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Los Angeles diners are really stepping up to the plate – quite literally. Looking to interact with their chefs during their dining adventures, guests are seeking out new ways to engage in the experience of food preparation and innovation. Chefs have met them more than halfway, seeking the feedback their involved diners offer.

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(credit: Roku)


Roku
9201 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060
www.rokusunset.com

Roku is a highly sophisticated teppanyaki and sushi/omakase bar on Sunset Boulevard. Here, skilled teppan chefs create top of the line meat and fish dishes on a teppan grill, while sushi chefs present a traditional and elegant omakase experience, led by lead sushi chef Jiro Kobayashi. A creation of the Innovative Dining Group, patrons dining here can expect to taste a wide variety of high-end flavors in a sleek atmosphere.

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(credit: Providence)


Providence
5955 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
www.providencela.com

Consistently rated top of the class for dining in LA, Providence is a beautiful seafood restaurant that offers an exclusive chef’s table inside the kitchen. Guests seated here can fully view their meal being prepared, and chef/owner Michel Cimarusti personally speaks to diners and presents each course. This is innovative fine dining at its best.

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(credit: Scratch Bar)


Scratch | Bar
16101 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA. 91436
(818)646-6085
www.scratchbarla.com

Formerly located on La Cienega’s restaurant row, Scratch| Bar has long been known as the place for accessible yet cutting edge cuisine. Now positioned on the second floor of the Encino Place shopping center, this modern space serves up Top Chef contestant Phillip Frankland Lee’s inventive cuisine at a counter in front of the wood-burning grill or at scattered tables throughout the room. The chefs are actually doing the serving of haute cuisine and seasonal family favorites. Guests can find out the ingredients and preparation techniques, or actually watch the dishes being made.

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(credit: Anne A./Yelp)


Unit 120
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.hereslookingatyoula.com

Tucked away in Chinatown, Unit 120 is ultimately a pop-up restaurant that is also a culinary lab. The rotating chefs here can test their menus on patrons and get direct feedback about their edible inventions. Created by chef Alvin Cailan of Egg Slut fame, in this space diners can enjoy the cutting edge experience of helping chefs’ shape their cuisine. It’s quite an event. Tickets, found on the website listed, are required.

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(credit: Kent D./Yelp)


Wolvesmouth
Arts District, Downtown
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.wolvesmouth.com

Wolvesmouth at Wolfsden is a visionary dinner party whose location will not be revealed until diners score an invite to the party. Hosted in an Arts District loft space, this extremely popular supper club is a tough reservation to get. The team here is really a group of chef friends who work together creating a fabulously stylish and intricately presented meal. Chef Craig Thornton engages diners who’ve had to prove via emails they make worthy guests. For more information and to get on that mailing list, visit their website.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.