers as well as a menu of bar snacks that includes short-rib poutine fries and organic grass-fed burgers. The Tipsy Cow takes its name from the tempting milkshakes with alcohol that are part of the cocktail menu.