What’s the Dish: Restaurant Openings

WHAT: Le Ka

WHO: Chef Remi Lauvand (Gérard Pangaud, La Grenouille, Le Cirque, and Montrachet)

WHERE: 800 West 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90017

HOURS: (Lunch) Mon-Fri 11a–3p | (Dinner) Daily 5p–11p | (Happy Hour) Mon-Fri 3p–7p | (Late Night) Mon-Sat 11p–2a & Sun 11pm-midnight

SAMPLE MENU ITEMS: Roasted Black Cod with Oxtail Ragu,Sweetbread with Wild Mushrooms, Roquette and Parmesan, Braised Rabbit Leg with Leeks Fondue, Roasted Tomatoes and Parsley Jus, Escargots with Potato Gnocchi, Uni with Braised Oxtail, Wild Boar Albondigas, Chinese Style Braised Pork Shoulder Flatbread with Shishito Peppers, Charcuterie: Chicken “Faux” Gras; Beef Tartare; Duck Rilletes; Pigs Trotter; Mini Rabbit Terrine and Apicius, Chef Lauvand’s own “home brewed” hard cider.

DETAILS: At Le Ka, Lauvand focuses on local and artisanal ingredients to create an elegant yet approachable menu of globally inspired fare. Alongside the traditional menu, Lauvaund’s specialty arises in the grand tradition of European charcuterie, offering delicacies that are an exciting addition to the urban Los Angeles restaurant scene. When he’s not in the kitchen, Lauvand enjoys brewing his infamous hard cider, named Apicius after Caesar’s Imperial Roman chef and sought after by friends and imbibers worldwide.

GIVE ME MORE: For more information, please visit http://lekarestaurant.com or call (213) 688-3000

WHAT: Muddy Leek

WHO: Whitney Flood and Julie Retzlaff (Bon Mélange Catering) & bar manager John Coltharp

WHERE: 8631 Washington Blvd. Culver City 90232

HOURS: (Lunch) Mon-Fri 11a-3p (Dinner) Wed-Sat 6p-10p (Happy Hour) Wed-Fri 4p-6p

SAMPLE MENU ITEMS: Porcini & Leek Tart, Spicy Chicken Jjigae Soup, Rabbit-Pistachio Ballontine, Paso Prime Flat Iron Steak, Juniper-Venison, Caramelized Apple-Cinnamon Tart.

DETAILS: Born from years of entertaining experience and a series of underground dinners, Muddy Leek is the pair’s first independent brick-n-mortar restaurant. As Chef and proprietor of Muddy Leek, Whitney Flood channels his love for seasonal and sustainable dining on a daily basis. Leaving behind a successful catering career in New York, Flood returned to the micro-seasonal ingredients of the West Coast, starting Bon Mélange Catering in 2006 with his wife Julie Retzlaff. Based in Los Angeles, the husband-wife duo extraordinaire combined their strengths and skills to create artisanal, market-inspired, farm-to-table fare for events ranging from weddings to underground pop-up dinners in LA’s well-established urban art scene. Muddy Leek follows the natural progression of the couple’s story. Making everything from scratch and in-house, Muddy Leek’s menu focuses on fine artisanal and locally sourced ingredients. Dishes are an eclectic array, balancing notes of international flair and home style comfort.

GIVE ME MORE: For more information, please call 310.838.2281


images and info courtesy of Bread & Butter PR

Author: Rachael

I’m Rachael Faught, a food loving, globe-trekking geek girl extraordinaire. Based in Los Angeles, I am dedicated to the life of a true bon vivant, experiencing all life has to offer and then promptly writing about it. When I’m not on the go, I’m typically at home cooking up a storm and obsessing over Attack on Titan with strangers on the internet.

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