11334 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91602
Girasol +

Anne Fishbein Yellowfin tuna hamachi


  • Daily, 5-11 p.m.; brunch Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
When Girasol opened in 2013, you could see what chef C.J. Jacobson was aiming to do. His food was highly influenced by the time he spent at Copenhagen’s Noma, and the beautiful plating and dishes inspired by nature were refreshingly ambitious for this part of town. (In the intervening years Studio City has had a bit of a dining boom — Girasol was at the forefront of that movement.) But back in those early days, there were issues with execution, and the sense I got was that Jacobson’s kitchen staff was not able to live up to his significant ambition. A couple of years in, it seems they’ve caught up. Girasol now is serving some of L.A.’s most forward-thinking food. Flavors are delicate and surprising, such as hamachi served in a dazzlingly bright green sorrel broth made puckery with finger lime and punctuated by white fir and sea beans. If you’re sick of seeing the same ingredients everywhere, this is the place to come. Almost every dish has an element you may never have encountered before, and Jacobson has inventive ways to present the more common elements as well. That this restaurant has come so far is a testament to a chef who had a vision and stuck with it. We’re glad to see that vision come to beautiful fruition. —Besha Rodell

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