Hinoki & the Bird's had plenty of critical success in the few years that it's been open in Century City, but with a major shift in management, it's time for them to reload. Founded by David Myers (who left back in June 2014), and chef Kuniko Yagi, who stuck around for a bit longer before departing, Hinoki & the Bird has kept the ship afloat in a part of town that's nearly devoid of quality eating (thank goodness Craft is still kicking).
In their stead enters new executive chef Brandon Kida, who comes from Clement at the Peninsula in New York City. The globally-inspired fare will keep the same tone, with a heavy slant toward seasonal California ingredients. Kei-Ichi Kurobe comes alongside as Executive Sous Chef to undergird a staff that seen plenty of change over the years.
Finally, to help celebrate the new hires, Kida and Kurobe are throwing Tanabata Star Festival dinners starting in July. For $85, get five courses that change based on the chefs' market discoveries. The menu is limited to 10 people per evening, and requires a reservation by calling the restaurant. The Tanabata Star Festival, which are traditionally held in Japan throughout July and August, celebrates the meeting of two stars, Altair and Vega, who "meet" on the seventh day of the seventh month (at least according to legend).