Superstar Taylor Swift dined with girlfriends Brittany Mahomes and Lindsay Bell at Spago in Beverly Hills on Saturday, January 6 the night before appearing at the Golden Globes, where her documentary Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was nominated for the Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award but lost to Barbie. The trio was seated away from Spago’s main dining room in a dimly lit section that peers into the restaurant’s newly renovated and reconceptualized bar headed by beverage director Adam Fournier.
A report from People indicated that Swift and her pals ate wagyu steak and french fries from chef Ari Rosenson, while TMZ observed that Swift was “a bit preoccupied on her phone” throughout the evening. Eater confirms that Swift was chatting on her phone when Mahomes and Bell briefly went to the bathroom before the group departed from the restaurant shortly after 11 p.m.
Dining at the iconic 42-year-old establishment from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is on brand for Swift, who tends to frequent similarly well-known restaurants that serve dependable fare in New York City. Swift previously dined at Spago in March 2016 and owns a home in the neighborhood.
Sushi fix at LAX
Innovative Dining Group (BOA Steakhouse, Katana, and Sushi Roku) just opened a branch of the fast-casual sushi restaurant Yakumi inside LAX at Terminal 3. On the menu are Japanese standards like California and spicy tuna rolls, seaweed salad, and miso soup, along with wine, beer, and sake.
Spicy Sichuan doughnuts
Holey Grail Donuts is teaming up with Sua Suprette co-founder Jing Gao on a pineapple passion fruit Sichuan chili crisp doughnut available from now through January 31 at Larchmont and Santa Monica stores. As part of the collaboration, 20 percent of sales will be donated to raise proceeds for the Hollywood Food Coalition.
LAist dining predictions
LAist’s Gab Chabrán peers into his crystal ball to see what LA food and restaurant trends will emerge this year. Chabrán’s list of 10 predictions includes the rise in non-alcoholic beverages, slab cakes, vegan cuisine, and more.
Jemma Pizzeria opens this week
The latest restaurant from chef and restaurateur Jackson Kalb, Jemma Pizzeria, opens this Thursday, January 11 in the former Roca space in Pacific Palisades at the Palisades Village development owned by Rick Caruso. Jemma Pizzeria will serve personal-sized pies using the same dough and sauce recipes developed for Kalb’s Hollywood restaurant Jemma.