Beverlywood’s newest addition is a kosher gastropub called Osher Bar & Grill. The restaurant opened three weeks ago in the former O’Woks space, and resides in what some refer to as the Kosher Corridor, which spans across Pico from La Cienega to Beverwil Drive.
Here’s the basics on keeping kosher: pork and shellfish are not allowed, while meat and dairy cannot be cooked or eaten together. Those limitations often split kosher restaurants into serving either meat or dairy, but not both. Chef Alexander Remer departed Fireside Kosher restaurant in Monsey, New York to create a menu unique to Beverwil, which is filled with delis, bakeries, a handful of notable Italian spots, and the prominent Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory.
Osher, which means “happiness” in Hebrew, has a casual feel with communal tables, multiple TVs, and bar seating. The bar has 16 craft beers on tap, 32 bottled beers, and cocktails with fresh juices, herbs, and house made garnishes like candied chilis. Osher’s smoke and sage drink contains mezcal, triple sec, agave, grapefruit, and fresh sage. There’s also a Cuban Tea shaken with aged rum, brandy, house made ginger syrup, lemon, and tea.
Remer’s seasonal menu remains steadfast to kosher, but jumps into the expected with egg rolls stuffed with duck confit and pulled veal with purple cabbage, blood orange hot wings without butter, kosher poutine, and chicken ‘parmeshew,’ a spin on chicken parmesan but with a cashew nut ‘cheese.’ Remer’s burger is butchered and ground in-house, with the addition of beef belly ‘bacon,’ and melted garlic aioli as a cheese substitute.
College roommages Yoni Rappaport and Kfir Kamelgard launched the idea, then brought on Kfir’s father Joe Kamelgard, and finally recruited Remer. All four partners moved west from the New York and New Jersey area, except Remer, who arrived from Chicago only weeks before the restaurant opened.
Yoni Rappaport believes Osher’s Bar & Grill is helping to take kosher food mainstream. “It’s traditional dining in a one-size-fits-all concept for the Jewish community, and for every community,” he says.
Osher Bar & Grill is open Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, with happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a dinner menu thereafter. The restaurant is closed for all Jewish holidays.
Osher Bar & Grill. 8657 W Pico Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA