Historic Filipinotown has seen plenty of changes in just the past year or so, which makes the incoming opening of HiFi Kitchen feel all the more special. The casual Filipino rice bowl takeaway spot opens next week along Beverly Boulevard, doing modern versions of the kind of classic dishes like lechon and chicken adobo the neighborhood has historically been known to embrace.
HiFi Kitchen comes by way of chef Justin Foronda, a local who previously gained some traction for his popular Bennadictz brunch pop-ups. Now he’s going full steam ahead into the restaurant realm with HiFi, doing lunchtime and delivery rice bowls (most are priced around $10) with a variety of proteins on top. Expect crispy pork lechon, a vegan mushroom adobo and vegan cauliflower la’ing, plus sides like pork lumpia. There’s even room for some sweet spaghetti with beef franks, which is something of a Filipino family tradition.
The plan for now is to start slow, opening on Monday, February 25 with daytime hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Delivery (via Postmates or GrubHub) will go a little later, until 6 p.m., and dinner and weekend hours are likely to start next month. Once it fully arrives, expect HiFi Kitchen to compete for turned heads and curious diners alongside places like Porridge + Puffs, cocktail bar Genever, and all the other fantastic low-key Filipino spots that have been doing their thing in the neighborhood for years.
HiFi Kitchen. 1667 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.