A new addition to Culver City’s little India has arrived downtown. An engineer by trade, owner Mihir Lad has brought on the talents of chef Sagar Ghosh at the modern Indian restaurant Arth Bar + Kitchen. Small plates include a Kolkata Fish Fry, Asian seabass in cilantro parsley marinade served with fries and mustard sauce, the Bombay Burger, Garlic Fries, straight cut fries tossed in Peruvian garlic and herb mix, Sexy Fries, straight cut fries topped with green chutney, tomato gravy, and mayo, Old Monk Drunken Rum Infused Chicken Wings, and of course a classic Butter Chicken as well as plenty of paneer.
Located in the former AR Cucina space, Interior Designer Atithi Prajapati has created a light and contemporary atmosphere mixed with wood tones and touches of India, and features a full bar, chef counter, open kitchen with tandoor ovens in full view, an indoor dining room, and two patios.
The Bamboo Room craft cocktail lounge has opened in Westlake Village, with co-owners, Michelin Star Executive Chef Anthony Alaimo and Jeffrey S. Helfer at the helm. The moody lounge also serves live music alongside classic and signature cocktails like The Prescription (whiskey, french vanilla bean, cinnamon and lemon essence) and The Money Penny (vodka, cucumber, pressed citrus, fresh lemongrass topped with champagne).
Fusion taco shop Tu Madre is taking over L.A.’s smashburger kitchen UNCOOL to create the Quesabirria Burger featuring a classic smashburger, layered with griddled costra-style cheese filled with housemade short rib birria with a rich stew that soaks up the potato bun, and topped with a spicy Jalisco salsa and jalapenos for extra heat. The Quesabirria Burger is available exclusively at UNCOOL, from July 17 – July 31. But … birria fans can get the burger for just $1 Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18 at UNCOOL as long as they’re following @we.are.uncool
That’s Cool! Try & Buy Mart pop-up on Abbot Kinney kicks off this weekend, taking place Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18 and Thursday, July 22 – Saturday, July 24. From freebies from Parks Project, free joints from Dad Grass and CBD beverages to pop-up shops from vendors including custom hats, home goods and apparel, this first-time pop-up from experiential producers Bagavagabonds will offer a collection of cool major to indie brands for something fun in Venice Beach for the remainder of July. There will also be food pop-ups within the pop-up, including Yellow Paper Burger this Saturday.
Participating Partners/Vendors include:
- Bagavagabonds – your host with some fun experiential surprises
- Dad Grass – roll your own, spin-to-win wheel, buy product + apparel onsite
- Humblemaker – try samples of their Cold Brew Immunity shots + discounts
- Nondescript Hat Co. – sample sale of one-off hats + get a custom hat made onsite
- Parks Project – Home Goods, Candles + tons of freebies
- Recess – try their CBD-infused sparkling waters and get discounts at local retailers
- Yellow Paper Burger – popping up with burgers this Saturday
- YUMI – try and buy samples of their new Adult & Kids vitamins
Address: 1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
The James Beard Foundation Summer 2021 Taste America series returns to L.A. and takes place on Tuesday, July 20 with Chef Brandon Kida at Hinoki & the Bird. The three course meal curated by Kida will include wine and cocktail pairings. Menu highlights include a California Whitefish Crudo, Short-rib Sambal, and a Japanese Cotton Cheesecake. With Covid-19 safety in mind, there will be two dinner seatings at 5:00pm and 8:00pm, each seating will accommodate 100 people with seats sold in sets of 2, 4, and 6. The dinner will benefit the non-profit organization, which helps support the restaurant community through a series of programs. Tickets are $250 per pair and available here.