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