5722 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, California 90038
Critics' Pick
Kali +

Anne Fishbein Duck breast with carrots, honey and lavender at Kali


  • Mon.-Sat., 6-10 p.m.
At Kali, the newish restaurant on Melrose from former Patina chef Kevin Meehan and former Providence wine director Drew Langley, there is no shortage of beautiful things to feed your iPhone: an artfully assembled crudo speckled with edible flowers and dried citrus, for instance, or a dense quenelle of chocolate cremeux decorated with sprigs of mints. Meehan broke off from the world of fine dining back in 2012, leaving Patina to launch an underground pop-up restaurant, Kali Dining, which he ran out of his garage. Part of the pop-up's conceit was that it featured only ingredients sourced from California, a challenge that continued when the former pop-up morphed into a brick-and-mortar restaurant a few months ago. Along with Meehan came the chef's longtime best friend, Drew Langley, a guy whose wine and beverage acumen, after a decade of stocking the cellars at Providence, is among the sharpest in town.

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