Hollywood's about to get another grown up restaurant, this one from talented British chef Brendan Collins, who plans to incorporate a fine dining approach with a casual feel when it opens for dinner tonight. Granted, Birch will feature more of a clean, Scandinavian design by Ann Karlstrom, as compared to more weathered-in room. Think whitewashed birch, bright natural woods, clean marble, and unpolished metals, with a massive garage door opening as the facade (weather permitting, which is a pretty easy task here in LA).
As for the fare, Collins draws from his culinary background across Los Angeles, from monkfish tikka masala, rabbit baklava with dates and white beans, or perhaps whole fried snapper, because that's a little easier to share with a group of people. But make sure that's a slightly smaller group, because the main dining room fits just 28.
The bar area, helmed by Sal Roses (M.B. Post), fits another 15, and serves everything from a barrel-aged tequila old fashioned to a wine-infused beverage with cocchi americano and ginger. Those who just wander into the restaurant can sit at one of the sizable communal tables as well.
When it opens for lunch (which won't be for a few weeks), it'll run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Happy hour will commence nightly at 5:30 p.m., while the place will close up at 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, and until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch will run weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., which might make it the longest running brunch service in town.
1634 Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028