- Sushi Gen, address: 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, USA
Come early to grab a table, and know that they don't do the uber-creative 'look at me' kind of rolls. In this Japanese classic sushi spot, seven chefs stand behind the blonde wood bar, carving thick slabs of melt-in-your-mouth salmon, buttery toro, and a wonderful Japanese snapper, among other staples. Their sashimi special at lunch ($18) is a steal.
- Little Flower, address: 1424 W Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, USA
An adorable, locally loved cafe set just a mile over the Colorado Bridge from Old Town. They make banh mi sandwiches with chicken, roast beef or tempeh, as well as bowls stuffed with such things as dahl, raita, curried eggplant and steamed spinach, or salmon, shredded carrots, daikon, micro greens and ponzu.
- Fishing with Dynamite, address: 1148 Manhattan Ave, Los Angeles, USA
You'll love this place for their oysters and raw bar, the miso black cod, the serrano scallops seared and garnished with uni, and for their fried oyster po'boy, which is soul stirring. The menu is constantly rotating, but trust us, if you like binge eating on fine seafood, starve yourself for a day, then come here.
- Bestia, address: 2121 7th Pl - Los Angeles, USA - http://www.bestia.com , tel. 213-514-5724
The most sought-after reservation in town can be found at this new and splashy Italian kitchen in the Arts District. The antipasti ranges from crispy lamb pancetta to sea urchin crudo to veal tartare crostino. Did we mention the lamb's heart?
- Standing Room, address: 144 N Catalina Ave, Los Angeles, USA, tel. 310-374-7575
South Bay heads who know descend onto this tiny take-out grill, built into the back of a liquor store, where they do a range of burgers and reimagine other greasy spoon delights. Burgers are topped with scallions, a sesame leaf and a fried egg, or bacon, shishito peppers, cheddar and hoisin BBQ sauce.
- Phoenicia, address: 343 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, USA, tel. 818-956-7800.
Ok, the design lacks charm, but this is where local Lebanese and Armenian families land on Sunday nights for homeland delicacies such as soujouk (a spicy Armenian beef sausage, dried, sliced and sautéed with onion and tomato), maanek (Lebanese beef sausage with a lemon glaze), lessanat (lamb tongue sliced thin) and nekhat (lamb brains cooked in olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, served cold).
- Basement Tavern, address: 2640 Main St, Los Angeles, USA, http://www.basementtavern.com
A creative speakeasy, housed in the basement of the Victorian, and our favorite well in Santa Monica. We love it for their craftsman cocktails, cozy booths, island bar, and nightly live-music calendar that features blues, jazz, bluegrass and rock bands. It gets way too busy on weekends for our taste, but weeknights can be special.
- Federal Bar, address: 102 Pine Ave, Los Angeles, USA
This converted, historic bank with its weighty granite bar, crystal chandeliers, and burly wooden columns offers craft beers and booze behind the bar. They also have a venue downstairs where they host DJs and local bands, including nationally known stand-outs like Dengue Fever.
- Dirty Laundry, address: 1725 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, USA, http://dirtylaundrybarla.com
Under a cotton-candy pink apartment block of no particular import, is a funky den of musty odor and great times, low ceilings, exposed pipes, good whiskey behind the bar, groovy funk on the turn tables and plenty of pretty people with low inhibitions. There are velvet rope politics at work here, so reserve a table to make sure you slip through.
- Create Nightclub -Address: 6021 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
Open: Friday & Saturday 09:00pm – 04:00am
Tel: +1 323 463 3331
It features well-known electronic dance music DJs and experimental emerging talents.
- BLACK - Address: 6202 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
Tel: +1 323-871-4880
Open: Every day 08:00pm – 02:00am
It offers DJ music, an outdoor patio, karaoke nights and a rock ‘n’roll vibe.