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

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


  • Lunch, Mon.-Fri., noon-2 p.m.; dinner, daily, 6-10 p.m.
  • Local Ingredients
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine

At Kali, which comes to us courtesy of former Patina chef Kevin Meehan and former Providence wine director Drew Langley, part of the conceit is that the restaurant features only ingredients sourced from California. As you'd imagine from a kitchen whose boundaries lie at the state line, Kali's roster of dishes changes often. If you were to judge it from the Instagram feed alone, Meehan's cooking would seem more avant-garde than it actually is — much of the food here aims for comfort rather than shock. A tasting menu offers "sea urchin/yellowtail/black barley/cod/rib-eye/gelato" for $85 ($115 with wine pairing), or there's a 10-course chef's menu for $100 ($150 with wine). It's tempting to find a label that applies to Meehan and Langley's very personal project — the laid-back neighborhood gem, the freewheeling chef's counter, or maybe the ambitious temple of haute cuisine — but it's probably more accurate to simply call it a well-polished restaurant. —Garrett Snyder

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