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What You’re Eating – Spring Menus

March 19, 2014 5:00 AM

(credit: Acuna Hansen)

(credit: Acuna Hansen)

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Restaurants across the city are constantly updating menus with seasonal ingredients and dishes featuring fresh recipes, and a few spots are hosting special one-night only events during this month. If you are the kind of person who loves to stick a fork into something new every night, check out the offerings at some of L.A.’s great restaurants.
(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)

Mougin Inspired Spring Menu
Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Pl.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100

Starting March 18, Fig & Olive Melrose Place is introducing their Mougins-inspired Spring menu by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange which features flavors of the coastal town in the South of France along with seasonal and fresh produce from our own backyard. The regional farm-to-table menu features items such as the Seaweed Tapenade with Branzino Ceviche Crostini as well as a Vegetarian Tartine, Striped Bass and more. Our favorite? Try the Seaweed Spaghetti which is made of linguini along with black tiger shrimp, scallop and seaweed tartare.

(credit:" Chrystal Baker)

(credit:” Chrystal Baker)

La Hora Feliz
Mercado L.A.
7910 West Third Street
Los Angeles, California 90048
(323) 944-0947

Check out the L.A. location of Mercado during happy hour, which is offered daily from 5-7p. Tecate and Modelos are just $3 and $4, respectively, and wine and margaritas range from $6-9. It is the food that keeps people coming back though. The Carnitas Nachos are a big hit – a sizeable plate of warm chips, carnitas, black beans, guacamole and the restaurant’s signature choriqueso. The choriqueso is also available as its own dish if you can’t get enough of the spiced three-cheese blend. Other notable dishes include the crunchy, fresh Jicama Salad with chile tajin dressing, the tender Camarones al Ajillo with chile de arbol garlic butter and the savory Costillas de Res with mustard-guajillo sauce.

(credit: Acuna Hansen)

(credit: Acuna Hansen)

Wood and Vine
6280 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 334-3360

Chef Marc Johnson introduced several new menu items that feature small plates and appetizers perfect for sharing. He created several terrines and jarred pâtés that work for a quick bite – Duck & Walnut with Cherry Mostarda Wild Boar & Pecan with Apple Chutney, Vegetable Terrine with Ricotta, Chicken Liver Mousse with Blood Orange Marmalade and Smoked Salmon Rillettes. There are also a number of new offerings under the Plates section of the menu that feature seasonal produce, hearty game meats and delicate greens and herbs.

(credit: Chrystal Baker)

(credit: Chrystal Baker)

New Weekend Brunch
East Borough
9810 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8263

Fraîche Vietnamese restaurant East Borough now boasts a brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-3pm. Fusion dishes include the Egg Banh Mi with cucumbers and red jalapenos, Pan Perdu with rich custard, Saigon cinnamon, and kumquat marmalade, Oxtail Daikon Hash with daikon hash, chili, bok choy and sriracha hoisin aioli and Pho with beef brisket, bean sprouts, and Thai basil. Complete the meal with a sriracha, hoisin and mustard greens Bloody Mary, or shoot for a signature cocktail such as the Saigon Soda with gin and kiwi vinegar or the Mo Bourbon with Averna, St. Germain and apricot.

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(credit: Malibu Pier Restaurant)

Leader of the New School Dinner
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(323) 272-3012

Prepare yourself for an eight-course seafood feast hosted by Chef Jason Fullilove on March 23 from 6-10p. Participating chefs for the pop-up dinner are Kris Morningstar of Ray’s & Stark Bar, Brendan Collins from Larry’s and Waterloo & City and Phillip Frankland Lee of Scratch Bar LA. Hand rolled cavatelli with octopus ragu, hot smoked black cod, blue prawns with blistered green beans and green mussel and sea urchin sake shooters are just a few of the dishes to be served. There will also be live entertainment from DJ Brutha Gimel and Amaris Dupree. Advanced sale tickets are available online for $45.

(credit: RivaBella)

(credit: RivaBella)

9201 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

Join RivaBella as they unveil their Spring 2014 menu from executive chef Luigi Fineo who will bring a fresh rustic Italian fare to the restaurant. Using ingredients such as cabernet grape and pistachio flours, the 32 year old Italian chef brings a flair that is all his own. New Spring offerings will include items such as the Lobster with house-made ricotta, candied cashews and peach puree as well as an organic 1-year aged Acquerello risotto which comes with porcini mushrooms. In the mood for fish? Try the grilled whole branzino with roasted vegetables, citrus salt and Salmoriglio sauce. For dessert, choose the delicious liquid nitrogen vanilla ice cream which comes with your option of toppings such as Nutella, salted caramel, chocolate sauce and more!

(credit: Adem Sash)

(credit: Adem Sash)

Sommelier Saturdays
Del Frisco’s Grille
1551 Ocean Avenue #105
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-7333

Adem Sash has been in the wine and beverage management business for more than 15 years, and he also heads Del Frisco Grille’s wine program. The restaurant will kick off Sommelier Saturdays at Del Frisco’s Grilled starting Saturday, March 29. The public two hour wine series will be hosted on the last Saturday of each month. For $35 per person, guests will enjoy an in-depth wine lesson with Adem and a sampling of hors d’oeuvres. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

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Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.


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