clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Kali Promises to Redefine Upscale Cuisine on Melrose

The former pop-up turns permanent.

Take a look inside Kali, the long-awaited home base for chef Kevin Meehan and wine director Drew Langley. The duo have long run Kali Dining as a pop-up, but now have a dedicated kitchen and front of house on Melrose to call their own.

And what a house it is, with a long off-white wraparound service counter, mellow pendant bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and textured stone floor. Stained wood accents touch the interior and exterior of the space, while a few well-placed windows let in just enough natural light.

The menu itself is comprised of a la carte selections as varied as escargot toast and squab, with a nice mix of pasta and larger, meaty mains thrown in for good measure. The plan is to work the 2,000 square foot space like a casual restaurant (no tablecloths here) while Meehan churns out food that at first glance seems more suited to a stodgy, more uptight spot. Thankfully, there’s none of that here.

Kali opens for dinner service next week, with nightly hours Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The room seats 65 guests, and reservations can be made via OpenTable starting January 27.

5722 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater Los Angeles newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world