Hot New Restaurant -- The Sycamore Kitchen

THR’s pick of the week for industry dining is a casually refined mid-city café and bakery from the fine dining couple behind Hancock Park haven Hatfield’s.
Howard Wise

The Quick Pitch: Quinn and Karen Hatfield, the husband and wife team of top toques who cooked up the critically acclaimed, elegantly understated Hatfield’s — famous for its sashimi-and-quail egg “croque madame” — have decided to take a swing at the casual end of the dining spectrum at this basics-with-a-twist temple to casual consumption. That means cinnamon brioche French toast with grated apple slaw for breakfast and Mediterranean chicken salad with hazelnuts, radicchio and kale for lunch. Not to mention an enviable array of crostatas, galettes, tarts, cakes, breads, teas and coffees (the latter courtesy of cult purveyor Stumptown).

The Insider’s Dish: It’s named after Sycamore Ave., one block to the east, where the couple lived for years until a recent move.

The Must-Order Item: A “Double B-LTA” on country bread that features crispy braised pork belly, butter lettuce, balsamic tomatoes and avocado.

The Best Table: Under one of the umbrellas on the expansive, minimalist front patio.

The Industry Neighbor: Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is just up the street.

143 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., thesycamorekitchen.com

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