Taste the trend
The modern Middle Eastern food movement is in full swing in Los Angeles right now. That means everyone from Ori Menashe to the Kismet team is busy putting their stamp on popular regional dishes from shawarma to malawach, and now some of the world’s best Israeli chefs want in on the action with the return of the annual Taste of Israel food festival.
This year’s event goes down on June 7 at the Skirball Cultural Center, with names like Eyal Shani (Miznon), Meir Adoni (Blue Sky), and Tomer Blechman (Miss Ada) participating. Local talent includes Anne Conness of the popular new Jaffa along West Third Street. The internationally-studded culinary showcase will also highlight Israeli wines and other products, with tickets for the event running a staggering $360 per person.
The big winners
GQ recently unveiled its list of best new restaurants for 2018, and Los Angeles anchors the piece with two places all its own. There’s Majordomo, proving Chang’s ability to keep racking up awards, as well as Dave Beran’s tasting menu spot Dialogue in Santa Monica.
We Have Noodles x brunch
There’s a new Silver Lake brunch to know about, and it’s being put on by the team at We Have Noodles. Check out the dim sum creations via the menu below.
Border Grill party
Downtown’s Border Grill is doing it up big for Cinco de Mayo, offering an all-day deal on food and drink. There are $5 beers and margaritas, reduced-price tacos, a DJ, and more.
Royce Burke works the flames
Chef Royce Burke is popping up at Hollywood’s Eastown space for a dinner soon. Expect a meaty feast with Argentinian influences, plus some other secret surprises for the Thursday cook, which runs $75 a head.
An update on flavors
Food Talk Central gets into the nitty gritty when discussing LiOrient in Downtown. Longtime Chinese food enthusiast and chronicler David Chan discusses the restaurant’s Sichuan-leaning menu items, its Chinese-American influence, and everything else.
Ludo and the kids
Here’s a fun video with Ludo and his kids making a birthday cake. The tiny twosome immediately steamrolls the celebrity chef in the kitchen, but the results are pretty adorable.