The Corner Door is about to get a major boost in the kitchen. Though great chefs like Luke Reyes and Kyle Schutte have shuffled through the ever-popular Culver City restaurant, Brendan Collins, who ran the now-closed (and soon to be Hatchet Hall) Waterloo & City next door, will now manage The Corner Door's menu. He's installed top lieutenant Ali Haji, who's worked with Collins since his days at Mesa in Orange County.
The revamped menu, which is in full below, reflects both Collins and Haji's multi-cultural approach to the gastropub genre, with $10-14 snacks like hamachi tartare, avocado toast with burrata, and french fries "carbonade," touting braised beef and garlic aioli. Beyond that, dip into the fish & chips or 8 oz dry-aged burger topped with two-year Hook's cheddar.
For something more elevated, a potato gnocchi with English peas or lobster & shrimp bolognese loaded with squid ink capellini and San Marzano tomatoes for balance. And of course, sticky toffee pudding or a buttermilk strawberry panna cotta to finish the meal. Overall, everything seems a bit tighter and more streamlined, all the better for pairing with Beau du Bois's fantastic cocktails.
Collins is slated to work at The Corner Door at least once a week (he's still helming Birch, which opened not too long ago in Hollywood), though Haji will manage daily operations in Culver City.