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Russia’s Top Restaurant Will Pop Up for Two Nights at Vespertine in September

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Currently No. 13 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, White Rabbit chef Vladimir Mukhin will collaborate with Jordan Kahn

White dish topped with cabbage and fish roe with a pale yellow and green sauce.
Cabbage pie from White Rabbit
White Rabbit [Official photo]

Vespertine, already one of LA’s most rarefied dining experiences and the proud holder of a two Michelin-star rating, will soon host two exceptional evenings of cooking from Moscow’s White Rabbit, which is currently No. 13 on The World’s 50 Best restaurant list.

On September 17 and 18, White Rabbit chef Vladimir Mukhin will be cooking in the United States for the first time ever with a special collaboration dinner with Vespertine chef Jordan Kahn. Mukhin serves modern Russian cuisine in a sleek glass dome on the 16th floor of a high-end Moscow building. A typical tasting menu at White Rabbit costs 10,000 rubles ($151.46), and includes signature dishes like a baked cabbage topped with caviar and sea urchin with tangerine in a baked potato. White Rabbit first opened in 2012 and earned an episode on Netflix’s popular series Chef’s Table.

Here at Culver City’s Vespertine building, Mukhin and Kahn will serve a $375 tasting menu. While less expensive than a trip from LA to Moscow, a dinner for two with beverage pairings, tax, and gratuity will likely run over $1,000.

With LA’s new Michelin presence and the rise of ambitious tasting menu restaurants like Vespertine, Somni, Auburn, and Maude, Los Angeles is becoming a presence on the global culinary scene. LA might not have the renowned fine dining scenes of the Bay Area, Chicago, or New York City, but dinners like this one signals that the City of Angels is on the rise.

Reservations for the dinners on September 17 and 18 will be listed on Tock.

Vespertine. 3599 Hayden Ave, Culver City, CA.

Update: An earlier version of this article mentioned a $200 beverage pairing and $30 post-dinner snacks. The beverage pairing is priced at $125 ($100 for non-alcoholic) and post-dinner snacks will be included with dinner.

Bright dining room with brown chairs and seating, white tablecloth tables, and an open domed glass enclosure at White Rabbit restaurant in Moscow.
Dining room at White Rabbit
White Rabbit [Official photo]

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