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Myers, a surfer who came up under Charlie Trotter, Daniel Boulud and Joachim Splichal, has deftly anticipated successive waves of L.A.'s dining zeitgeist.
First he opened the highly regarded Sona in 2002, which presented French-Japanese in a Zen setting throughout the decade's boom years. Then, for a short time, came Boule, a Parisian-style boulangerie that presaged today's macaron craze, and the still-lively Comme Ca (8479 Melrose Ave.), which was first out of the gate in the citywide French brasserie explosion.
Now there's Hinoki & the Bird (10 Century Drive), his passion-inducing 5-month-old outpost mere steps from CAA, ICM and Fox. Myers is contemporizing pan-Asian cooking, resulting in dishes like a lobster roll with Vietnamese green curry on a bun blackened by Japanese charcoal.
"Right now people want unique flavors, but they want them unadorned," he says. "They want the equivalent of a great pair of jeans and a really nice T-shirt."
Where else Myers eats: Son of a Gun, for the shrimp toast sandwich with sriracha mayo.