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A Familiar Face Cooks Up Surprising Japanese Fare in Beverly Hills

Plus a legal ruling on service charges, and a secret deli pop-up

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A white bowl of soba noodles with greens and meat.
Soba at Kazan
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.

Japanese in Beverly Hills

There’s a familiar new face cooking up some quality Japanese fare in Beverly Hills these days. Ryu Isobe, who previously founded Tatsu Ramen on Melrose, is now off doing his own thing at newcomer Kazan in Beverly Hills, right on La Cienega in the historic Restaurant Row. The focus there is on handmade soba noodles and other snacky stuff in a glowing golden room, complete with bar seating that looks right in on the action. Expect lunch and dinner hours daily at 111 N. La Cienega.

A new ruling

A new California ruling could change the way that restaurants are forced to deal with service charges. The appellate court decision says that the food and beverage charges may indeed qualify as gratuities, which would greatly change the way they can be overseen by operators and staff alike.

Not so secret

Secret Deli is popping up at Melody wine bar on Virgil this coming Monday, working a menu of loaded latkes, Ugly Drum pastrami, and more. The full menu for the evening event is below.

Turn on the party

Culver City’s Margot is turning one, and to celebrate the rooftop restaurant is throwing a big party that includes an all-vinyl DJ set from none other than Mayer Hawthorne.

Best and new, indeed

LA Magazine is out with its best new restaurants of 2019 list, including nods for Angler, Bar Restaurant, Birdie G’s, Yours Truly, and more.

Another one for Tim

Timothy Hollingsworth is opening a San Francisco restaurant in Union Square next year, to be called All These Years, per the SF Chronicle.

Just in time for the holidays

Hippo in Highland Park is once again hosting a cheap drink-a-thon, with a whole menu of new cocktails from Clare Ward hovering at $13 or below nightly.