Hinoki & the Bird
Century City, CA 90067
- Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tue.-Thu., 6-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; happy hour, Tue.-Fri., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Full bar
- Reservations Accepted
Chef Brandon Kida is still knocking it out of the park at the serene Hinoki & the Bird with his seasonal ingredient–driven, modern Asian/American fare. Popular with the power-lunch crowd, the restaurant also serves dinner, which is more of a zen experience and nice for date night. Favorites from the raw bar include sashimi, beef tartare with pickled jalapeño and Parmesan, and a delightful uni baguette with ricotta and honey. The wild boar ribs are good for sharing, and everybody loves the roasted yam, which makes the perfect side to the roast duck with tamarind jus. The bar is friendly and great for happy hour. The $20 early-bird special offers a hefty okonomiyaki burger stuffed with hot peppers, tonkatsu sauce and sharp cheddar on a honey potato bun and your choice of draft beer or house wine. Or try a Miyagi mule, made with lemongrass-and-ginger–steeped vodka and cucumber wasabi boba. —Michele Stueven
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