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The Bellwether's First Tango in Studio City Starts August 5

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Former Father's Office chef Ted Hopson brings more energy to the Valley.

The Bellwether, Studio City
The Bellwether, Studio City
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Studio City has it so good right now it doesn't know what to do with itself. Incoming restaurant The Bellwether, helmed by Father's Office vet Ted Hopson, is gearing toward an August 5 debut right along Ventura Blvd.

The menu has a heavy vegetable section with roasted carrots, tempura cauliflower, red wine braised rapini, and stewed chickpeas while a large fish section boasts grilled cobia, John Dory with leek fondue and crispy chicken skin, and a crispy soft-shell crab with pickled tomato and hearts of palm.

It's a bit similar to the sort of gastro-pubby fare one saw at Father's Office that didn't involve a burger. And thankfully, there's no burger on this menu, as the meat section features grilled pork loin, roasted chicken, and goat kofta, for those who want to eschew the familiar.

Beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi, who also worked at FO, has an approachable cocktail menu of refreshed classics, like a white Negroni and house signature Manhattan. Throw in top-flight beer and wine selections, and you have a recipe for an all-around great experience. For desserts, Quenelle owner John Park has assembled everything from a mixed berry tart to Grand Marnier bread pudding.

The Bellwether 
13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite A
Studio City, CA 91604