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Sapor, Koreatown
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K-Town's Newest Restaurant Marries Korean and Spanish Tapas

A San Francisco chef brings small plates to some prime space along Wilshire

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.

Step inside Koreatown’s latest surprise offering: Sapor, a Spanish-influenced tapas spot in a bright, sunny corner of an office park off Wilshire Boulevard. Given the density of the neighborhood it’s surprising to find this much square footage on a big, visible corner plot, but Sapor uses it all to let in loads of light and keep the restaurant feeling vibrant.

With a long bar, slim banquettes, tabletops, and communal seating, Sapor truly feels ready for any type of diner. There’s a patio too for cool summer evenings, while inside friends can mingle, co-workers can grab a drink, and date night types can find a place to hide. Hanging bulbs and chandeliers add warmth, while some greener touches keep the room from feeling too sterile.

On the food front, look for Spanish-leaning small plates from Matthew Ignacio. The former Bay Area chef is now in Koreatown, working a menu that includes everything from patatas bravas with pimenton aioli and a pasta of the day to albondigas, plates of crispy pork belly, and galbi with bone marrow. While not quite a Journeymen-esque collection of grab-and-snack plates, there’s still a lot to share and sample. As for drinks, look for cocktails by way of longtime Copa d’Oro barman Vincenzo Marianella. Find an early menu over on the Sapor website now.

Sapor is looking to start serving next week, with their alcohol license coming through later this month. Hours will be dinner only to start, from 5 p.m. to midnight daily.

Sapor
3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Wonho Frank Lee
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