Something old, something new. Something barbecued, something to chew. While there are a million new openings in LA, sometimes it's fun to check out a new dish or service at a place you've enjoyed before. It's always nice when I have the opportunity to dine at some of my fave spots in the city, even if they've been around forever. Here are 5 places to check out this week!
1. Brunch at Commerson, La Brea
We've extolled the virtues of Commerson before, having previously visited for dinner, but now they offer brunch so obviously we had to try that too! Their menu is just as fresh, fun, and eclectic as ever, serving everything from a classic omelette (with caramelized onions...yum) to a Pork Belly Toast with a sunny side up egg and cherry tomatoes that is just so ridiculously delicious. They have both savory and sweet, like the ridiculously decadent French Toast with coconut chantilly cream. There's a little something for everyone, and it's the perfect place to pop in this weekend for a casual brunch!
2. Lunch at Crustacean, Beverly Hills
Crustacean is back! The Beverly Hills staple closed around a year ago for a huge remodel, but they're back now and better than ever. The restaurant is now multi-level, with more private dining areas, an outdoor patio, and a large, modern bar. The menu has been mostly revamped by owner Helene An with Chef Tony Nyugen, but long time fans need not worry: they kept the caviar-topped tuna cigars and garlic noodles. We also enjoyed a faux-crab cake, which was vegan and made from artichokes but honestly could have fooled me. We also enjoyed the Kampachi Sashimi and kohlrabi salad, which were both light and fresh. We finished off with the signature Garlic Noodles, which were sooo yummy. Welcome back, Crustacean!
3. Lunch at Laduree, The Grove
We all know of Ladurée as that beautiful French bakery with the macarons, right? Well did you know that their location at The Grove also serves lunch? Of course, it's a very sophisticated and beautiful affair, perfect for a day out with the girls. After starting out with a few glasses of champagne, we moved on to the French-American fare, like a Tomato and Burrata Salad, a club sandwich, mini lobster rolls, and an arugula salad. We had to finish the meal with some macarons and a Saint-Honoré, one of the restaurant's signature desserts. Everything was tasty and beautifully presented.
4. Lunch at Eight Korean BBQ, Ktown
I really can never get enough KBBQ, but sorting through the seemingly endless options to pick something is always challenging, so I was really excited to try out Eight Korean BBQ. Just like the name, they serve 8 different types of pork belly, all prepared differently, in addition to the usual banchan and bites. A few of my favorites included the Garlic, Miso Paste, and Red Pepper Paste pork preparations, which were all delicious!
5. Dinner at Bourbon Steak, The Americana
Another restaurant that has been around for years that I didn't make it to until recently is Bourbon Steak, the Michael Mina steakhouse at The Americana in Glendale. And after having a full dinner complete with countless appetizers and plenty of meat, I honestly have no idea why I waited so long! The restaurant is big, beautiful, and modern, with a great bar and a timeless atmosphere. They even have a coffee bar and table side services (like a Japanese whiskey tasting) that make this far more than your average steakhouse. Some favorite bites included the Duck Spring Rolls, which were crispy on the outside with tender duck inside, as well as the Spanish Octopus, which was prepared beautifully and paired with chorizo and eggplant. All of the steaks were incredible-- perfectly cooked, and easily splittable amongst a group of people.