Hot New Restaurant: Pebble Beach Food & Wine Fest Folks Open a Pedigreed Pad in Downtown L.A.
Vets of Northern California’s acclaimed La Folie and French Laundry have been lured to a splashy space just a couple of blocks from L.A. Live.
The Quick Pitch: David Bernahl and Rob Weakley, the fine-food forces behind the Pebble Beach and Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals, seek to turn the sizable spot near Staples Center -- that until recently held the short-lived Towne -- into a serious destination dining address. They’ve brought in chef Michael Hung, previously of San Francisco haute haven La Folie, to execute a deft New American menu with the requisite flourishes (deviled Jidori eggs with kimchi, oxtail agnolotti with tangerine salsa and beef tendon chicharrones).
Desserts come courtesy of former French Laundry hand Ben Spungin; cocktails -- order the English milk punch -- are conjured by Michael Lay from Restaurant 1833 in Monterey.
The Insider’s Dish: One panel in the quilt-of-doors wall between the bar and the main dining area used to provide the point of entry for Bob Hope’s dressing room. Faith & Flower’s proprietors picked it up at the downtown L.A. salvage shop Olde Good Things further south on Grand Ave.
The Must-Order Item: A mushroom-stuffed quail entree perfectly roasted in the restaurant’s wood oven and served with a Madeira sauce.
The Industry Neighbor: Mad Men -- which frequently leverages the area's architecture for a masked Manhattan -- is currently shooting its final episodes at Los Angeles Center Studios a few blocks west.
705 W. 9th St., L.A., 213-239-0642, faithandflowerla.com