Chef Brian Malarkey is almost ready to launch his second branch of Herringbone, an offshoot of the year and a half old San Diego-based original. Herringbone LA takes over the old Asia de Cuba inside the Mondrian on Sunset, and although Malarkey had hoped to open on New Year's Eve, the restaurant's debut has been delayed to mid-January. At the moment construction is in full swing, though from the looks of it the current projection of early 2014 may not be met. Still, the former Top Chef contestant and The Taste judge was onsite last night outlining some of his plans.
First off, the space, which spills out to the pool deck, will be much larger than Asia de Cuba, with a blurred line between inside and out. Malarkey describes the menu as slight twists on comfort food, like lobster rolls and chicken-fried uni (instead of steak) and waffles, as well as sliders and spicy diced hamachi.
Design-wise, Malarkey says to expect a variety of textures and colors, with unique furniture not found elsewhere. Heringbone will feel more like a living room than a "lounge," encouraging a social dining experience. Malarkey and his partner James Brennan reminisced about the location yesterday evening, saying both dreamt of opening a restaurant within the Mondrian. Their dream will come true in about a month.
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