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sauce delivers a briny sucker punch of � avour.
Speaking of seafood, Providence restaurant
(providencela.com) was 2014's top-ranked
restaurant by critic Jonathan Gold in the Los
Angeles Times. The set menus range in price
from $100 to $210 (approx £65 to £135), and
feature exquisitely presented, � avour-rich
morsels, such as uni dressed with yuzu and
caviar or scallops with white tru e shavings.
While many of Los Angeles' established
favourites have as much to do with being
seen as the food, another exception is
Lucques (lucques.com), where chef Suzanne
Goin and her business partner Caroline Styne
have been o ering modern Mediterraneaninspired
dishes - think Ottolenghi with a
Californian twist - since 1998.
For a quick bite, Grand Central Market
(grandcentralmarket.com) is home to some
of LA's hippest eateries. Stand-outs include
the startlingly named Eggslut (eggslut.com), a
former food truck where the house speciality
(you guessed it, the slut) features a poached
egg served on top of creamy potato purée.
The burgers at Belcampo (belcampomeatco.
com) are lavishly lled works of art, but the
cabeza frita cemita (deep fried pig's head
and trotter meat with avocado and salsa)
may well be even better.
LA's spotlight may be trained on the
beautiful people, but the city's restaurants
are grabbing their own share of the column
inches. So check them out - you might even
get to enjoy a bit of the limelight too.
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WHEN TO GO
The best times to visit are autumn
(September-October) or spring/early
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WHERE DO THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE EAT?
Rather disappointingly, Hollywood stars don't tend to large it in gourmet
establishments. Instead, deals are cut in the swanky comfort of Wolfgang Puck's
Cut or Puck at the Bel-Air Hotel (wolfgangpuck.com), while old-school stars hang
out at venerable West Hollywood institution, Dan Tana's (dantanasrestaurant.com).
Nobu (noburestaurants.com) is still a favourite - sashimi is so very slimming, after
all - as is Matsuhisa (nobumatsuhisa.com), the restaurant where the Japanese chef
rst made his name. If you want to combine food, funk and fame, your best bets
are Animal, Trois Mec or NIGHT+MARKET (nightmarketla.com), where you can wash
your Thai street food down with natural wines. The ultimate informal star-spotting
venue, though, must be the Smoke House (smokehouse1946.com), located next to
Warner Bros studio - it's been an uno§ cial canteen to the stars since the 1960s.
Clockwise, from top left: Osteria Mozza;
a dish at NIGHT+MARKET; Eggslut in
Grand Central Market; NIGHT+MARKET