Los Angeles’s current Filipino food obsession has infiltrated the InterContinental Century City, with a month-long pop-up at Mari restaurant. On Thursdays from August 9 through 30, chef Brian Bellicourt will host a Filipino-inspired dinner in Mari’s outdoor garden.
Bellicourt’s pop-up takes over Mari’s entire outdoor courtyard with a menu inspired by his mother’s cooking. Think traditional dishes with modern twist on three courses, like or the pork belly sisig toast with pâté, or chicken adobo with sautéed ong choy, ube mashed potatoes, pickled unripe papaya, carrots, and peppers, in a vinegar soy-garlic glaze. Instead of the traditional bibingka made with sweet rice four and cream of coconut, Bellicourt’s version uses cornbread with a blueberry lemon thyme compote.
Bellicourt was born on a US naval base in the Philippines, and joined InterContinental at Mari after roles at the Jonathan Club and Fairmont Miramar. Mari reopened in 2016 after an extensive renovation. Named after the hotel’s owner, Mari’s flavors derive from the hotelier’s Japanese heritage. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the fixed menu goes for $55 per person, and diners get to choose each course. Reservations are limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, party size, date, and preferred time.