A contemporary bistro has now opened in the Arts District, run by two experienced chefs. Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George, who worked together in Bangkok at Michelin-starred restaurant Blue by Alain Ducasse, have teamed up to open Camphor as Co-Executive Chefs. Located in the former home of Nightshade (where Boonthanakit served as the opening pastry chef), the new 65-seat restaurant offers South Asian flavors — such as z — and bistro fare like lobster with coral soup and oysters with amaretto mignonette. The cocktail program is helmed by bar manager Andrew Paniagua, formerly of Lock & Key, and includes classics with a French flair, like a martini with pear eau de vie and a vodka infused with herbs de Provence. Campher is open Wednesday through Monday from 5pm to 11pm
923 E. 3rd St., Suite #109, Los Angeles, (213) 626-8888, campher.la
A new restaurant that blends Taiwanese and Japanese flavors has opened in Hermosa Beach. Ryla, of husband and wife team Ray Hayashi (MB Post, Fishing With Dynamite) and Cynthia Hetlinger (Providence), offers a menu of umeboshi fried chicken; Karaage with Charred Spring Onion Yuzu Mayo; Fried rice with truffles and Chinese sausage; Aged Meiji Tofu with Uni; curry rice with ox tongue; and matcha tiramisu. The bar offers cocktails as well as sake and Japanese whiskey programs; the wine list is based on Californian and French labels. Ryla is open Sunday-Wednesday from 5pm-10pm and Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-10:30pm; Brunch is to follow.
1220 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach, (424) 247-9881, eatryla.com
Sushi restaurant Kazunori Nozawa’s popular hand-roll bar KazuNori has added a sixth location to its list in LA. KazuNori Koreatown, which has now opened in Chapman Plaza, features the chain’s signature hand buns and sashimi, as well as an exclusive ankimo hand bun (monkfish liver) with miso sauce and warm rice. KazuNori Koreatown is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Take out, delivery and dine in are available.
3465 W. 6th St., Suite #50, Los Angeles, (213) 338-2284, handrollbar.com
Citizen coffee in the city center
After starting their business selling coffee from the back of a truck, brothers Alan and Alex Morales opened a Highland Park Coffee Shop in 2015 that focused on thoughtful sourcing and balanced caffeinated beverages. This month they are expanding stationary operations for the first time. On March 7th, Civil Coffee will debut in the Fashion District’s former Stumptown Coffee Roasters area, offering 34 seats, a full espresso bar, grab-and-go items and all-day dining. Expect some of Highland Park’s signature drinks and food, including fresh croissants, parfaits and overnight oats. A third location will follow in Studio City this spring, the Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge.
120 E. 8th St., Suite #400, Los Angeles, civil coffee.com
Every Tuesday to Thursday there is a new lunchtime only pho shop in Koreatown. In Hospitality Group – which runs Hanchic, Kinn and Chimmelier and co-runs Jail Joa – launched a weekly Vietnamese food concept out of Hanchic starting March 1. Eighty Pho, a game with the Vietnamese country code, was created to showcase Chef Kyungbin Min who has been training and cooking at Little Sister for years. The pop-up runs indefinitely and will serve a limited selection of beef pho, chicken pho, fried spring rolls, and fresh spring rolls from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
2500 W. 8th St., Suite #103, Los Angeles, (213) 375-7095, instagram.com/eighty.pho
Featuring a revolving residency of chefs and eclectic culinary styles, the music center’s restaurant reopened for the first time since March 2020. Abernethy’s, located at the venue’s Jerry Moss Plaza, puts up and coming and celebrated chefs in the spotlight for months; previous stays have included menus and performances by Shirley Chung; Niki Nakayama, Curtis Stone and others are on the restaurant’s advisory board. The first chef to cook in this space in two years is Ryan Costanza, formerly of Freedman’s and Post & Beam. Costanza’s Abernethy residence focuses on food from Mediterranean islands, including Sicily and Sardinia, with dishes like uni carbonara with bottarga and Catalan lobster with tomato jelly. Chef Geter Atienza, formerly of Broken Spanish and Alice, will have a residency in July. Abernethy’s is open Wednesday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm, Saturday from 4.30pm to 8pm and Sunday from 3pm to 7pm.
220 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, (213) 972-8088, abernethysla.com
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-03-01/modern-bistro-camphor-from-a-pair-of-seasoned-co-chefs-is-now-open-in-the-arts-district Modern Bistro Camphor, run by two experienced co-chefs, is now open in the Arts District