Charcoal Venice (Los Angeles, CA)

Charcoal Venice
425 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
Dining date: 4/1/16

Charcoal Venice

Charcoal Venice (though technically I think it may be in Marina Del Rey) opened at the end of last year, a modern meat-centric concept from chef Josiah Citrin. Citrin is most notable for fine dining Melisse which is still going strong after 15+ years. The vibe here is much more casual and approachable, anchored around its flame-grilled meats.

Charcoal Venice is more than just beef and potatoes, though it has plenty of that. Two of its most notable dishes are a baked cabbage and a half of a duck. We ordered both of these, as well as a sampling of other items throughout the menu.

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Scarpetta (Beverly Hills, CA) [5]

Scarpetta
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dining date: 4/2/16

Scarpetta

Having dined here just a month ago, I made a quick return to Scarpetta to eat here one last time – on its last day in LA. I dined at the chef’s counter during the restaurant’s opening night in 2010; on this night, it was only fitting to dine here one last time.

Similar to past visits, we had a tasting menu built to enjoy some old favorites, as well as some new ones.

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Scarpetta (Beverly Hills, CA) [4]

Scarpetta
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dining date: 2/26/16

Scarpetta

A few months ago, Scarpetta announced it would close in the spring to make way for another restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills. Geoffrey Zakarian will be remodeling and creating his own modern American restaurant in the space. From the first day, I’ve enjoyed Scarpetta and wanted to return at least one last time.

Similar to the last few visits, I requested seats at the chef’s counter in the kitchen. Chef Freddy Vargas put together a tasting menu for us featuring a couple of old favorites and some new dishes.

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Little Sister (Los Angeles, CA)

Little Sister
523 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Dining date: 12/6/15, 12/31/15 and 2/20/16

Little Sister

Little Sister first opened in Manhattan Beach in 2013, becoming a popular neighborhood spot for southeast Asian flavors in the South Bay. I’d heard good things, but never made the trip out to visit. However, Little Sister came closer to me by opening this downtown location just a few months ago. It’s right off the popular corner of 7th & Grand, next door to Q Sushi. I’ve visited three times since its opening and this post recaps all of those visits.

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Simbal (Los Angeles, CA)

Simbal
319 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dining date: 2/13/16

Simbal

Little Tokyo’s Simbal opened in April and it’s been on my radar ever since. Reviews have been a little mixed so far, but it was time to give the restaurant a try. The food is described as a modern, refined take on southeast Asian with a variety of small plates all meant to be shared.

The restaurant is a lot larger than I expected, centered around an open kitchen surrounded by front-row seats at the counter. We lucked out and got a couple of seats in the middle of the action.

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Kinjiro (Los Angeles, CA)

Kinjiro
424 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Dining date: 11/23/14 and 1/30/16

Kinjiro

Kinjiro opened at the end of 2014, replacing the meat-centric b.o.s. concept. I was sad to see b.o.s. go, though Kinjiro has been a strong follow-up effort with a little more comforting and familiar fare. Situated right next door to the ever-popular Sushi Gen, the restaurant has garnered a following of its own for its take on a Japanese izakaya. There is no sushi here, though the menu is pretty varied from raw dishes to steamed, fried, grilled, noodles and more. A large selection of sake is on hand to consume with the food, as well as a small but well-curated beer and wine list.

I’ve dined at Kinjiro a number of times since opening, but this post captures just a couple of those meals.

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