Not in love
The Hollywood Reporter takes a tough look at the new Audrey in Westwood. The Hammer Museum restaurant “strives to be a destination... but mainly the impression is one of imprecision.” What’s more, the “waitstaff is often disinterested,” making for a tough night out.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar has expanded its offerings to daytime coffee, thanks to a well-placed espresso machine in one corner. Now customers can come in, get caffeinated, get some work done, and keep buzzing until its time for some lunch wine.
Monday night is kabob pop-up night at Shibumi, as the Logmeh crew does handmade meat skewers and sides within the Downtown Japanese restaurant starting at 8 p.m. on May 6.
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I am thrilled to be popping up with @habitualdiner at @shibumidtla next Monday, May 6 for a Kabob Pop-up. Cooking the way my gma used to serve it up... this one is real close to my heart ♥️ Come eat and enjoy some delicious libations ! Doors open at 8- 2am... WALK - IN ONLY
Keep it secret
NBC Los Angeles has the line on more than two dozen “secret” menu items to know about around the city, from the frequently off-menu puffy tacos at Bar Ama to the timeless Jazz Burger at Jitlada.
Toddrickallen has revealed an opening date for long-awaited Marina del Rey redo Stark’s, which takes over for the former Jerry’s Deli at 13181 Mindanao Way. The only slightly more upscale casual option does straightforward American standards for lunch and dinner, and should open on May 21.
Even more pastries are coming to Culver City soon. This time it’s Woops, the national chain that mostly trades in macarons and unique international specialities, opening inside the Westfield Culver City.
Check out this upcoming show called Amuse Bouche, that combines wine, food, and comedy all under one roof. The evening not only involves well-known comics but also food from Otoño, Hail Mary, and wine from Melody on Virgil. The May 7 party goes down at Melody starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.