Ten Los Angeles Restaurants Recognized by MICHELIN Guide Inspectors

Ten Los Angeles Restaurants Recognized by MICHELIN Guide Inspectors

  • New additions in Los Angeles represent a diversity of cuisine types from Contemporary to Korean
  • New additions to be announced leading up to the MICHELIN Guide California Bib Gourmand and Star announcements in late September

GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 1, 2021 — The MICHELIN Guide today announced 10 new additions in Los Angeles to the 2021 MICHELIN Guide California selection. These establishments are highlighted as “New” on guide.michelin.com to help food lovers identify new discoveries prior to the annual announcement of Bib Gourmands and Stars.


Orange County and San Diego New Additions
Wednesday, Sept. 15

Here’s the list of new additions with inspector notes from each restaurant:

By day, guests lounge in the parlor nibbling on cheese and charcuterie. Come night, the kitchen grill roars with life. Cornbread eclair with chicken liver mousse is an easy decision, but choosing between the cavatelli with braised lamb and lamb fat gremolata or the half chicken with smoked jus is no small thing.

Birdie G’s
Chef Jeremy Fox’s homespun delight serves up square meals with satisfying swerves. Juicy grilled chicken takes a tropical turn with a mango-pineapple chimichurri; while jiggly Jell-O pie makes a comeback, infused here with strawberry, hibiscus and garnished with candied rose petals.

Located in the same building as sister restaurant Mélisse, the offerings here afford plenty of choices including a modest prix-fixe alongside à la carte options. The cuisine displays Chef Josiah Citrin’s signature combination of French technique with an abundance of California’s seasonal produce.

The food is contemporary American with a Californian accent, and dishes—not unlike the diners themselves—are eclectic and stylish. Sharing is key to fully appreciate this menu, which offers the likes of a half avocado filled with scallop ceviche and crowned with toasted quinoa.

Gabi James
The team prepares a litany of Spanish and coastal French plates, finished with California flair. Consider the likes of pan con tomate imbued with garlic salt, or tortilla Española with paper-thin potatoes and sherry vinegar aïoli.

Jeong Yuk Jeom
Courtesy of brothers Andrew and Jaeyong Son, with a name that denotes the Korean word for “butcher,” it’s no wonder they proffer only the most premium beef. Items like dry-aged prime rib or meaty short rib, arrive on a tray to be grilled tableside. Minimal embellishments, like soy and salt, ensure maximum enjoyment.

Noodle spots may be all the rage, but few prepare such a memorable handmade version of the delicious soba as Chef Ryu Isobe. The name is Japanese for “volcanic” and conveniently, this soba-focused spot blows the lid off its competitors. The menu offers many a choice, including a vegetarian option.

Konbi is the brainchild of Chefs Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto, who present a unique menu of Japanese sandwiches, product-focused small plates and Proustian pastries. Tuck into the pork katsu sandwich, a panko-crusted pork filet dabbed with tonkatsu sauce, Dijon mustard and set between slices of soft bread.

Pasta Bar
Chef Nate Tauer and owner Phillip Frankland Lee are the main players of this hip and lively spot. Your tasting may kickoff with the mushroom duxelles cannolo, starring a brik pastry shell and agrodolce, tailed by potato and sunchoke custard with crème fraîche and caviar.

Chef Minh Phan is a firecracker, as she greets guests like old friends and pours wine for all who look thirsty. The staff share her enthusiasm as they dish up Asian-inspired items. Best of all is the abalone liver porridge accompanied by more of the mollusk roasted with Maggi aïoli.

The new selections will be available on the MICHELIN Guide iOS and Android app. Download the app to explore all the Michelin-rated restaurants across the globe and book the world’s most unique and exciting hotels. App users can also create and share their own restaurant and hotel wish lists.

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