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.
What, exactly, is food? That’s the question chef Jordan Kahn seems likely to ask at his upcoming Culver City tasting menu restaurant Vespertine. After all, it’s a theme he seems to have been playing with a lot since opening Destroyer, his more “casual” breakfast and lunch restaurant across the street.
Now with Vespertine, Kahn is intent on crafting thoughtful dishes with an architectural bent. That might make some more conventional diners question what is or is not edible in the equally thoughtful physical restaurant, a struggle currently playing out on the restaurant’s moody Instagram page.
For example: Is this food?
It certainly looks food-adjacent, as the image appears to show a small fish spine being curled into a circle. Whether or not that is widely regarded as edible, though, is up for debate.
Is this food? Probably. In fact, almost definitely, though the low angle makes a precise determination of exactly what is in the bowl almost impossible.
What about this?
Impossible to say.
There is this image of Kahn ostensibly peeling some sort of ingredient for a finished dish, but as above it’s hard to determine exactly what is happening. So despite several photos appealing to the overall aesthetic of the upcoming restaurant, actually determining what is and is not food from Vespertine’s Instagram page remains elusive. Apparently only time will tell.
If all goes well, Vespertine should open this spring.