Mourn no longer for the loss of Waterloo & City, Chef Brendan Collins' Culver City restaurant which closed after five years at the end of 2014. Collins' next venture, Birch, opens tonight in Hollywood.
Instead of launching a gastropub redux, the British-born chef found inspiration in L.A.'s diverse ethnic food scenes for his small menu of shareables at Birch. Highlights include rabbit baklava, monkfish tikka masala and whole fried snapper with a saffron rouille. The beverage program is headed by general manager Sal Roses, formerly head bartender at MB Post, and features barrel-aged cocktails like the No Mames Guey, an old fashioned made with house-aged tequila.
From the official announcement of tonight's opening:
The name Birch is a subtle homage to chef Brendan Collins’ hometown of Nottingham, England, where he grew up near a copse of birch trees. This restaurant is the culmination of his journey as a chef – from his ten years working in Michelin-starred fine dining establishments throughout Europe to his planting of roots in Los Angeles more than a decade ago. Known for his ability to present flavor-rich and composed food, he continues to offer that same sensibility with an easy approachability.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Birch takes over the old Fuku Burger location on Cahuenga and has a dining room that seats 28, plus another 15 at a full-service bar and even more on a patio build into the brick-lined alley out back. The restaurant will be open for dinner starting tonight, with lunch, brunch and happy hour service to follow.
Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 960-3369; birchlosangeles.com; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 6 p.m.-midnight Friday & Saturday.