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Michelin Just Added 3 Korean-Influenced LA Restaurants to the California Guide

Baroo, Hibi, and Olivia could be Bib Gourmands or starred restaurants next year

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A small appetizer with a small drink at a fine dining Korean restaurant.
Corn puree, apple, celery and cucumber, and fermented corn served alongside red yeast makgeolli, nduja, gouda, and pichuberry at Baroo.
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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Michelin just added seven new “discoveries” to the California Guide and three hail from Los Angeles: Baroo in the Arts District, and Hibi and Olivia in Koreatown. The latest additions could be included in next year’s guide as Bib Gourmand selections or starred restaurants. Most recently, Michelin held its annual awards ceremony in July 2023 and added six LA restaurant discoveries to the guide a month prior including Cento, Juliet, Dear Jane’s, Dunsmoor, Cobi’s, and Villa’s Tacos.

The three new LA restaurants have Korean influences. Baroo is the rebirth of Korean chef Kwang Uh and partner Mina Park’s celebrated former East Hollywood restaurant, reopening with an upscale but reasonably priced tasting menu in the Arts District. Though Baroo’s new menu departs from its fermentation-heavy past, it now weaves in Buddhist influences and features thoughtful takes on traditional preparations like soy-braised black cod and short rib.

Hibi, a Japanese- and Korean-influenced a la carte restaurant from chef Daniel Kim, has garnered buzz in local food forums and was recently featured in Eater’s weekend recommendations. The chef previously worked at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood under Yangban chefs Katianna and John Hong.

Finally, Olivia serves Korean- and Mexican-inflected vegetarian dishes at a Koreatown strip mall under the direction of veteran chef Mario Alberto. Artist Anderson Paak, who is of mixed African American and Korean heritage, is a co-owner.

The LA discoveries join four others across the state including Dalida, Kiln, and Movida in the Bay Area, as well as Paradisea in San Diego.

Baroo

905 East 2nd Street, , CA 90012 (213) 221-7967 Visit Website