Table Stakes

Five new spots for entertaining your out-of-towners

By The Editors
December 2, 2015 9:00 am

Because every Angeleno loves to eat, even if he has to valet, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”), and recurs once every lunar cycle or so.

Beverly Hills

Stephane Bombet (Terrine, Faith and Flower) is a madman. The restaurateur opened two restaurants this month (the other’s up next). At Viviane, a new Continental French spot that inhabits the bottom floor of the newly renovated Avalon Hotel, Chef Michael Hung is grilling steaks covered in bone marrow gremolata, confiting ducks and rolling a mean ricotta ravioli. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a late night menu to boot. Guests can order all night. Don’t sleep on the kabocha squash and tofu ragu for lunch.

9400 West Olympic Blvd
(310) 407-7791

Culver City

Hanjip is Bombet’s first collaboration with Chef Chris Oh (Seoul Sausage Co and Escala), and the Korean BBQ brings delicious meats and a ton of edge to downtown Culver. They use gold grates to grill the all the steaks, including a tomahawk with foie gras butter. The bone marrow is done up with corn, shaved parmesan and bonito flakes that flutter like burnt paper. The waiters will pour you a shot of Soju down the bone marrow bone at some point. Be warned.

3829 Main Street
(323) 720-8804


If you work on the Westside, your next business lunch or business dinner should adjourn at Maru. It’s a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine sourced from nearby farmers’ markets. Also on the premise: a 17-seat sushi bar and wine cocktails by Matthew Biancaniello. Also on the menu: fresh grab-and-go sandwiches and rolls aplenty, along with a top-shelf scallop risotto. This ain’t your standard sushi bar.

12400 Wilshire Blvd.
(424) 832-7118

Rose Café

The menu at the reimagined Rose Café in Venice is intimidatingly deep. Chef Jason Neroni (Catch and Release, Superba) has taken over the kitchen and enlisted SF-based pastry chefs Jacob Fraijo and Christina Hanks (Quince/Cotogna) for back-up. The neighborhood spot, now decorated by local artists, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to the hilt. Wood-burned pizzas topped with lamb sausage. Flaky croissants. PB&J macaroons. And an entire hearth menu (LINKED): Pastas. Pastrami. Porchetta. Set tastebuds to bonkers.

220 Rose Ave
(310) 399-0711

Trois Familia

The bean burrito at Trois Familia, the new brunch and lunch spot from Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois), Jon Shock and Vinny Dotolo (Jon & Vinny’s, Animal), is a gut-bomb worth detonating. Don’t let the 3 PM closing hour and strip-mall location fool ya’: they blast tunes on a vintage record player (#Silverlake) and make a mean chicken Milanese covered in maggi ranch and sliced cucs. To swill? Try the horchata made with fresh-made almond milk served in a white enamel cup. Rinse. Repeat. Next round’ll only run you $5.

3510 W Sunset Blvd
(323) 725-7800


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