Roy Choi let out late last year that he was planning to re-jigger the menu and concept at A-Frame, his restaurant in Culver City that's managed to stick around despite some changes on the block. Whereas the previous menu had more of a global picnic thing going on, it's now committed to serving boda fide Hawaiian cuisine, according to LA Mag.
Here are eight things to take away from the changes, which will involve everything from interior decor to daily fare:
1) The model here is Side Street Inn and Hawaiian chain Zippy's, like a main stream island diner mixing influences of Filipino, Japanese, Polynesian, and post-war American fare.
2) Macaroni salad will be the primary side, while Spam musubi will play a major part on the new menu. Who does better service to Spam in Los Angeles than Roy Choi?
3) Huli Huli Chicken, a grilled island specialty doused with scallions, ginger, and more, is another significant addition to the new bill of fare.
4) As for decor, think Trader Vic's, but without the kitsch. Remember that Roy Choi was once the executive chef of Trader Vic's and the Beverly Hilton as a whole before he rose to Kogi fame.
5) This is a major change since, according to Choi, A-Frame has the most regulars of any of his restaurants.
A-Frame has the most regulars of any of his restaurants.
6) It took a few months, plus some R&D with chef Johnny Yoo, to convince co-owner David Reiss to bring on these new changes.
7) Cocktails also get a shake-up, though no word yet if it'll more inclined to tiki drinks (which are all the rage) or more in line with what A-Frame has done in the past.
8) Choi is firing up a mean loco-moco, with a curry gravy and gently poached egg topped on a grilled burger patty. Has there ever been a more compelling loco-moco since the version the Animal guys did with foie gras?