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The Bellwether Is Studio City's Newest Seasonal Gem

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Father's Office vet Ted Hopson brings elegance to the 818.

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.

Here's The Bellwether, which opens next Wednesday on the border line between Studio City and Sherman Oaks from chef Ted Hopson, formerly of Father's Office and Lukshon, and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi.

With a friendly menu of approachable dishes that range a variety of flavors, consider the shishito peppers with pickled red onions and cotija cheese or stewed chickpeas with tomato-date ragout to start. Fish dishes highlight the middle of the menu with charred octopus with tabbouleh and preserved lemon while roasted chicken and grilled skirt steak round out the bill of fare.

The interior designed by Ana Henton (Love & Salt) has a clean, almost London-style elegance to it, with plenty of vantage points into the open kitchen. The space seats about 70 inside, with another 30 on the patio. When it opens The Bellwether will serve from 5 to 10 p.m. daily.

The Bellwether
13251 Ventura Blvd Suite A
Studio City, CA 91604
Reservations accepted via OpenTable