From custom-made salads and roasted venison to an audacious art installation, Los Angeles offers a feast for the palate and the eyes.
GREENLEAF GOURMET CHOPSHOP
For a flavorful take on L.A.’s perennial favorite, the salad, pop in to Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop. Drenched in its namesake hue, the sleek space offers made-to-order salads ($7.95) prepared in front of customers. Patrons can select from a medley of greens, four seasonal toppings (spiced lavosh and grilled pineapple are a few standouts), and a protein, and then drizzle on a house-made dressing (especially tempting are a pomegranate whole grain mustard vinaigrette and chipotle orange barbecue sauce). The indecisive can opt for one of chef Jonathan Rollo’s signature creations, such as the tortilla-wrapped Mexplosion or crisp Chop Chop, each paired with a selection of one of Greenleaf’s boutique wines and microbrews.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, 9671 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Calif., 90212; Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 310-246-0756
Tinseltown meets Koreatown at Shin, where tabletop grills and a backlit bar flank a copper-encased jellyfish aquarium. Although the interior drips with Hollywood drama, restaurateur Simon Shin keeps the menu simple: a selection of eight entrées ranging from marinated ribs to barbecue shrimp are prepped and ready for diners to grill at their tables, as are starters such as spicy brisket soup or a slow-cooked spare rib casserole. For those with a hearty appetite, the Emperor’s meal ($65 per person) culls a selection of Shin’s favorites for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza, including such scrumptious desserts as a green tea crème brûlée or chocolate ginger cake.
Shin, 1600 North Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, 90028; Open Tuesday through Sunday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 323-464-4100
With the help of Philippe Starck, a block of Sunset Boulevard is being transformed this fall into the spare, stylized exterior of XIV. At the core of Starck’s rich wood-paneled interior (intricate fireplaces, bookshelves and original artwork flank lush banquettes), is celebrated chef Michael Mina’s menu. Conceived to offer a family-style dining experience without the hassle, Mina serves delicacies such as artisan charcuterie in a peach mustard, roasted venison with huckleberry, or sake and maple cured kanpachi to the entire table, portioned into separate plates and marked at single-serving prices (ranging from $6 to $12). Mina’s lemongrass custard or white chocolate cube garnished with pistachio, sake and chrysanthemum provide a palate-pleasing conclusion to any night on the town.
XIV, 8117 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90046; Sunday through Wednesday, 6 to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; 323-656-1414
HOLLYWOULD: FREEWAVES’ 11TH BIENNIAL FESTIVAL
On Thursday night, the media arts organization Freewaves will reinvent seven blocks of Hollywood Boulevard as a dynamic gallery space. Titled Hollywould, Freewaves’ 11th biennial festival will feature 160 provocative videos, films and media art selected from more than 2,000 entries worldwide. Director Anne Bray has opted to feature the work around and within the storefronts lining the famous street. “I see it as part of a continuum of trying to get art into public view — particularly difficult, interesting, fun and challenging art,” Bray said. There will be themed events at venues such as the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre, the Musician’s Institute and the Knitting Factory.
Freewaves Presents Hollywould, Hollywood Boulevard (from North Sycamore Avenue to Wilcox Avenue); Oct. 9-13; Complete festival schedule, map and more information at freewaves.org.