Get excited, Los Feliz: Kismet is coming. The bright and welcoming new Hollywood Boulevard option joins forces with nearby tenants like HomeState, Go Get Em Tiger, and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams to create a murderer’s row of great concepts for the hip Eastside-ish enclave — and it’s slated to officially arrive this weekend.
The product of some serious collaboration between Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (they of Madcapra fame, and formerly New York City’s Glasserie) along with the Jon & Vinny team, Kismet seems to be hitting all the right notes at precisely the right time. There’s the vegetable-heavy Middle Eastern menu with more than a little Israeli influence, and a clean, blonde space wrapped in loads of wood.
As you can see below, the place remains as long and narrow as the previous Mother Dough days, but has been helped along with two runs of reworkable seating along both walls. Mostly meant for two-tops, each bolted table has extendable leaves that connect to the others around them (just like at Jon & Vinny’s) to make larger tables for big groups to share. Towards the back is a small run of bar stools looking further into the semi-open kitchen space, with restrooms and prep areas beyond.
When it comes to the food, expect an all-day menu of rotating seasonal options and mainstays, from flaky bread known as malawah to salads and shared sides and mains like lamb and a whole cooked rabbit to be shared. Chef Meadow Ramsey steps in from Sqirl to run the day to day pastry program as well.
To that end, you should expect Kismet to go big early and often. They’ll be opening for three square meals a day basically right out of the gate, with coffee and scones and full plates of food in the AM, then transitioning slowly into medium and larger plates as the day goes on. Expect seven day a week service too, with an official opening coming this weekend. Get excited.
4648 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA