An all-star chef lineup including Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai, Andrew Zimmern, Rodney Scott, and pizzanista Ann Kim opened the doors to the colorful new Netflix Bites pop-up on Fairfax Avenue on Tuesday. The 106-seat eatery and bar dedicated to the network’s celebrity chefs will open to the public on Friday, June 30, for three months at the new Short Stories Hotel.
Both Stone and Tsai worked the patio passing out signature appetizers like woodfired lamb ribs with leek and ash yogurt as well as hamachi sashimi. Drinkmasters mixologist Kate Gerwin was pouring Everything But The Alley Cat from episode #2 (Mount Gay dark rum, homemade coconut guava elixir, toasted orgeat, milk, and fresh lime juice) alongside a cornbread old fashioned.
Kim worked the pizza oven while pitmaster Rodney Scott supervised the slow smoke of a whole hog, which was served southern style with white bread and collards. Zimmern, who is perhaps more famous for his exotic taste in bizarre foods like bull testicles and crickets, opted for a downhome version of his grandmother’s meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy. The crowning glory of the evening was Nadiya Hussain’s honey cake with salted hazelnuts.
The three-month pop-up will also spotlight acclaimed chefs from popular Netflix series collaborating on menus like Dominique Crenn, Hussain (Nadiya Bakes), Jacques Torres (Nailed It!) and mixologists from Drink Masters like Frankie Solark, Julie Reiner, and LP O’Brien rounding things out at the lively bar with custom craft cocktails.
The restaurant is open daily for dinner and brunch on weekends, featuring options from the chefs including a Viennoiserie trolley with a selection of sweet and savory pastries from The Pie Room by Stone’s Gwen, Kim’s tomato sauce kimchi sakura pork scallion with sesame, as featured on Chef’s Table: Pizza, and Crenn’s tortilla Espanola with pickled jalapeno, smoked creme fraiche and caviar.
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