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Kismet

4648 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Feliz, California 90027
323-409-0404
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Anne Fishbein Shakshuka: poached eggs in tomato stew, served with bread

Details

  • Daily, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Beer/Wine

With a name loosely translated as "fate," the East Hollywood restaurant from Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (proprietors of the Madcapra falafel stand in downtown's Grand Central Market) is one of the toughest reservations in town. The big-ticket item is the $80 rabbit feast for two, featuring a pair of rabbit legs, a rabbit stew and skewered rabbit kebabs. Despite the hefty price tag, the feast is a deliciously rustic preparation that perfectly encapsulates the ethos of the restaurant. The distinctive salads, loaded with fresh produce and laced with aromatic herbs, are the type of cuisine health-conscious Californians love. The menu is full of ingredients such as harissa, rosewater and za'atar. Kramer and Hymanson take exotic Middle Eastern cuisine and put their idiosyncratic stamp on it. The jeweled crispy rice, laced with a runny egg yolk that coats the rice as you plunge your fork in, will remind you of Persian tahdig. The freekeh fritters (looking awfully similar to expertly fried falafel balls) are paired with a bright green sauce surely inspired by Israeli zhug, an addictive dressing based on fiery hot chili peppers. The talented duo, who previously worked at a groundbreaking restaurant in Brooklyn, have reimagined humble Middle Eastern cuisine, meticulously attuning it to urbane, contemporary L.A. tastes. And Kismet serves a refreshingly killer rosewater lemonade spritzer to boot. —Kayvan Gabbay


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