Manuela

907 E. Third St.
Los Angeles, California 90013
323-849-0480
Critics' Pick
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Anne Fishbein Manuela

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  • Lunch: Wed.-Fri., 11.30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Dinner: Wed.-Thu. & Sun., 5:30–10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m. Brunch: Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Manuela's glowy, tucked-away feel evokes New Orleans or Paris or another city that is much better at street life and hidden nooks, and the wondrous place where those two things meet. It's kind of indoors, and kind of outdoors, and the floor around the brass-and-marble outer bar is made of old cobblestones. A nearby private dining room features a mural by Raymond Pettibon, best known for his album art for punk rockers Black Flag. In the middle of Hauser Wirth Schimmel's open-air industrial courtyard, that giant metal rose sculpture made by artist Isa Genzken rises from the floor and stretches toward the sky. It's all quite overwhelming and affecting. Did I mention there's a garden with rare-breed chickens? The food includes a deer burger fired over wood, plus elk chili, elk tartare and dishes made with pheasant, quail, smoked fish and house-cured sausages. For dessert, roasted seasonal fruits will adorn olive oil or butter cake. Biscuits and doughnuts are priorities, too.

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