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Jordan Kahn Does ‘Fine Dining For Breakfast’ ... For Dinner?

Conde Nast talks Destroyer in Culver City, but there are questions about Vespertine

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Jordan Kahn
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

What is Jordan Kahn up to today, and how far along is his new high-end dining experience Vespertine? Let’s take a look. This is KahnWatch.

As the world waits for Jordan Kahn’s Vespertine to come online, a few national publications are starting to poke around at the myth, the man, the chef. Case in point: This list of the 23 best restaurants in Los Angeles right now, which highlights Kahn’s pre-Vespertine project Destroyer as among the tastiest and most thoughtful places to enjoy a meal.

They say:

The food, which is mostly Scandi-style with some Asian ingredients sprinkled throughout, goes way beyond egg sandwiches

The piece ends with an interesting nod to the place, and the style of cooking Kahn has been chasing for years at places like French Laundry and under Michael Mina.

He’ll serve food that doesn’t usually see the light of day and you’ll devour it with plastic forks and knives and it’ll be the best meal you’ve had in months. It’s fine dining…for breakfast. We swear you won't know what hit you.

Will Kahn’s upcoming Vespertine use plastic forks and knives too? Probably not. Will the food have the same artistic aesthetic and fine dining appeal as Destroyer? It’s a good bet, but nothing is for certain as of now. Will it eventually also serve breakfast? Expect these questions and others to be answered soon enough.

If all goes well, Vespertine should open this spring.