Here at Notion, we don’t just love music and fashion, but food and globetrotting, too! We headed over to Los Angeles, California recently to try out the best Asian eateries to make things easier for you and your tastebuds.
Chaya Venice has been spicing up the Westside dining scene for 26 years. The long-running eatery at the corner of Main and Navy recently had a makeover, now offering an even more elevated dining experience, with a strong menu overhaul to match. Signatures dishes include: Spicy Tuna Tartare served on crispy rice with avocado, creamy Uni Risotto, and the tangy Ahi Tuna Katsu.
The whole menu is guaranteed to transport your taste buds from Venice to Tokyo. Notable Chef Yuichi Natori is a resident chef on site at the C.S. Valentin-designed space. Weekday lunch hours run 11:30 AM. to 2:30 PM, with dinner hours, starting most nights at 6 PM and running to 10:30 PM. You can grab a Sunday dinner from 5 PM to 10 PM.
For those who fancy: Japanese food, something chill, beach dining
We’d recommend: Wagyu Beef and Spider Crab Sushi, Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
2) Little Fatty
At Little Fatty (owner David Kuo’s childhood nickname), the menu is chock-a-block with renditions of typical Chinese restaurant classics, such as Kung Pao Chicken and Walnut Shrimp. The menu also features typically Taiwanese staples such as Beef Noodle Soup, Sunday Gravy AKA Lu Rou Fan, and Scallion Pancakes, all Taiwanese recipes that are holdovers from Kuo’s previous concept, Status Kuo. Having eliminated the rest of the menu and stuck with these key items, we can trust that Kuo will have the creme-de-la-creme in Little Fatty.
Kuo’s focus on the quality of ingredients are paramount in Little Fatty; Kuo creates an accessible menu that is both authentic and modest. Little Fatty’s dishes are also MSG and preservative free, which is also a mega bonus. The restaurant has it all, tasty meals, culture, and ambience.
For those who fancy: Fun atmosphere, home away from home, friendly staff
We’d recommend: Vegan Fatty Noodles, General Tso Cauliflower
3) Black Rabbit Rose
Black Rabbit Rose is both a bar and a magic theatre, though unlike the neighbouring Magic Castle, it doesn’t require exclusive connections to get in. It might require some patience, though – the space is small, comprised of just two cosy rooms; a bar and a theatre. While the show is on, craft cocktails are whipped up in the bar area. Refreshments such as the refreshing Zig Zag Woman or the sultry Dark Arts made with lemongrass vodka, lime, aloe and activated charcoal can be ordered. In the theatre, you can watch an all-star magic show, priced at just $40 per person. The shows run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM, and feature magicians, illusionists, burlesque dancers and other talented performers. The talent is curated by Rob Zabrecky, an entertainer who has worked in magic, music, film and TV.
If dinner and a show are on the agenda, the Crying Tiger restaurant is located adjacent to Black Rabbit Rose, offering sizzling Thai and Chinese food. You won’t be able to bring external food into the theatre, but pork buns and lettuce wraps can be enjoyed before or after the show.
For those who fancy: Dinner and a show, exciting cocktails, quiet date
We’d recommend: Everythingggg!
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