Chefs Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer aren’t trying to save the world with their new Kismet Rotisserie in Los Feliz; but maybe serving quality, easy food to a hungry neighborhood is a step in the right direction.
The new standalone restaurant, with its cream and sunny yellow tones, opens Wednesday with a menu of slow-cooked basics like whole and half chickens, plus salads, pita sandwiches, sides, and lots of stuff for the kids. This is the former Yuca’s on Hollywood, but done up in classic funky Kismet fashion, including house plants, big pops of color, and plenty of fun.
As for the menu — shown below — Hymanson and Kramer say they’re aiming for something simple and reliable and meant for all ages. Quarter chickens start at $8 ($32 for a whole), and sides include a $4 wedge salad, curried cauliflower, cucumbers, and shaved carrots, plus potatoes fried in chicken schmaltz and a variety of spreads from tahini and hummus to chili oil and that ubiquitous fast casual chicken staple: garlic spread.
Chicken further takes center stage in pita sandwiches and salads, and there’s even smaller versions for the little ones on the adorably-named “kidsmet” portion of the menu. Tahini chocolate chip cookies and halvah pudding cups round out the offerings.
For now, Kismet Rotisserie is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (starting tomorrow, January 15), with lots of room for grab and go meals and a couple dozen outdoor seats as well. The plan is to grow into delivery via the usual apps in a few weeks, and to immediately offer catering for large groups. After all, Hymanson and Kramer (who also own nearby sit-down restaurant Kismet and Downtown’s Kismet Falafel) are just out to serve as many people as they can.