10 Hot Spots to Visit during dineLA Restaurant Week - January 19 - February 1, 2015
Lasagna on the dineLA lunch menu
1. RivaBella - West Hollywood
Executive Chef Luigi Fineo infuses rustic Italian flavors with modern techniques with his three-course $20.00 lunch that includes an appetizer of soup, vegetable salad or tuna tartare. Entrees are a chicken dish, lasagna or pizza. Dessert is a chocolate torte or gelato.
The $50.00 dinner includes a choice of four different appetizers. Entrees include a special short rib Agnolotti dish, exclusive to dineLA diners. There is also a chicken, salmon or Cavatelli plate. A filet mignon is offered for an additional $10.
Finish with sfogliatelle or gelato.
9201 West Sunset Blvd. (310) 278-2060.
Chef Ben Ford
2. Ford Filling Station
Actor Harrison Ford’s son, acclaimed Chef Ben Ford bring’s his popular Gastropub to Downtown LA in the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live.
Ford offers a rustic, simple and innovative dineLA lunch for $25 and dinner for $50 per person. The lunch will be available from January 19 to 25 and January 29 to Feb 1.
Choose a starter that includes a roasted beet salad or split pea soup. The second course choices are lemon roasted Jidori chicken, a vegetarian plate or curry shrimp with ginger rice and garlic naan. The dineLA dinner menu is available January 19 to 15 and January 29 through February 1. Start with bacon wrapped dates before the first course. Guests have a choice of three appetizers and three entrees. Dessert includes a butterscotch pot de creme with candied bacon and sea salt. 900 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles (213) 765-8630.
Elegant dishes at Patina
3.Exquisite Downtown Dining - Patina
You will pay a lot more for a three-course dinner at Patina after dineLA Restaurant Week. This is a good time to experience the Flagship of Joachim Splichal's restaurant group. The restaurant is renowned for its elegant décor and exquisite French Californian cuisine.
Appetizers include a smoked salmon terrine or duck confit tortellini. Entrees include braised beef cheeks with polenta or Atlantic cod. Finish with popcorn sorbet or coconut custard.
Patina is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5-9:30pm and Sunday 4-9pm.
141 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, (213) 972-3331
Pop Tart at Abigaile
4. Dine by the Beach - Abigaile
Anytime between Monday, January 19 – Sunday, February 1, 2015 enjoy a dineLA dinner after a day exploring Hermosa Beach. The four-course dinner is $50 per person. Executive Chef/Partner Tin Vuong prepares an eclectic menu inside the American brasserie.
Start with an exclusive to dineLA - Okonomiyaki – octopus, cabbage, sweet mayo, egg, and bonito.
Other interesting items include P.I.G. “Pop Tarts” made with smoked pork confit, bacon, gruyere, wrapped in golden pastry crust, tomato jam and the Fried Chicken (Jidori F.R.) served with kale slaw, gherkins, house made hot sauce, preserved lemon gribiche.
1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach. (310) 798-8227.
Comfort Italian Cuisine
5. Culver City Dining - Wildcraft
Wildcraft, a modern Italian tavern in Culver City is offering menu items exclusive to dineLA Restaurant Week. Dishes include a cold smoked duck breast with winter caponata, toasted hazelnuts and an apple balsamic. Also, the Pork Ossobuco served with stone ground polenta, local mushrooms and an apple mustard is a one-of-a kind menu item. Another entrée on the menu is Pappardelle with pancetta bolognese, thyme, olive oil and grand padano.
This multi-course menu is $40 per person. 9725 Culver Blvd. Culver City (310) 815-8100.
6. Baleen Restaurant - Redondo Beach
Dine overlooking the Redondo Beach marina at this two-level waterside restaurant next to the Portofino hotel.
The dineLA three-course dinner is a $40 menu rich with quality beef and regional seafood. Start with a choice of two fresh salads or a bowl of New England Clam Chowder. For your main entrée pan orated salmon; braised short-ribs or grilled pork chop. Finish with an apple crumble with sour cream gelato, warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato or a dish of ice cream or gelato. Pair this with wine for an additional $12. Guests can upgrade for $10 more to choice between an Ahi Nicoise or Filet of Beef instead of the three dineLA menu entrée items.
BALEEN is offering Dine. Snap. Win – Use hashtag #dineLA and #BALEENkitchen to tag your foodie photos to possibly win prizes from dineLA. Go to OpenTable 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach (310) 372-1202.
Heirloom Tomato Soup
7. Downtown Cafe Pinot
Park in the parking garage below the Los Angeles 1920’s landmark public library for a three-course dineLA lunch for $25 or a dineLA dinner for $40 from January 19 to February 1, 2015.
The new Executive Chef at Cafe Pinot is Joe Vasiloff. He has worked as a sous chef at the Patina group’s Ray’s & Stark Bar located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Kendall’s Brasserie in downtown Los Angeles. He also helped open the popular Wine Bar at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.
Raised in the South, his grandmother was instrumental in Vasiloff becoming a chef. He fondly remembers her cooking a Pig's head in the kitchen. Before getting into the culinary industry, he was a tattoo artist. Some of Vasiloff's impressive array of tattoos peek out from under his chef coat. Before working with Patina Group, Vaziloff worked alongside renowned chef Thomas Keller at the acclaimed Bouchon bistro. Master Chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Group noticed Vasiloff's passion in the kitchen and excitedly hired him.
Order the charred octopus with Cannellini beans or the Hangar steak with beer fondue and marble potato hash. His pan-seared Idaho trout has roasted cauliflower, brown butter and capers. Save room for one of the dineLa desserts included on the lunch and dinner menu. There are chocolate cake Rochers or cheesecake spheres.
Cafe Pinot - 700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, (213) 239-6500
LUNCH - Monday - Friday, 11:30AM–2:30PM and DINNER - Monday and Tuesday, 5–9PM, Wednesday and Thursday, 5–9:30PM, Friday and Saturday, 5–10PM, Sunday, 4:30–9PM
Lunch parking is available at the adjacent library. First 2 hours $6 with validation.
For dinner, valet parking is available. Flat rate $7.
8. Firefly in Studio City
Sit in the cozy library-themed lounge on velvet couches before enjoying the new dineLA three-course menu for $40 with a $10 optional wine pairing.
The menu focuses on sustainability and local organic ingredients while sitting outdoors in a candlelit setting. Guests have four appetizer choices that include pumpkin soup or Big Eye Tuna Tartare. Entrée dishes include Japanese fresh water eel risotto, Scottish King salmon or Prime Hanger steak. Tickle your sweet tooth with a choice of green apple sorbet, brown sugar sage ice cream and San Andres cheese or Bailey’s ice cream with sea salt and walnuts.
11720 Ventura Blvd. Studio City (818) 762-1833.
9. Fig and Olive Melrose Place - West Hollywood
Enjoy a multi-course lunch for $25 a person and a three-course French Riviera-style dinner for $50 per person.
All of the dishes are prepared with olive oil instead of butter. Some of the dineLA dishes include Lobster bisque and Rosemary Lamb is grilled on rosemary skewers, bell pepper, Greek yogurt, honey, couscous, fig, red onion, scallion, tomato, and Koroneiki olive oil.
Another dish is thinly sliced Octopus a la Gallega braised with marinated bell pepper, heirloom potatoes, black olives, basil, arugula, pimento lemon dressing, and Cobrancosa olive oil.
Paella fans will enjoy Paella del Mar with black tiger shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, mussels, saffron rice with chicken, green peas, red bell pepper, artichoke, saffron aioli, pimento, and Hojiblanca olive oil.
Desserts include chocolate pot de creme.
8490 Melrose Pl., Los Angeles (310) 360-9100.
Save Room for Dessert
10. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
The dineLA $20 lunch menu is featured at both the Fairfax & Downtown locations.
Executive Chef Ernesto Uchimura puts his creative and modern twist on American classic dishes.
His Deviled Eggs are made with kimchi-bacon and pickle. The meatloaf is made with goat meat and a harissa-ketchup glaze, served with rutabaga mash and goat creamed greens. This is an exclusive dish to dineLA. Be sure to finish with a donut sundae that includes Banana & Churro, Strawberry & Cream, or Chocolate & Nutella.
The Downtown location is 1111 Wilshire Blvd. (213) 403-1616.
The Fairfax location is 351 N. Fairfax (310) 288-6500.